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Capitol Hill Update

SHRM Members Serve as Key Catalysts in House Passage of Comp Time Bill
On May 8, SHRM members experienced the power of advocacy when the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1406, the Working Families Flexibility Act by a bipartisan vote of 223-204. SHRM was the principal employer association supporting the legislation, which would allow private-sector employers to give non-exempt employees the choice of receiving paid time off (compensatory time) instead of payments for any overtime hours worked. Comp time is an option that has been available to public-sector employees since 1985. [ More ]

As Congress Turns to Immigration Reform, ACIP Delves into the Details
Immigration reform measures currently being debated by Congress represent what could become the largest overhaul of the U.S. immigration system in a generation. The impact of these changes would directly affect how employers access global talent, including transforming the process for obtaining H-1B visas or green cards, facilitating intra-company transfers, and verifying the eligibility of employees to legally work in the United States. [ More ]

NLRB Developments

NLRB Poster Rule Rejected
On May 7, a federal court vacated in its entirety the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) August 2011 regulation requiring businesses to post notices of employee rights. The D.C. Circuit’s decision, based on the employer free speech provisions in Section 8(c) of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), resolves an appeal on the NLRB’s notice posting rule. Another challenge to the rule is pending in the Fourth Circuit.
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In the States

SHRM and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Host a State Issues Conference in D.C.
On May 15, SHRM and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce jointly hosted a state and local workplace policy event in Washington, D.C., titled Employment Issues Beyond the Beltway. The program included sessions on paid leave, immigration reform and minimum wage/living wage proposals in state legislatures and city councils across the country.
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Workplace Flexibility

2013 Sloan Award Applications — That’s a Wrap!
Since 2005, the Sloan Awards have been recognizing employers of all types and sizes across the U.S. for their innovative and effective workplace practices. This year, over 575 organizations submitted their applications to share how they are using workplace flexibility to make work work better for their business and their employees. 
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Veterans’ Employment

New Resources Help Fulfill HR Needs for Military Hiring
While the nightly news continues to report on the employment challenges faced by veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve, several new and helpful resources have been created for employers. These resources address the main issues identified by HR professionals as obstacles to hiring individuals who are transitioning out of the military.
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