2016 Annual Conference Advocacy Day SHRM ‘Delegates’ Share 21st Century Guiding Principles with Lawmakers in Congress

By SHRM Government Relations Jul 1, 2016
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During the exciting SHRM 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition, held in the nation's capital June 19-22, SHRM and its affiliate, the Council for Global Immigration (CFGI), hosted special Advocacy Day efforts to leverage the HR perspective on key workplace issues and to tee up a discussion on updating workplace policies as we approach the November elections.

In anticipation of the election of a new president and a new Congress (which will convene in January 2017) this November, SHRM and CFGI recently released the Principles for Creating a 21st Century Workplace, which focus on three key, public policy priorities that are fundamental to positioning the workplace to compete in the 21st century. These Principles are:

  • Innovation
  • Fairness
  • Competition

Based on SHRM public policy positions outlined in our 2016 Guide to Public Policy Issues, these three Principles cover policy solutions on workplace flexibility, compensation equity, labor-management relations, employer-sponsored benefits, health care, the skills gap and immigration.

"HR advocacy" was a natural theme of the Annual Conference programming and content, given the event's location in Washington, D.C., this year. SHRM and CFGI enlisted the help of over 150 special "delegates" (some pictured in a 'selfie' above with SHRM''s Member Advocacy Senior Advisor Meredith Nethercutt) from nearly every state to carry the 21st Century Workplace Principles to Capitol Hill and the members of Congress in their state delegations. These special delegates were highlighted throughout the conference, starting with a rally (pictured below) during the Tuesday general session showcasing all delegates and states participating in Advocacy Day visits to take place the next day. The conference then culminated with a special Capitol Hill Advocacy Day on June 22, where the 150+ HR advocates met with their senators and representatives and their staffs. During these strategic and educational visits, HR professionals not only shared the Principles throughout the halls of Congress, but also worked to gather further support for legislative efforts to push back the new Fair Labor Standards Act overtime regulations set to become effective December 1. HR advocates also took to social media to circulate their views on these critical issues and share memories from Annual Conference Advocacy Day.

SHRM will continue to share these principles with all members of Congress, as well as with both presidential campaigns, in the months ahead. The Principles can be found at advocacy.shrm.org and on Twitter (#21CenWork). Looking ahead, SHRM will be active at both national conventions, starting in Cleveland the week of July 18 for the Republican National Convention, then proceeding to Philadelphia the week of July 25 for the Democratic National Convention. SHRM staff and local area SHRM members will ensure that both political campaigns continue to hear the HR voice through the Principles for a 21st Century Workplace during the conventions, as well as in the coming months and into 2017.

HR Professionals: Join Your Peers in Sharing SHRM's 21st Century Workplace Principles with Lawmakers and Candidates This Election Year

This year is shaping up to be a landmark year for our country, and the HR voice needs to be part of the local, state and national conversation in the months leading up to the November elections. SHRM believes that the HR voice needs to be part of the conversation about the future of the workplace and will be working with our advocacy network—the SHRM Advocacy Team (A-Team)—in sharing HR's perspective as workplace issues are debated this year. 

Please take a moment to visit SHRM's HR Policy Action Center online at advocacy.shrm.org for all the resources you need to join and serve as a valuable advocate for HR.

Questions about SHRM's A-Team and advocacy efforts? Please contact Meredith Nethercutt, SHRM's Senior Associate for Member Advocacy, at Meredith.Nethercutt@shrm.org. On Twitter? Be sure to follow @SHRMATeam.​ 

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