HR Issues Update July 1, 2016

Public Policy News for the HR Professional

By SHRM Government Relations Jul 1, 2016
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Washington Update 

2016 Annual Conference Advocacy Day: SHRM 'Delegates' Share 21st Century Guiding Principles with Lawmakers in Congress  
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. [ More ]

SHRM Testifies Again in Congress on the Overtime Rule  
SHRM Advocacy Team member and SHRM Labor Relations Special Expertise Panel member Christine Walters testified on June 23 before the House Small Business Committee on how changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations will impact employers and employees. Walters is the fourth SHRM witness to testify on the overtime rule this year! More ]

House GOP Unveils ACA Replacement Plan; SHRM Opposes Proposed Changes to Tax Treatment of Employer-Sponsored Health Benefits 
On June 22, the House GOP Task Force on Health Care Reform released its proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with new health care policies aimed at reducing government regulation and lowering costs. More ]

California Update 

As California Goes, So Goes the Nation? Not When It Comes to Workflex or Veterans Preference in Hiring, at Least for Now! 
Last week was a big week for SHRM's efforts to advance the HR profession and advocate for sound workplace policies, not just in Washington, D.C., during the SHRM 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition but in the state of California as well. Michael Kalt, director of Government Affairs for the California State Council of SHRM (CalSHRM), testified in support of two SHRM-developed and -sponsored pieces of HR legislation. Advocacy continues to be a major component of SHRM's strategic initiative in California, and our Sacramento-based Government Affairs staff has been working closely with volunteer members from CalSHRM in advancing the interest of the HR profession in the Golden State. More ]

'Persuader' Rule Update

Judge Grants Motion to Block DOL 'Persuader Rule' 
Earlier this week, a U.S. district court in Texas granted a preliminary injunction thereby blocking (at least for the time being) the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing and enforcing its revised "persuader rule" on a national basis. In his ruling, Judge Sam R. Cummings found that the DOL exceeded its authority in promulgating the rule, which was slated to become effective on July 1, 2016. More ]

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