SHRM to Visit Capitol Hill to Support Tax-free Education Assistance

Feb 28, 2012
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Challenge to NLRB’s rule on quick union elections also to get backing of HR executives

Washington, D.C. – Feb. 28, 2012 – About 200 members of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) will be on Capitol Hill on March 7 to share with Congress how pending measures affect American employers and employees.

The visit to Capitol Hill by human resource executives from 48 states will take place during SHRM’s Employment Law & Legislative Conference being held March 4-7 at the Hyatt Regency Washington hotel on Capitol Hill.

Among the HR experts visiting their representatives will be SHRM President and CEO Henry G. (Hank) Jackson and Jose Berrios, chair of the SHRM Board of Directors.

The HR professionals will voice their support for:

  • Making permanent a tax-code provision (Section 127) that allows tax-free employer-provided education assistance for employees; and
  • Nullifying a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule on union elections.

Tax-free education assistance: About one million American workers use employer-provided education assistance, which allows an employee to exclude from income up to $5,250 a year for undergraduate- and graduate-level courses.

While on Capitol Hill, SHRM members will support efforts by U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, R-Texas, and Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., who are expected to introduce legislation to make the tax-code provision permanent.

Section 127 of the Internal Revenue tax code will expire on Dec. 31 with Bush-era tax cuts unless Congress takes action. Established in 1978, the provision has been extended by Congress nine times, most recently in 2010.

As co-chair of the Coalition to Preserve Employer Provided Education Assistance, SHRM encourages Congress to make the tax provision permanent to ensure that the United States has the skilled workforce necessary to compete in the global economy.

NLRB rule on union elections: SHRM also supports Senate Joint Resolution 36 introduced by U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and House Joint Resolution 103 introduced by U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga., which challenge the NLRB’s rules on “quick elections” for unions.

The rule, to take effect on April 30, shortens the time in which employers can respond to petitions for union representation.

The resolutions are based on the Congressional Review Act of 1996, which allows the Senate and House to consider a joint resolution of disapproval to stop a federal agency from implementing a rule.

MEDIA: For more information, contact Kate Kennedy at kate.kennedy@shrm.org and 703-535-6260 or Julie Malveaux at julie.malveaux@shrm.org and 703-535-6273.

For more information on Section 127, visit the Coalition to Preserve Employer Provided Education Assistance.

For more information on SHRM advocacy, visit SHRM’s website.

About the Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in more than 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM Online at www.shrm.org or follow SHRM @SHRMPress.

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