SHRM Volunteer Leaders Lobby the Hill on Overtime During November Leadership Summit Conference

By Bob Carragher Dec 2, 2016
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​Utah volunteers Kevin Smith and Elisa Garn meet with Representative Chris Stewart (center). 

On Nov. 17, SHRM mobilized nearly 400 HR professionals on Capitol Hill to share the HR perspective on the impact that the recently enjoined overtime regulations (see related story), which had been slated to become effective on December 1, was having on their organizations in face-to-face meetings with lawmakers and their staffs during the 2016 SHRM Volunteer Leaders' Summit (VLS) Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. SHRM members held over 300 meetings on Capitol Hill, directly meeting with 43 members of the House of Representatives and 18 senators.

A key component of the annual VLS event, Advocacy Day offers SHRM volunteer leaders the unique chance to protect and advance the profession by letting their members of Congress know, in person how pending workplace legislation and regulations would directly affect them as HR professionals.

Following a preparatory legislative briefing by SHRM's Government Affairs team on Thursday morning, HR advocates from almost all 50 states (including those MN SHRM volunteers pictured outside the office of Senator Al Franken below) canvassed Capitol Hill to meet with their respective House and Senate lawmakers and staffs to share personal stories about how this regulatory action would directly impact HR, employers and employees in their communities. 

Throughout 2016, the overtime regulation was a prime target of SHRM's advocacy activities. In prior Capitol Hill visits at both the SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference in March and the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition in June, members shared their stories about how the overtime rule would impact their organizations. Other members, particularly members of the SHRM A-Team, conveyed concerns during in-district meetings with lawmakers back home. 

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HR leaders continued to raise the visibility among lawmakers of the HR profession during last month's Advocacy Day. Because of their effort, congressional offices are much more aware of the public-policy challenges confronting HR professionals, as well as how these policies can truly impact their constituents. However, it is critical that the HR community remains engaged and serves as an ongoing resource to lawmakers as they consider changes to existing workplace laws and develop new policies to meet the needs of an evolving workforce. That's why SHRM encourages HR professionals to join ranks with their peers and register now to join the SHRM A-Team. 

For more information on how to get engaged in member advocacy or the A-Team, contact Meredith Nethercutt, SHRM's senior associate for member advocacy and director of the A-Team, at Meredith.Nethercutt@shrm.org.

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