SHRM Public Policy Priorities
As we work with policymakers, learn more about SHRM's public policy priorities.
SHRM Priorities for the 118th Congress
As SHRM celebrates its 75th Anniversary, the organization is focused on recognizing the success of the past and acknowledging the need to drive meaningful change to stay ahead of workplace change. To make the most of this year, SHRM is calling on Congress to update three key pieces of legislation that greatly impact the future of work, workers and the workplace.
Signed over 30 years ago, the significant shift in the paid and unpaid leave landscapes, as well as significant changes in federal accommodations, worker classifications and the entire culture of work have left FMLA’s application in the modern world unclear. SHRM supports policy efforts that provide clarity, compliance relief and program integrity for employers while meeting the needs of employees.
SHRM supports removing barriers to recruiting, hiring, transferring and retaining top talent; the efficient use of employment-based visas; improving case processing; and boosting efficiency, transparency and fairness in workplace immigration.
Given recent attention to key topics addressed in the FLSA — particularly worker classification and overtime exemptions — SHRM advocates for clear, consistent and balanced laws and regulations that benefit employers, workers and the economy.
Let's Get to Work
At SHRM, we are focused on six key policy areas that have a meaningful impact on the workplace.
Why Advocacy Matters
Advocacy matters to me because progress is important to promote better health, engagement, productivity, and quality of life for our employees and for our society. If we had only ever relied on the status quo and the standards to which we have become accustomed, we would not have child labor protections, equal opportunitiy, minimum wage, safety standards, or any of the other protections that we have begun to take for granted.
It is important for our elected officials to hear from their constituents, and advocacy efforts help us have our voices heard on issues that are important to us. Most of the best ideas for legislation comes from constituent ideas and bringing these ideas to those in elected office often result in positive changes for all.
Nonpartisan advocacy and education of elected officials, staff members, and regulators is the most effective way to influence public policy relating to workplace issues. I regularly communicate with and visit elected officials, testify before state legislative committees, and write comment letters.
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