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Over 350 California members gathered in Sacramento on April 20-22 to attend the California Society for Human Resource Management (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 in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. For a sampling of the issues SHRM is advocating on in California, access
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During the afternoon of April 20, nearly 165 HR professionals from across California conducted in-person meetings at the state Capitol with their respective state lawmakers and/or their staffs in support of two bills pending before the legislature – one that would foster flexible work schedules (workflex) among private-sector, nonexempt workers (S 985) and another bill that would establish a voluntary preference for hiring for veterans (AB 1383). The group also voiced its opposition to a bill that would prohibit employers from seeking salary history information from job candidates (SB 406). The number of Advocacy Day attendees was the largest single number of SHRM members ever to advocate on workplace issues at a state capital. Below, a delegation meets with Senator Tom Berryhill (R-8), center, the prime sponsor of the workflex bill (S. 985) on the floor of the state Senate chambers.
Through SHRM’s user-friendly Advocacy App (available for free from any app store), California HR professionals were able to easily share their experiences with their HR colleagues through Twitter and to provide feedback on their meetings through SHRM’s Advocacy Action Center. Check out this video of the CalSHRM Advocacy Day that was produced by CalSHRM Board member Tara Fournier: http://youtu.be/pq_1GKhAtR4
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