HR Issues Update

Public Policy News for HR Professionals

February 19, 2016


Capitol Hill Update 

Overtime Rule Heating Up on Capitol Hill

After significant outreach from the SHRM A-Team, an impressive 108 bipartisan members of Congress signed a congressional support letter to Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Tom Perez expressing serious concerns with the proposed overtime rule. In the letter, congressional leaders urged the DOL to reconsider moving forward with the rule as drafted, noting the unintended consequences for both employees and employers. Lawmakers also noted that the proposal does not clearly explain the DOL’s plan regarding the duties test. The secretary is urged to not make substantive changes to the duties test without first making a specific proposal available for notice and comment. [ More ]

SHRM Supports Recently Introduced Legislation Addressing Reference Checks

Last week, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced legislation titled the Safe Harbor for Reporting Violent Behavior Act of 2016 (H.R. 4532). The bill, which is pending for the committee, would provide a safe harbor from lawsuits to those employers that, in good faith and based on objectively reasonable suspicion, make a report about violent or threatening behavior by an employee or former employee to a potential future employer. The bill is modeled after a 2007 law that provides a safe harbor from lawsuits to those who report suspicious behavior on public transportation systems. [ More ]

Retirement Savings and Protections for Plan Participants Examined by Congress
Over the past month, three congressional committees have held hearings about taking a closer look at issues related to retirement plans, primarily defined benefit pension plans. [ More]

Fiscal Year 2017 Budget 

HR-Related Proposals Sprinkled Throughout President’s Budget Proposal 

On Feb. 9, President Barack Obama released his proposed fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget, which contains a number of items of interest to HR professionals. [ More]

Immigration Reform

What a Presidential Race, Agency Actions and Court Decisions Have in Common

It is clearly a time of political uncertainty in the United States. As an employer, you are no doubt wondering whether HR issues, including immigration reform, will see action this year or in the next Congress. Specific to immigration, the issue remains divisive among the candidates on the path to the White House this November. [ More]

Government Contractor Recruiting 

Diversity and Disability Recruitment Opportunity for Employers Doing Business with the Federal Government 

On March 16, the U.S. Social Security Administration is sponsoring a free virtual job fair designed to help federal contractors achieve their recruitment objectives for hiring diverse individuals and people with disabilities. This virtual job fair is designed to help employers that have 10 or more current job openings in one or more of the following states: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia or West Virginia, as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico. During the fair, recruiters will have the opportunity to review the resumes of job-ready candidates and talk with candidates via chat forums and one-on-one messages. There will also be a pre-event webinar for recruiters to ask questions ahead of time to ensure a productive experience. To learn more or to register to participate, respond by Wednesday, Feb. 24 to with your name, phone number and company name. You will then be contacted by the virtual job fair team..


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