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HR Issues Update 
 

Public Policy News for the HR Professional  
8/2/2012   
 
 

November Elections

The Economy & Jobs – Along with a New SHRM Commercial – Take Center Stage at the Upcoming Presidential Conventions
This year’s presidential election is shaping up to be another nail-biter. Recent polls have President Obama and the presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney deadlocked at 47% each, and note that the economy and jobs are the No. 1 priority on voters’ minds. [ More ]

Washington Update

Warning Employees About the ‘Fiscal Cliff’
On Jan. 2, 2013, the nation could be headed off the fiscal cliff. [ More ]

U.N. Disability Treaty Approved by Senate Panel
On July 26, the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Signed by President Obama in 2009, the treaty is nonbinding in the U.S. and does not require any change in American law. But its provisions apply nondiscrimination principles to many areas relevant to HR, including employment, accessibility, reasonable accommodations and access to justice. [ More ]

As Congress Heads Out of Town for Its August Recess, Tax Issues Remain
As the August recess approaches, both the House and Senate remain confronted with what to do about expiring tax provisions. Although recent rumblings from the Hill indicate that Congress might extend the expiring provisions for another year, House and Senate versions of the extension legislation differ – hinging on what (if any) the income cap will be on the extension. [ More
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