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Public Policy News for the HR Professional
Members may download one copy of our sample forms and templates for your personal use within your organization. Please note that all such forms and policies should be reviewed by your legal counsel for compliance with applicable law, and should be modified to suit your organization’s culture, industry, and practices. Neither members nor non-members may reproduce such samples in any other way (e.g., to republish in a book or use for a commercial purpose) without SHRM’s permission. To request permission for specific items, click on the “reuse permissions” button on the page where you find the item.
Comment Period Closes on Proposed Overtime Changes
On September 4, 2015, SHRM submitted comments to the Department of Labor (DOL) on the proposed changes to the 541 overtime regulations. Despite the request of SHRM and more than 600 other organizations and individuals asking for an extension of the comment period, DOL provided just 60 days for public comment. [
Regulations to Implement President Obama’s Executive Order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Moving Forward
On August 25, 2015, SHRM and its strategic partner the Council for Global Immigration (CFGI), along with the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR),
submitted comments to the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR Council) and the Department of Labor (DOL) on regulations and guidance designed to implement the Executive Order on Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces initially published in the Federal Register on May 28, 2015. [
Administration Issues Another Executive Order Affecting Federal Contractors - This Time Mandating Paid Sick Leave
Over the Labor Day holiday, President Obama announced his latest executive order billed as part of a package of executive branch initiatives that the Administration says are “helping middle-class families get ahead.” The executive order creates a sick leave mandate for federal contractors. [
NLRB Issues Decision Expanding the Definition of Joint Employer
On August 27, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued its decision in the Browning-Ferris case, deciding to fundamentally change and expand the “joint employer” liability standard under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). [
Did You Know? Hire More Heroes Law Includes Veterans’ Exemption from ACA
Prior to adjourning for the August recess, Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed into law (on July 31, 2015) the
Hire More Heroes Act as part of H.R. 3236, the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015. The law is focused on surface transportation programs but affects rules regarding how to count employees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as well as health savings account (HSA) eligibility for individuals receiving care through the Department of Veterans Affairs. [
Showcase Your Workplace with a When Work Works Award!
Smart employers know that offering flexible work options—everything from telecommuting, to job sharing, to part-time work, to phased retirement, to shift shifting, etc.—can set you apart from other employers. [
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