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2012 Elections

Presidential Debates Highlight HR Issues
As the presidential election heads into the final stretch, Americans have been treated to three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate. During these debates, issues important to human resource professionals were center stage. Here is what the candidates had to say on: the skills gap, pay equity, and immigration reform. [ More

SHRM Offerings to Provide Early Analysis of Election Result
While the results of the 2012 elections aren't known, it is clear the outcome will have a significant impact on workplace issues. Also important, Congress will soon begin its "lame duck" session that could forestall the fiscal cliff facing the country. Immediately after the election, SHRM will make a podcast and webcast available to members, offering analysis of the election results and the Congressional agenda for the rest of 2012. [ More ]

Supreme Court Developments

Supreme Court Identifies Workplace Issues for Scrutiny in New Session
The Supreme Court is set to hear a handful of workplace-related cases during their 2012-2013 session which opened on October 1.  Because of their importance to HR, SHRM has identified three cases in which it will file amicus, or friend-of-the-court, briefs in cases involving health care reimbursement, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and employer liability under Title VII. [ More ]

Workplace Flexibility

SHRM and the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) Release Work-Life Flexibility Survey for Capitol Hill
On October 24, SHRM and the CMF released “Life in Congress: Aligning Work and Life in the U.S. House and Senate,” a survey of more than 1,400 people who work in the U.S. House and Senate, at the second annual Workflex Conference hosted by SHRM and the Families and Work Institute in Chicago. [ More

Workplace Flexibility Appears to be on Everyone’s Mind
First, workplace flexibility was mentioned by both candidates during the 2nd presidential debate.  Then SHRM and the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) issued a joint study on the issue and how it tracks with Capitol Hill staffers. Next, SHRM and the Families and Work Institute (FWI), co-hosted the 2012 Workflex Conference: Re-imagining the Workplace in Chicago. [ More ] 

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