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For Immediate Release
SHRM Highlights Three Areas of Concern with the SAFE Act
(Alexandria, VA, April 17, 2007) - Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) member and attorney Sue Willman testified today before the Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety on domestic violence in the workplace.
A survivor of domestic violence, Ms. Willman's testimony focused on employers' efforts to respond to workplace violence. She presented the views of SHRM on the Security and Financial Empowerment Act—or SAFE Act—which would require employers with 15 or more employees to provide 30 days of leave for issues relating to domestic violence.
"SHRM strongly believes that every employee is entitled to a safe work environment," said Willman. "HR professionals play a critical role by supporting policies that limit the occurrence of violent incidents."
SHRM's testimony highlighted three areas of concern with the Act. These include:
Although the purpose of the SAFE Act is laudable, SHRM believes the legislation as constructed presents challenges for employers and employees.
To review SHRM's testimony, visit the SHRM Government Affairs Web page at http://www.shrm.org/government/ . For more questions or interviews to discuss SHRM's workplace and legislative priorities, please contact SHRM Media Affairs at (703) 535-6012 or (703) 535-6356.
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