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Health Care Reform

President Obama Signs Health Care Bill into Law
With the stroke of a pen following nearly a year-long debate, President Barack Obama signed into law sweeping health care reform legislation on March 23.  The measure, previously known as H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, has now been officially designated Public Law 111-148.  [ More ]

2010 Employment Law & Legislative Conference

Washington Was Abuzz Last Week!Congressional approval of comprehensive health care reform wasn’t the only important event in Washington last week.  SHRM’s 2010 Employment Law & Legislative Conference, which attracted more than 600 HR professionals, featured a balance of Republican, Democratic, and non-partisan experts. Speakers provided a variety of ideas and a range of perspectives on health care reform, workplace flexibility, the upcoming 2010 elections, and other policy and political issues.  More ]

A Day on the Hill — A Member Perspective
More than 225 SHRM members visited the offices of their two senators and representative to discuss health care reform and the need to reauthorize Section 127 employer-provided educational assistance (set to expire at the end of this year).  [ More ]

Jobs Legislation

President Signs Job Tax Credit Legislation  
On March 19, President Barack Obama signed into law legislation (H.R. 2847) that creates a tax credit for the hiring of employees.  [ More ]


Workplace Weapons

Indiana Governor Signs Workplace Weapons Bill into Law
On March 18, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels signed into law legislation overwhelmingly approved by the Indiana General Assembly that would restrict Hoosier employers from enforcing workplace policies restricting firearms on company property. 
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Credit Checks

MD SHRM Helps Derail Bill in Annapolis; Similar Proposal Awaits Governor’s Signature in Oregon
One of the hottest HR public policy proposals percolating in state legislatures this year is a proposal to restrict the use of credit check information by employers in the hiring process.  Legislation is currently pending in more than a dozen states, however one such bill awaits the governor’s signature in Oregon … while another has been derailed in Maryland.  [ More ]

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