SHRM's Public Policy Prowess in Full Swing

In Two Separate Venues, 6 SHRM Members Address Policymakers in Washington on a Single Day

May 21, 2014

Yesterday, May 20, was an incredibly active day for SHRM and six of our members who represented the HR profession in Washington, D.C. at two high-profile public policy events; one before a U.S. Senate committee and the other before a Department of Labor panel chaired by Secretary Thomas Perez.

Department of Labor Listening Session on FLSA Regulations

SHRM CEO Hank Jackson led a small group of SHRM members in a private conversation with U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Perez about President Obama’s proposal to modernize and simplify overtime regulations.

Secretary Perez opened the meeting by noting that when the Department received the President’s memorandum to update the FLSA regulations, he knew “we needed to hear from SHRM.” Secretary Perez also thanked SHRM for inviting him to speak at this year's Employment Law and Legislative Conference in March.

Five SHRM members, listed below, also participated in the event, offering their input to the DOL by explaining the current challenges with implementing the FLSA and what impact specific changes to the regulations would mean for their various companies.

The SHRM A-Team members that participated in yesterday’s conversation with the DOL included:

  • Eric Oppenheim, Chief Operating Officer and Franchisee of Republic Foods, Inc., (MD) and co-chair of SHRM’s Special Expertise Panel on Labor Issues;

  • Deb Horne, SPHR, Director of Human Resources, CMC Rescue, Inc. (CA) and a member of the SHRM Membership Advisory Council;

  • Lee Ruiz, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Ryan LLC (TX) and a Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility recipient;

  • Joan Rodriguez, HR Manager, Compensation and HRIS, Lakeland Regional Medical Center (FL); and

  • Tia George, PHR, Chief Human Resources Officer/Chief Financial Officer, Orbit Logic Incorporated (MD) and Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility.

SHRM Member Testifies at Senate Roundtable

Gayle Troy, SPHR, Human Resources Manager at Globe Manufacturing Company LLC, of New Hampshire, testified on behalf of SHRM before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Yesterday’s Senate roundtable focused on “Economic Security for Working Women.”

In her 28 years as a SHRM member, Ms. Troy has twice served as President of the Human Resources Association of Greater Concord. Globe Manufacturing is the world’s largest manufacturer of firefighter suits and is a family-owned business located in Pittsfield, New Hampshire. In her testimony, Ms. Troy discussed how Globe offers rich benefits and innovative workplace flexibility practices, including flexible schedules and Globe Time Off. She also highlighted SHRM’s:

  • Concerns with one-size-fits-all federal mandates that limit employer flexibility in designing innovative workplace flexibility strategies;

  • Support for public policy efforts to encourage organizations to offer paid leave and workplace flexibility voluntarily; and

  • Efforts to educate HR professionals and employers about the business benefits of creating effective and flexible workplaces through our When Work Works project with the Families and Work Institute.


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