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HR Issues Update 
 

Public Policy News for the HR Professional   
2/24/2012   
 
 

Capitol Hill Update

GOP Plans Congressional Showdown Over NLRB ‘Quick Election’ Rule
On Feb. 16, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and a former SHRM member, and Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA), introduced resolutions of disapproval in their respective chambers to nullify the NLRB’s final rule on “quick elections.” As we go to print, the resolutions — Senate Joint Resolution 36 and House Joint Resolution 103 — have 43 Senate cosponsors and 64 House cosponsors, respectively. SHRM supports both of these resolutions and will be advocating with other groups for their enactment. [ More ]

SHRM Assists in Introduction of House Concurrent Resolution on Retirement Security
Last week, Representatives Richard Neal (D-MA) and Jim Gerlach (R-PA) introduced House Concurrent Resolution 101, expressing the Sense of the Congress that our current tax system for retirement savings provides important benefits to Americans as they plan for a financially secure retirement. [ More ]

President and Congress Agree on Payroll and UI Extension
In an effort to avoid the partisan bickering and delay that marred its consideration of these issues just before Christmas, both the House and Senate passed the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (H.R. 3630) on Feb. 17. President Obama signed the bill into law, extending the current payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance benefits for the long-term unemployed on Feb. 22. [ More ]

2012 Employment Law & Legislative Conference

T-Minus 8 Days and Counting!
With just over a week to go, the line-up for this year’s Employment Law & Legislative Conference, scheduled for March 4 – 7, is set. In addition to our keynote speakers from the media world and our luncheon discussion with a noted GOP and Democratic pollster about the upcoming elections, the number of congressional speakers participating in this year’s conference tops all of SHRM’s previous Washington conferences to date. [ More
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Regulatory Developments

SHRM Recommends Changes to Sweeping Affirmative Action Rules
On Feb. 21, 2012, SHRM and the College and University Professional Association for HR (CUPA-HR) filed joint comments to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) on its proposal to substantially change the way federal contractors design and implement affirmative action programs focused on disability hiring. [ More ]

Workplace Flexibility

When Work Works Update
SHRM’s efforts to educate HR professionals and employers about workplace flexibility through the When Work Works initiative are continuing in 2012 target states and beyond. [ More ]

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