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ICE To Issue Amended Regulations Today Relating to the Unlawful Hiring or Continued Employment of Unauthorized Aliens
As we go to print with this week's issue of HR Issues Update, SHRM staff has just returned from a White House briefing where the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced two regulatory actions relating to unlawful hiring or continued employment of unauthorized aliens. [More]
Member Advocacy 

Congress Goes Home for August Vacation
Your elected officials want to spend their vacation with you! Now that Congress has adjourned for the August recess, this is the perfect time to reach out to your elected officials -- especially to U.S. senators and representatives who are home in their respective districts through Labor Day. [More]
Military Leave

Leave for Military Families Advances in the Senate
Last week, before passing the children's health insurance bill H.R.976 (called the "SCHIP Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2007"), the Senate unanimously adopted two amendments that would expand family and medical leave to family caregivers of injured service members. The amendments were sponsored by three Democratic candidates for President -- U.S. Senators Barack Obama (D-IL), Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Hillary Clinton (D-NY). [More]
Educational Assistance Benefits

House Seeks To Make Education Tax Break Permanent
American employers may soon be able to count on an important tax benefit -- permanently. U.S. Representatives Sander Levin (D-MI) and Phil English (R-PA), senior members of the House Ways & Means Committee, introduced the "Employee Educational Assistance Act" to make permanent a tax break for employers who pay certain education costs for employees. The bill (H.R. 3418) was introduced on August 3. [More]
Pay Equity

Congress Takes Step To Nullify Ledbetter Decision
If a House-passed bill becomes law, you may need to consider retaining all employee records indefinitely. On July 31, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2831, the "Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act," by a vote of 225 - 199. If enacted into law, the bill would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., and greatly expand the time period for filing a pay discrimination claim by linking it to every time an employee receives a paycheck or pension payment from an employer. [More]
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