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SHRM HR Issues Update
 

   6/12/2009
 

Workplace Flexibility

SHRM’s COO Tells Congress “We Need To Adopt a Different Approach” to Federally-Mandated Workplace Leave Policies
In oral testimony yesterday before the House Subcommittee on Workplace Protections, SHRM Chief Operating Officer China Gorman stated, “We need to adopt a different approach to all leave policies – an approach that reflects the needs of today’s more mobile, diverse and flexible 21st Century workforce.”  [ 
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Health Care Reform


Health Care Reform Heats Up

Just as the hazy, hot days of summer roll into the Nation’s capital, debate on overhauling our health care system is heating up.  Earlier this week, Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) released the Affordable Health Choices Act, the first comprehensive health reform proposal to be circulated on Capitol Hill.  More ]


Veterans Employment Protections

House Passes Veterans’ Employment Non-discrimination Bill  
On Monday, June 8, the U.S. House unanimously passed H.R. 466, the Wounded Veteran Job Security Act.  The legislation would amend the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) to prevent employers from discriminating against employees because they are being treated for service-related medical conditions.  [ More ]


In the States


HR Public Policy Issues Advancing in State Legislatures 
With summer just around the corner, many state legislatures have been busy passing bills that will impact the day-to-day operations of HR professionals.  [ More ]


Regulatory Developments


SHRM Provides Input on Shaping Mental Health Parity Regulations  
On Thursday, May 28, SHRM submitted comments on implementation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-343 §§ 511, 512).  These comments were in response to a joint Request for Information (RFI) issued by the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Internal Revenue Service seeking information for formulating rules to implement the Act.  [ More ]

 

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