HR Issues Update

Public Policy News for the HR Professional

Apr 29, 2016


NLRA Update 

SHRM MAC Member Tells House Panel ‘Persauder’ Rule Will Impact Employers, Employees and HR Consultants  
On April 27, SHRM Membership Advisory Committee (MAC) Member Sharon Sellers testified in front of the House Education and the Workforce Committee about the Labor Department’s recently announced “persuader rule” and its impact on employers, employees and HR consultants. Back in 2011, SHRM led the charge on the rule, joined by 19 state councils and 47 chapters, when SHRM filed comments with the agency in response to the proposal. In addition, 2,477 individual SHRM members also submitted comments to the Department of Labor (DOL). [ More ]

Global Immigration Update 

CFGI Advances Sensible Immigration Policies to Governments at Historic Meeting on Business Immigration 
The Council for Global Immigration (CFGI), a strategic affiliate of SHRM, is leading efforts to give employers a voice at the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), the institution where governments from around the world convene to discuss and coordinate immigration policy. [ More ]

California Advocacy

Nearly 165 CA Members Advocate on 3 Measures in Capitol Visits in Sacramento
Over 350 California members gathered in Sacramento on April 20-22 to attend the California State Council of SHRM (CalSHRM) 2016 California State Legislative and HR Conference. Setting new attendance records, the conference hosted attendees who were actively seeking guidance on complying with the multitude of federal, state and local laws impacting California workplaces, as well as seeking updates on legislative developments both in Sacramento and in Washington, D.C. For a sampling of the issues SHRM is advocating on in California, access SHRM’s 2016 Guide to California Public Policy Issues. [ More]

HR Tidbits of Interest

SHRM Comments to IRS and Treasury on Proposed Nondiscrimination Relief for Closed DB Plans – On April 27, 2016, SHRM joined with other stakeholder groups to provide the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service with comments on their proposed regulations providing nondiscrimination relief for closed defined benefit plans. Because closed and frozen defined benefit plans are not taking in new employees, they have difficulty complying with the same nondiscrimination rules that apply to active plans.  SHRM’s comment makes several recommendations including that the agencies consider making their current nondiscrimination guidance permanent since employers have been relying on it since 2013. 

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Save the Date: ICE Event on New STEM OPT Requirements for Foreign National Students – The Council for Global Immigration (CFGI) and SHRM, in conjunction with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, will be hosting an event detailing the new requirements for foreign national students to work in the United States on STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) extensions.

Confirmed presenters:

  • Rachel Canty, deputy director, Student and Exchange Visitor Programs, at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
  • Lauren (Ayer) Caricato, analyst for ICE programs.

Canty and Caricato will make a formal presentation on how ICE will implement the new requirements for the STEM OPT extension under the recently promulgated final rule and will take questions from individuals attending in person. The event will take place at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce headquarters in Washington, D.C., from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10. A web stream will be available to those unable to attend in person. Additional details regarding registration and how to access the web stream of this event will be forthcoming. In the meantime, if you have any questions about this event, please e-mail Justin Storch, CFGI’s manager of agency liaison, at


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