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HR Issues Update 
 

Public Policy News for the HR Professional  
10/11/2013   
 
 

Capitol Hill Update

Government Shutdown Brings Washington to a Halt
The federal government shutdown that began on October 1 continues as the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House have been unable thus far to reach an agreement to fund the federal government for the 2014 fiscal year. Intensifying the fiscal crisis is that U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has again warned Congress that absent congressional action to increase federal borrowing authority under the debt limit, the United States runs the risk of defaulting on its financial obligations. [ More ]

Supreme Court Update

SHRM Weighs in with Supreme Court on SOX Act’s Scope
The U.S. Supreme Court began its new term on Monday, October 7, with several labor- and employment-related cases on the docket, including the highly anticipated Noel Canning case in which the Court will decide whether the President properly appointed members of the National Labor Relations Board using the recess appointments power. [ More ]

Member Advocacy

Government Shutdown Can't Stop HR Advocacy
The federal government shutdown is now in its second week, and pundits suggest that it may last through mid-October – although there are recent signs that an agreement is imminent. Nonetheless, whenever the government resumes operations – and it will, it’s only a matter of time – the congressional agenda will be consumed by a myriad of looming legislative issues that must be considered before year-end. [ More ]

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