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HR Issues Update 
 

 
5/3/2012   
 
 

Washington Update

NLRB ‘Quick Election’ Rule Becomes Final Following Senate Vote
On Tuesday, April 24, the U.S. Senate rejected by a 45-54 vote a SHRM-supported measure (Senate Joint Resolution 36) to block a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule to speed up labor union representation elections. With any chance of success for a legislative response to the “quick election” rule now exhausted, the rule became effective on April 30, and it applies to election petitions filed on or after that date. [ More ]

EEOC Promulgates Guidance on Employer Use of Criminal Background Checks
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Wednesday, April 25, approved guidance on employer use of criminal background checks. In short, the EEOC guidance does not prohibit employers from considering criminal information during the hiring process. However, it does require employers to take new steps to prevent discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. [ More ]

SHRM Provides Feedback on FMLA Proposed Rule
SHRM submitted comments to the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division in response to the Department’s proposal to implement amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) made when Congress enacted the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act and the Airline Flight Crew Technical Corrections Act of 2010. [ More ]

Member Advocacy

Investment in SHRM A-Team Efforts Paying Dividends
In 2012, the SHRM Advocacy Team (A-Team) has made its strongest impact since its 2010 inception, both on and off “the Hill.” From A-Team training sessions held in target states to legislator office visits conducted by Advocacy Captains and HR Advocates, the SHRM A-Team has been active and effective in the first four months of this year. [ More ]

Workplace Flexibility

When Work Works Update
As reported in the last edition of the HR Issues Update, the employer application for the Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility is now closed for 2012. But SHRM’s workplace flexibility partner, the Families and Work Institute (FWI), is busy tabulating the results to determine which organizations scored in the top 20 percent of employers nationally, becoming finalists and moving on to Round II for the employee survey. Finalists can expect to be notified later this month! 2012 Sloan Award winners will then be featured in the next edition of the Guide to Bold New Ideas. [ More ]

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