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Inaugural Issue of SHRM HR Public Policy Issues Newsletter

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A Note from Sue Meisinger

Welcome to HR ISSUES UPDATE , a new SHRM e-letter delivered every other Friday with current info on HR public policy topics like health care, leave rules and workplace safety. No government jargon — just quick and concise news to help HR professionals stay informed on the issues that affect their jobs daily. All articles have links to additional information and can be printed for your convenience.  I hope you find this new member benefit useful. [More]

Sue Meisinger, SPHR
President & CEO, SHRM

Federal Affairs

Health Care and Immigration Top Bush's Plans for 2007
President Bush's State of the Union speech this week outlined his vision for reforming health care and immigration in 2007—two top concerns for HR professionals and employers and for the new Democratically controlled Congress. [More]
"Genetics" Nondiscrimination Plan Could Expose Employers to Lawsuits
As an HR professional, you know how important it is to protect the privacy and confidentiality of employees' medical information, including genetics. However, new proposals in Congress could expose employers to lawsuits if they allegedly discriminate in their health care coverage and employment decisions on the basis of genetics. [More]
Regulatory Affairs

SHRM Members Offer Advice on FMLA
If you've ever struggled with questions over how the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is implemented, now is your chance to speak out to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). In response to DOL's Request for Information about challenges employers have encountered in administering parts of the FMLA' SHRM has launched a major member advocacy effort to encourage members to submit their comments to the DOL. [More]
State Affairs

Workplace Weapons Bills Popping Up in States Across the Country
Does your organization have a "no weapons"policy? Are some of your employees hunters? Then you could encounter problems if legislation backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) is enacted in your state. In January 2007, legislative proposals that could severely restrict an employer's ability to ban weapons from its company property, including parking lots, have surfaced in Texas, Indiana and Georgia. [More]
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