HR Issues Update

Public Policy News for the HR Professional

Jan 15, 2016

Thought Leadership

SC SHRM Plays Key Role in Developing Domestic Violence Policy for SC Employers
On Jan. 7, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley held a press conference to discuss the work of the South Carolina Domestic Violence Task Force.  During the conference, Richele Taylor, director of the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, noted the pending release of a model HR policy on domestic violence for both public- and private-sector employers. [ More ] 

Capitol Hill Update

HR Issues Front and Center in President’s Final State of the Union Address
In his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama chose not to deliver the traditional mantra of listing a litany of political priorities for the coming year. Instead, he outlined his key priorities for the remainder of his term in office, with a tone of optimism and a forward looking approach. Specific to HR, the President’s remarks advocated in advancing key workplace initiatives including reforming the immigration system, requiring equal pay for equal work, mandating paid leave, raising the minimum wage, promoting retirement security and providing affordable health care coverage for all Americans. [ More ]   

California Update 

CalSHRM and SHRM Again Advocate for the Adoption of Workflex in Sacramento 
On Jan. 13, California SHRM (CalSHRM) State Director Mike Letizia traveled to Sacramento to maintain the drumbeat in support of advancing the concept of workplace flexibility in California workplaces. CalSHRM and SHRM over the past four years have testified before both chambers of the California General Assembly in strong support of workflex legislation that would benefit both employees and employers. [ More ]

Health Care

IRS Extends Due Dates for ACA Information Reporting
On Dec. 28, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2016-4, which extends the due dates for employers subject to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) 2015 information reporting requirements. [ More ]   

Employment-at-Will - Virginia 

Virginia Supreme Court Case Challenges At-Will Employment 
On Jan. 11, SHRM and the SHRM Virginia State Council (VASHRM) filed an amicus brief in the Virginia Supreme Court case Johnston v. William E. Wood & Associates Inc. In this case, Brenda Johnston, whose employment was terminated by William E. Wood & Associates in 2013, argues that her termination was unlawful because she was not provided “reasonable notice” in advance of her termination. [ More ]

SHRM 2016 Employment Law & Legislative Conference 

Election Year 2016: What Does It All Mean for HR? 
On Jan. 12, President Barack Obama delivered his final State of the Union address, calling on Congress to find a way to enact a laundry list of workplace reforms that he has championed throughout his presidency and through the federal regulatory process. While the 114th Congress is unlikely to increase the minimum wage or to mandate that employers provide their employees with paid leave and embrace the concept of equal pay, these issues are certain to dominate the debate on the campaign trail, providing candidates an opportunity to distinguish themselves from their opponents in the other party.  Additionally, with 11 months left in its tenure, the Obama administration has a host of federal regulations in the pipeline that it hopes to finalize in 2016, including changes to the FLSA overtime regulations, new requirements for federal contractors and potential new regulations implementing the ACA.

The SHRM 2016 Employment Law & Legislative Conference, scheduled to take place March 14-16 in Washington, D.C., is your best opportunity to learn more about the latest HR legislative and regulatory issues moving to the forefront in Washington, and to talk face to face with your lawmakers about issues that impact your workplace, your employees and your employer. Click HERE to register TODAY at the early-bird rate!


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