2015 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition

Government Agencies Promote Workplace Resources

Jul 10, 2015
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The exhibition hall at SHRM’s 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition was brimming with information for HR professionals including robust participation by various government agencies seeking to promote their resources for HR professionals and the workplace. In case you missed it, take a look at the free resources provided by some SHRM’s federal agency collaborators.

U.S. Treasury Department – The U.S. Department of the Treasury has created a new tool called myRA, designed to provide an easy way to help employees start saving – at no cost to the employer. Employers do not administer employee myRA accounts or provide matching contributions. Instead, employers facilitate ongoing payroll deductions from the employee’s paycheck to the designated myRA account in the amount the employee chooses. Treasury has developed free resources on www.myRA.gov which can be shared with employees.

Social Security Administration (SSA) – SSA has developed a special Human Resource Professional webpage to make it easy to find information to share with employees. This page contains information about social security including benefits calculators, deciding when to start taking benefits, how benefits are determined, and information booklets designed specifically for woman and Spanish-speaking employees.

Office of Women’s Health (OWH) – OWH launched its website Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions at SHRM’s 2014 Annual conference. The website, which SHRM members provided feedback on prior to its release, provides advice and ideas for employers on how to comply with requirements to provide lactation support for employees who are also nursing mothers. Although they were not in the exhibition hall this year, OWH is celebrating the one year anniversary of this employer resource with updated “solution sheets” and resources for over 20 industries, including manufacturing and retail.

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) – SHRM has been an alliance partner with the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy for almost 10 years. ODEP supports critical resources for employers including the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) to answer employer questions about workplace accommodation, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related topics. The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) supports employers in recruiting, hiring, retaining and advancing qualified individuals with disabilities by providing technical assistance, customized training, webinar and news. EARN also supports the Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities, a free resource employers can use to find qualified temporary and permanent job candidates.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) – SHRM and ESGR work collaboratively to support and encourage the employment of Guard, Reservists and Veterans. ESGR has also been working closely with SHRM chapters, state councils, and volunteers to help support SHRM members and other employers in their efforts to recruit, hire, and retain these valuable employees. In fact, 100% of SHRM chapters and state councils have signed ESGR’s Statement of Support! The ESGR website provides information for employers on its various programs, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), and employer awards.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – DHS provides information resources for employers and HR professionals on work-related immigration issues and employment verification including E-Verify. The DHS website contains free self-service tools including information on requirements for the Form I-9.

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