On Wednesday, Feb. 23, nearly 40 enthusiastic members of HR Florida descended on the state capitol in Tallahassee for “A Day on the Hill.” This event was the first time HR Florida members (pictured below on the steps of the Old State Capitol) had made a group visit to the legislature of the Sunshine State.
In individual meetings, they educated lawmakers about the role HR plays in today’s workplaces and shared their views on workplace-related bills pending before the legislature. Issues included legislation mandating the use of E-Verify by all employers in Florida; a bill expanding the rights of holders of concealed-carry permits to bring weapons onto worksites; and measures broadening the definition of misconduct that disqualifies a claimant from unemployment compensation.
HR Florida members had been briefed on HR public policy issues pending in Washington, what to expect during their meetings with Florida legislators, and provided a legal analysis of the state issues they would be discussing prior to their face-to-face meetings with their legislators.
“The purpose of this inaugural Day on the Hill program is to introduce HR business professionals to Florida’s legislative process and educate elected officials on how state regulatory efforts affect employers and employees alike,” said HR Florida president Heather Vogel, SPHR. She added, “By putting a credible face behind the human resources function, we can help chart a new and better course for all Florida businesses, large and small, while meeting the needs of Florida’s workforce both today and tomorrow.”
This event is a prime example of the type of advocacy SHRM is coordinating with state councils and chapters through its Advocacy Team (A-Team) initiative. [See related article.]