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2014 Employment Law & Legislative Conference


In spite of a Sunday evening snowstorm and the resulting closure of the federal government the following day, SHRM and the Council for Global Immigration last week hosted over 450 HR professionals in Washington, D.C., at the 2014 Employment Law & Legislative Conference.

This year’s event featured an all-star lineup of keynote speakers including Thomas Perez, secretary of the Department of Labor (at right); Tucker Carlson, co-host of “Fox and Friends Weekend” and the editor-in-chief of the Daily Caller news site, and Paul Begala, a political commentator for CNN and Clinton White House insider (below); Jeffrey Toobin, a high-profile Supreme Court analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker; and Carly Fiorina, labeled “The Most Powerful Woman in Business” by Fortune magazine—and the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company. In addition, concurrent sessions offered attendees insight into many issues relevant to today’s workforce, including health care reform and its implementation, the global skills gap and immigration, managing employee requests under the ADA and FMLA and bullying in the workplace.

At its Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, SHRM hosted Former Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, who provided remarks to conference attendees on the importance of advocating directly with legislators about policy issues of concern to the HR profession.  In addition, House Speaker John Boehner’s policy aide Rebecca Tallent shared her thoughts on the likelihood of immigration reform this year, while Dave Olander, chief tax counsel to the House Ways and Means Committee, provided timely comments to conference attendees on tax reform—specifically the importance of communicating to lawmakers the vital need to preserve the tax preference of employer-provided employee benefits.

Nearly 200 conference participants trekked to Capitol Hill to meet with their respective lawmakers’ legislative staffs to advocate on behalf of the HR profession. In total, Capitol Hill Day participants visited 199 congressional offices (117 House and 82 Senate), advocating for the protection of employee benefits as part of tax reform and deficit reduction, creating a workable immigration system and amending the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) definition of a full-time employee

To learn more about SHRM’s public-policy priorities for 2014, visit HERE to check out SHRM’s 2014 Public Policy Issues Guide.

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