Transforming the Workplace in 2019

"With a new Congress and many state houses across the country now convening, there is an opportunity to unite diverse voices on national policies that influence modern workplaces and impact the 115 million Americans represented by SHRM’s 300,000 members." 

Emily M. Dickens, SHRM Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff

        Let’s Get to Work      

There are several issues ripe for bipartisan progress in the new Congress that impact work, the worker and the workplace.

We call on policymakers to:

Support effective workforce development strategies.

Enact modern paid leave and workplace flexibility solutions.

Advance healthy work cultures and workplace equity.

Build a modern immigration system that fuels economic growth and protects U.S. workers.


SHRM will be working at this pivotal time to craft and implement policies that improve the lives, livelihood and futures of millions of Americans. We look forward to partnering with policymakers to ensure America has a healthy, productive workforce that powers our economy and our nation.       

Issues On The Table

Workforce Development

  • The average cost of college tuition at a four-year public university is $8,804 and will continue to increase yearly. 70 percent of college students are graduating with a significant amount of student-debt.
  • Providing tax-free educational assistance is an critical tool employers use to address the skills gap. SHRM believes that this is an important benefit for furthering higher education and to build an educated workforce to continue to position the U.S. to compete globally.
  • Policymakers should also look to build on initiatives to promote training and hiring of the formerly incarcerated, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to address the skills gap.

Workplace Flexibility and Leave

  • 31 percent of employees expect to provide elder care within 5 years.
  • SHRM believes that the United States must have a 21st Century workplace flexibility policy that works for employers and employees alike, helping them meet work-life and organizational needs.
  • SHRM believes that public policy should build on current employer paid leave offerings and incentivize employers to expand voluntary paid leave and workflex options.


Workplace Immigration

  • 94 percent of employers would support a mandatory E-Verify system if it accurately authenticates the identity of new hires.
  • As employers work to close the skills gap, its critical they have the tools to hire a legal workforce and the ability to access top talent in fields like medicine, engineering, science, math and information technology.  Workplace immigration is just one place employers find diverse talent.
  • SHRM advocates for access to top global talent for immigration-compliant employers, while protecting U.S. workers. A modern immigration system is one that is predictable and efficient with a fully electronic employment verification system that accurately authenticates identity.

Workplace Equity

  • 94 percent of HR professionals report their company has a policy to protect workers against sexual harassment.
  • Employers must change their culture or sexual harassment will persist in the workplace with a third of employees still believing that their workplace fosters sexual harassment.
  • SHRM believes that equity decisions should be based on the value of the position to the organization, competition in the market and other bona fide business factors.
  • Employers should be provided with a safe-harbor as an effective incentive to conduct proactive pay analyses and identify and address improper pay disparities

Now is the time for employers and HR to advocate on all matters work.

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