HR Issues Update

Public Policy News for the HR Professional

Mar 29, 2016
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Overtime Update 

Overtime Legislation Introduced Day After 200 HR Professionals Canvass the Halls of Congress  
The day after 200 HR professionals canvassed the halls of Congress during SHRM’s 2016 Employment Law & Legislative Conference, legislation was introduced in both the House and Senate to delay the implementation of the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) proposed rewrite of the Fair Labor Standards Act overtime rules. [ More ]

SHRM Member Nancy McKeague Talks Overtime with Lawmakers in Michigan 
While action on overtime is heating up in Washington, SHRM members continue to make sure the drumbeat continues back here as well, from telling their story in their congressional districts. [ More ]

Union Organizing

DOL Issues Final ‘Persuader Rule’
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its final rule reinterpreting the “advice” exemption in Section 203(c) of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, also known as the “persuader rule.” [ More ]

2016 SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conferences 

HR Advocacy, the November Elections and DOL Overtime Regulation Front and Center at This Year's Conference in Washington

From March 14-16, SHRM and its affiliate, the Council for Global Immigration (CFGI), again hosted over 500 HR professionals in Washington, D.C., at the annual 2016 SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference. [ More 

EEOC Update 

EEOC’s Proposed Pay Data Collection Proposal Getting a Lot of Attention Within SHRM and Congress

March has proved to be a particularly active month for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC’s) effort to revise its EEO-1 form: A SHRM member testified at a Commission hearing on the revision, and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, introduced legislation that would compel the agency to collect this information from federal agencies and the executive branch of government beforehand to ensure that it could succeed in protecting the identity and confidentiality of the data before rolling it out to the private sector. [ More ]

HR Tidbits of Interest

Supreme Court Deadlocks 4-4 in Public Union Dues Case—In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the lead plaintiff, Rebecca Friedrichs, a California public elementary school teacher, challenged whether she should be compelled to pay union dues even though she disagreed with the union’s positions on a number of subjects.  The Supreme Court could not bread a 4-4 split in Justice votes.  The Court’s deadlock allows the California Teachers Association to keep collecting the fees and maintains the current status quo of 23 states that requirement public sector employees to contribute to the cost of collective bargaining even if they disagree with union demands.  In the other 27 states, public employees cannot be forced to join or contribute to unions. Prior to Justice Scalia’s death last month, Court observers believed the Court would strike down this requirement.

Free Workflex in Retail, Service and Hospitality Guide Now Available—Looking for strategies to make your retail, service or hospitality organization more effective and flexible? When Work Works’ latest workflex guide entitled, Workflex in Retail, Service and Hospitality Guide: Cooperative Scheduling, Beyond Bias, is the go-to resource for making work more flexible and effective. For many, the idea of flexible work arrangements for hourly frontline service jobs feels impractical or difficult to manage. But, in reality, it is possible and has been instituted by a number or retailers, restaurants and hotels across the country. This guide offers tips, case studies and practical advice on how to use workflex to rethink schedules, improve economic security and create a more reliable and productive team.

DHS Creates New Requirements for Retaining Foreign STEM Students—Effective May 10, 2016, a DHS rule adds new obligations for employers with foreign students applying for F-1 STEM Optional Practical Training, including training plans, attestations, and potential government site visits. SHRM’s affiliate, the Council for Global Immigration (CFGI), has summarized the final rule. If you would like to listen to CFGI’s STEM OPT webinar, please email Emily.Campbell@cfgi.org with the subject line “STEM OPT.” CFGI will also have related sessions at its Symposium on June 18-22, 2016.

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