HR Advocacy in Action

SHRM’s A-Team Helps HR Professionals Have an Impact on Key Policy Issues

Oct 2, 2015
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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.

Here’s a few snapshots of how your HR peers made a concerted effort to share the HR perspective on these issues with their elected officials/policymakers this summer:

  • Rep. Buddy Carter (at the podium) personally introduced Georgia SHRM’s legislative affairs panel at the state council’s annual conference in September and later wrote about it in his constituent e-newsletter.
  • SHRM’s A-Team Captain Uma Hoffman of North Dakota proactively scheduled another meeting with her member of Congress, Rep. Kevin Cramer, over the August recess. During this meeting, Hoffman had the opportunity to discuss key HR topics with the congressman, such as proposed FLSA changes and the anticipated impact to business, access for veteran health care and efforts to repeal the excise tax under the ACA.
  • A group of SHRM A-Team members in Washington state met with the district office of Rep. Dan Newhouse during the August recess. The group took this opportunity to thank the congressman (a gesture congressional offices greatly appreciate) for his opposition to legislation “blacklisting” federal contractors who have FLSA violations. These local advocates also shared their personal stories as to how the DOL’s proposed FLSA changes to overtime regulations would affect each HR professional, testimonials that particularly resonate with elected officials.
  • Ohio Advocacy Captain Deb Hill (center) and HR Advocate Gina Krenek (left) met with State Director John Ryan of Sen. Sherrod Brown’s office in September. Hill has taken the initiative to schedule quarterly meetings with the senator’s local office to ensure that he and his team are hearing from a reliable and trusted member of the HR community—the crux of the A-Team’s Advocacy Captain purpose. During this particular meeting, Hill invited Krenek, a local A-Team advocate, to participate as well. The duo had a wonderful meeting and updated Ryan on key workplace issues and how the ACA’s excise tax and the proposed overtime revisions could impact Ohio constituents.

A-Team Members Share Stories of How Engaging in Advocacy Has Made a Difference to Them

SHRM’s advocates are continuing to make a significant difference as active members of the community dedicated to protecting and advancing the HR profession. What better way for them to share their unique experiences than through the SHRM A-Team Blog! Check out recent blog posts from various A-Team members, describing why and how they made advocacy a priority this summer:

SHRM State Councils and Chapters Bring Groups of Local Advocates to Washington

SHRM state and chapter affiliates continued to make public-policy advocacy a priority by organizing “Day Inside the Beltway” visits to Washington, D.C. Last month, HR Tampa (pictured with Rep. Gus Bilirakis, 3rd from left), Georgia SHRM (pictured with Rep. John Lewis, center) and Alabama SHRM (below - center) all brought groups of local members to connect with their lawmakers as constituents, and to discuss key HR issues of the day. Check out these advocates in action!




SHRM encourages all of its state and chapter partners to consider bringing a group of advocates to experience the legislative process in-person in Washington, D.C. If you are on Twitter, be sure to visit @SHRMATeam to see highlights from these recent SHRM member activities. For more details about SHRM’s ongoing Day Inside the Beltway efforts and to organize a future event, click HERE.

SHRM’s A-Team Getting Stronger Every Day!

SHRM’s effort to encourage members to volunteer as Advocacy Captains, connecting an HR professional with each member of the U.S. House of Representatives, is bearing fruit. Below is a list of states and territories that have succeeded in selecting an Advocacy Captain for each member of their congressional delegation:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Kansas
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • North Dakota
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

A special thanks to the SHRM state partners and volunteers in these states

Don’t see your state listed above? Want to help grow your state’s A-Team coverage? Want to join in on the fun? Whatever your experience level in advocacy, SHRM’s A-Team provides all the support and resources you need to effectively communicate to your respective lawmakers on behalf of HR. With such critical regulatory and legislative changes being considered in the nation’s capital, now more than ever, HR leaders need to join together and raise our voices to help protect and advance your workplace. For more information on SHRM’s A-Team and to get involved today, please visit SHRM’s HR Policy Action Center, or e-mail SHRM’s senior associate for member advocacy, Meredith Nethercutt.

In This Issue

Health Care Reform

ACA Excise Tax Repeal Gains Momentum in the U.S. Senate

While Congress Ponders Excise Tax Repeal, IRS Seeks Feedback from Employers

IRS Launches ACA Resource Page for Employers

HR Advocacy in Action

SHRM’s A-Team Helps HR Professionals Have an Impact on Key Policy Issues

E-Verify Update

Congress Approves Short-Term Funding Bill to Avert Government Shutdown, E-Verify Extension Included

Government Contractor Update

SHRM Testifies Before House Committee on Executive Order Mandating New Federal Contractor Reports

NLRB Developments

SHRM Continues to Advocate Against National Labor Relations Board Attempts to Change Established Workplace and Union Procedures

GOP in Congress Moves to Roll Back Recent NLRB Joint-Employer Standard Decision

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