HR Advocacy Help Needed! Serve as an Ambassador for the Profession

By Meredith Nethercutt Aug 5, 2016
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As an HR professional working to comply with various federal and state laws and regulations, how many times have you thought, "What were the policymakers thinking when they enacted this law?" or wondered if they had any input from HR professionals before voting on such measures? Fortunately, SHRM provides the perfect opportunity to have an impact on lawmaking in the form of the SHRM Advocacy Team ("A-Team").

This rapidly growing grassroots network ensures that the voice of the HR professional is engaged and active through a local pipeline of SHRM members, all working together to educate lawmakers and shape effective workplace public policy.

A key position with the A-Team is the Advocacy Captain role. The SHRM A-Team is looking to establish one Advocacy Captain for each of the 435 Representatives in Congress.

Want to serve as an Advocacy Captain and a leading voice for the profession? Advocacy Captains are committed volunteers who serve as the "go-to" people for lawmakers and their staffs on workforce-related issues. Specifically, you will work with SHRM to:

  • Serve as an ambassador to your respective member of Congress to ensure the office is hearing the HR perspective if/when key workplace issues are being considered.
  • Rally other local HR advocates around a call to action.
  • Be a direct workplace policy resource to your representative throughout the year.

Interested in pursuing this leadership position for your member of Congress and local area? Let us know!

Another way to have a major impact this summer on timely HR issues like overtime regulations? Meet with your lawmaker in person in your city this month. Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are currently visiting their districts and states through Labor Day. HR professionals should take advantage of this opportunity to directly connect with lawmakers and share your views about how your employees and employer will be impacted by the impending regulatory changes relating to the overtime issue. Read tips on how to visit with your lawmaker locally and engage before Congress returns to Washington in September!

Have an advocacy question? E-mail ATeam@shrm.org

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