HR Issues Update

Public Policy News for the HR Professional

Dec 22, 2015
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Capitol Hill Update

Government Funding Bill Signed into Law, Includes SHRM-Supported Delay of ACA Excise Tax 

Last Friday, the Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed into law a $1.8 trillion package of spending bills and tax breaks. The omnibus bill combines two comprehensive legislative proposals—the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act and the Consolidated Appropriations Act. Both contain several public-policy provisions significant to the HR profession and a number of policy issues advocated by SHRM and the SHRM A-Team. Below are summaries of key provisions of the funding legislation addressing health care, along with labor and immigration policy. [ More ]

Congress and President Obama Agree on Tax Extenders Legislation 

Included in the omnibus funding bill passed by Congress last week and signed into law by President Barack Obama was the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015—a bill that makes permanent and extends several tax provisions important to human resources professionals. [ More ]

Regulatory Update

SHRM Continues to Lead the Charge on DOL’s Overtime Regulations Rewrite 

Last week the SHRM-led employer coalition, the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity, sent a letter cosigned by 164 state, local, and national organizations urging Congress to implore the U.S. Department of Labor to reconsider its proposed overtime changes. [ More]

SHRM 2015 VLS Conference

Volunteer Leaders Converge on Capitol Hill to Talk Health Care and Overtime 

On Nov. 19, SHRM mobilized nearly 400 HR professionals on Capitol Hill to share the HR perspective on a range of workplace issues face-to-face with lawmakers during the 2015 SHRM Volunteer Leaders’ Summit (VLS) Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. [ More]

For Your Information

2016 Employment Law & Legislative Conference—Early Bird Rate Ends Jan. 8

As our nation prepares for a key election year in 2016, the SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference (March 14-16, 2016) will provide members with the latest information and tools to analyze the impact that proposed and pending workplace laws and regulations will have on your organization. Visit review the impressive 2016 program lineup andlist of confirmed keynote speakers for the event. Need additional incentive to join over 500 of your HR friends in Washington in a few months? Review our list of reasons to attend the conference and commit to making a difference by planning to attend our HR Day on the Hill planned for March 16. Register before Jan. 8, 2016, and get the early bird discounted rate.

ACA Update: Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Ends Jan. 31, 2016

SHRM was recently contacted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and asked to share the following public announcement regarding the open-enrollment period of the Health Insurance Marketplace (Marketplace) with our members. The Marketplace is a resource where individuals, families and small businesses can learn about their health coverage options or find what types of coverage are available. As required by the Affordable Care Act, individuals and families who can afford to purchase health insurance but choose not to buy it must have a health coverage exemption or pay a fee. Individuals and families who didn’t have coverage in 2015 will be required to pay a fee on their 2015 federal tax return of $325 per adult and $162.50 per child under 18, or 2% of annual income (whichever is higher). In 2016, the fee will increase to $695 per person and $347.50 per child under 18, or 2.5% of annual income (whichever is higher). In future years, the fee will be adjusted for inflation. Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace is scheduled to expire on Jan. 31, 2016. For additional information and questions, please visit

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