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On May 18, members from York SHRM of Pennsylvania traveled to Capitol Hill for meetings with their elected officials. They discussed two important HR issues—the shortcomings of the federal E-Verify system, and a December 2010 proposal by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that would require employers to post a notice advising employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). 

Chapter members voiced concerns about the E-Verify system’s inability to address identity theft. They voiced support for an electronic verification system that is accurate, easy to use, and capable of replacing the current paper-based I-9 process. They also discussed the recently-announced Department of Homeland Security “Self Check” program. It allows individuals to validate their identity in E-Verify by answering a series of multiple-choice questions.

In February, SHRM provided comment to the NLRB on its posting proposal. The York members told their congressional delegation they felt the Board overstepped authority extended to it by Congress in enacting the NLRA.   

Participants in these types of constituent visits, organized with the help of SHRM Government Affairs staff through our “Day Inside the Beltway” program, often are afforded strategic recertification credit by the HR Certification Institute.  To learn more about how you, too, can become actively engaged in SHRM’s advocacy efforts, check out the links on the SHRM Advocacy/Get Involved Web page. 

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