Capitol Hill Update

Victory in the House – Chamber Rejects Troublesome Federal Contractor Amendment

May 8, 2015
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Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives blocked an amendment strongly opposed by SHRM and sponsored by Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) that could have resulted in the debarment and blacklisting of federal contractors found to have violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

By a vote of 186-237, the House turned back the 'Pocan amendment' that, if passed, could have impacted the companies of SHRM members doing business with the federal government if they had been found to have violated any provision of the FLSA, regardless of whether it was intentional or not. Click HERE to see how your representative in the House voted on the Pocan amendment.

Prior to the vote, SHRM members sent hundreds of communications to Capitol Hill to ensure that congressional offices heard HR’s concerns about this amendment and the compliance challenges associated with the FLSA. Our members explained that even some of the top employers in the country may face compliance challenges under the FLSA.

It is important to note that when a similar amendment was introduced and considered by the House of Representatives last year, it passed by a vote of 212-204 (H. Amdt. 926 offered by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) in June 2014. Last week’s amendment failed, in large part, due to the direct advocacy by SHRM members educating their legislators as to the complexities of complying with the FLSA.

As the appropriations process continues, we expect similar amendments to be filed in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned for updates about how you can continue to best advocate on behalf of the HR profession.

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