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If you watched or read about the State of the Union address and the GOP response that took place on January 20, we’re sure your noticed all of the references to workplace-related public policy proposals.
In his remarks, President Obama said that the best way to sustain the U.S.’s recent economic success was to create and promote policies designed to help middle-class Americans succeed. Many of the ideas highlighted by the president would directly affect U.S. workplaces—including enhancing union-organizing rights, requiring equal pay for women and men, increasing the federal minimum wage, revising the current Fair Labor Standards Act overtime regulations, and requiring employers to provide paid sick leave.
It’s clear that these key HR public policy proposals will be priorities of the President during his last two years in office and that he will be challenging the Republican-controlled Congress to act on many of these issues this year.
As legislative and regulatory proposals are introduced, it is imperative that HR professionals stay informed and engaged to ensure that their organizations are aware of these changes/proposals and stay compliant with relevant laws, and also that HR practitioners advocate their perspective on how these proposals will impact the profession. That’s why SHRM strongly encourages members to attend its annual Employment Law & Legislative Conference, which will take place March 23-25, 2015, in Washington, D.C.
This premier conference provides HR professionals with the information and tools needed to understand the complexities of the multitude of federal workplace laws and regulations related to their organizations. In addition, SHRM’s Government Affairs team will provide policy updates on pending HR-related proposals on Capitol Hill, as well as best practices on how HR professionals can effectively communicate with lawmakers on how these proposals will impact their workplace. Conference attendees will also have a unique opportunity to meet with their lawmakers to personally discuss legislative issues of relevance to the profession.
Visit the conference website TODAY at conferences.shrm.org/legislative to review the impressive program lineup and the list of confirmed keynote speakers and to register for this spring’s event.
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