New SHRM App Helps Strengthen HR Advocacy Efforts, Engages Members

By SHRM Online staff Mar 19, 2015

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is introducing the SHRM Advocacy app in time for its 2015 Employment Law & Legislative Conference, which begins March 23 in Washington, D.C.

The mobile tool is free at app stores and is explained in a tutorial on YouTube.

SHRM’s rapidly growing Advocacy Team (“A-Team”) is made up of members who engage regularly with lawmakers on behalf of HR-related public-policy issues. During Congress’s recess in August, for example, two Delaware SHRM chapter board members met in the state office of Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., to discuss the chapter’s concerns over pending legislation affecting federal contractors and changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act.

A-Team members have been among the first to take advantage of the app, noted Meredith Nethercutt, senior associate for member advocacy at SHRM.

“This resource will be of particular help to SHRM members participating in this year’s 2015 Employment Law & Legislative Conference,” she pointed out. The app will be a “lifesaver” for those attending conference sessions or events or visiting directly with lawmakers on Capitol Hill on March 25, Nethercutt said, “by providing the conference schedule, as well as how to maneuver meetings with members of Congress.”

She added that all SHRM members can use the app to keep up-to-date on all legislative and agency proposals affecting the workplace. Among its features:

*Take Action button: Uses SHRM-provided templates to respond to the Society’s calls to action on HR-related issues before state or federal lawmakers.

*Lawmaker Directory button: Connects with the user’s state and federal lawmakers and outlines lawmakers’ positions on HR-related issues.

*Advocacy Team Resources button: Allows members to join the A-Team and access its resources.

*Key Issues button: Gives briefings on public-policy issues affecting the workplace and SHRM position statements, as well as talking points on those issues.

*LawmakerEvent Feedback button: Activates a form individuals can use to let SHRM know the outcome of a meeting or conversation with a lawmaker.

*Spread the Word button: Helps users engage with elected officials and fellow HR professionals on social media.

Related Article:

SHRM Recruits Advocacy Team Members

Related Resources:

Advocacy Team Resource Page, SHRM Public Policy

SHRM Policy Action Center

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