HR Issues Update

Public Policy News for the HR Professional

Oct 2, 2015

Health Care Reform

ACA Excise Tax Repeal Gains Momentum in the U.S. Senate
Two legislative proposals have been introduced in the Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) 40 percent excise tax on high-value, employer-sponsored health care plans. These bills join similar measures pending in the House, teeing up this bipartisan issue for possible action in 2016. [ More ]

While Congress Ponders Excise Tax Repeal, IRS Seeks Feedback from Employers
As Congress considers whether to repeal the excise tax through legislation, the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are moving forward with the second of two preliminary notices In the Federal Register gathering information from the regulated community on how to best implement the tax. [ More ]

IRS Launches ACA Resource Page for Employers
The Internal Revenue Service has a new Web page that offers information on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) employer mandate and the law’s reporting requirements. The page, called the ACA Information Center for Applicable Large Employers, provides information and resources for employers of all sizes. The information center has sections for employers to determine if they are an applicable large employer under the ACA, along with resources for those large employers and outreach materials.

HR Advocacy in Action

SHRM’s A-Team Helps HR Professionals Have an Impact on Key Policy Issues
The past few months have provided HR professionals with unique opportunities to interact face-to-face with their members of Congress to raise the HR voice on the growing number of legislative and regulatory changes impacting their organizations and employees. During the August congressional recess when lawmakers returned home to their states and districts through Labor Day and upon Congress’s return to Washington, D.C., this September, members of SHRM’s A-Team reached out to lawmakers on two timely workplace issues: federal efforts to repeal the excise (“Cadillac”) tax under the Affordable Care Act and the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) proposed changes to the Section 541 overtime regulations. [ More ]   

E-Verify Update 

Congress Approves Short-Term Funding Bill to Avert Government Shutdown, E-Verify Extension Included 
Earlier this week, Congress passed a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through Dec. 11, narrowly averting a shutdown. Included in the CR is a provision that maintains continued funding for E-Verify, the voluntary Web-based system that allows more than half a million participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of newly hired employees, until Dec. 11. [ More ]

Government Contractor Update

SHRM Testifies Before House Committee on Executive Order Mandating New Federal Contractor Reports
On Tuesday, Sept. 29, SHRM member Debbie Norris testified on behalf of SHRM before two subcommittees of the House Committee on Small Business. The hearing, titled The Blacklist: Are Small Businesses Guilty Until Proven Innocent?, focused on the impact that the President’s executive order, “Fair Pay & Safe Workplaces,” will have on small businesses that manage and compete for federal contracts. Ms. Norris is Vice President of Human Resources at Merrick & Company, a small federal contractor located outside of Denver, Colorado and a member of SHRM’s Advocacy Team. [ More ]   

NLRB Developments 

SHRM Continues to Advocate Against National Labor Relations Board Attempts to Change Established Workplace and Union Procedures 
As previously reported in the Jan. 9, 2015 HR Issues Update, SHRM, along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, National Association of Manufacturers, and National Retail Federation, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to halt the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) rule making changes to union elections procedures, known as the “ambush elections” rule. The rule significantly shortens the period between the time the union files a request for an election and the time the election is actually held. [ More ]

GOP in Congress Moves to Roll Back Recent NLRB Joint-Employer Standard Decision
With few legislative days remaining in the first session of the 114th Congress, lawmakers are actively pursuing legislation to address recent regulatory and executive actions undertaken by President Barack Obama in the labor and employment area. [ More ]   

Workplace Flexibility 

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A brand boost; bragging rights to help you recruit, develop and retain top talent; and national and local media attention—these are just a few of the reasons your organization should apply for the When Work Works Award. [ More ]​


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