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Washington Update

SHRM Nets Two Supreme Court Victories
On April 16, the U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions in two cases, Genesis HealthCare Corp. v. Symczyk and U.S. Airways, Inc. v. McCutchen.  In both cases, the Court took the position SHRM advocated in its amicus briefs filed with the Court. [ More ]

SHRM-Supported Comp Time Bill Advances to the House Floor
Last week, the Committee on Education and the Workforce approved H.R. 1406, the Working Families Flexibility Act by a vote of 23-14, sending the measure to the full House of Representatives for consideration.  SHRM supports this legislation to allow private-sector employers to give nonexempt employees the choice of paid time off in lieu of payments for any overtime hours worked. [ More ]

Senate Panel Considers Nominees to the EEOC, Awaits Action on DOL and NLRB Nominees Next
The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee has spent much of April considering several of President Obama’s nominations for key labor and employment policy posts in the executive branch. [ More ]

In The States

Arkansas Governor Signs ARSHRM-backed Vets Preference Bill into Law
On April 4, Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe signed into law Act 598, the Voluntary Veterans Preference Act. This new law provides private-sector employers in Arkansas the ability to implement a veterans’ preference practice in the hiring process on a voluntary basis.  The Government Affairs Team of Arkansas SHRM (ARSHRM) worked tirelessly for the bill’s introduction and passage through the legislature.  Similar legislation was advanced by Washington State SHRM and enacted into law in 2011.
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CalSHRM State Director Testifies in Support of Workplace Flexibility
On April 24, the California Society for Human Resource Management (CalSHRM) state director, Deb Horne, testified before the California Senate in Sacramento in strong support of legislation (S.B. 607) designed to advance workplace flexibility among nonexempt, private-sector employees throughout the state. 
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Member Advocacy

SHRM Members Advocate in Their Respective State Capitols 
Across the country earlier this month, various state affiliates of SHRM hosted “Hill Days” in their respective state capitols where HR practitioners conducted face-to-face meetings with state representatives and staff members.  These efforts compliment the main thrust of SHRM’s national federal effort coined the “Advocacy Team” (or A-Team), to inform elected officials about the HR profession and how certain public-policy issues will impact the workplace in their states. SHRM understands how vital member participation is to advancing the views of the profession and applauds these state affiliates for seizing the opportunity to “put a face” behind HR and to let their voices be heard.
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Workplace Flexibility

When Work Works Update 
When Work Works rolled into Louisiana last week providing workplace flexibility educational programming to over 130 SHRM members in the New Orleans area! Next up on the “Tour de Workflex” are stops in Maine, North Carolina and Montana. 
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