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Health Care Reform

Road to Health Reform Gets Bumpy in the House
Although health care reform bills were approved by a House and a Senate committee recently, the outlook remains uncertain in other committees with jurisdiction.  For example, America’s Affordable Health Choices Act (H.R. 3200) encountered a significant roadblock when conservative Democrats (known as “Blue Dogs”) on the House Energy and Commerce Committee raised objections over the cost of the legislation. [ More ]

Card Check Developments

EFCA Continues to Founder in Senate
The Employee Free Choice Act – or "card check" bill – remains sidelined in Congress as legislators focus their efforts on health reform.  However, a small group of senators is continuing to search for a compromise on the controversial legislation.  As we go to press, rumors continue to swirl about the status of these negotiations. [ More ]

Employment Verification

E-Verify Under Fire
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced that it will rescind a rule outlining actions employers should take when they receive a “no-match” letter from Social Security Administration indicating possible illegal employment.  [ More ]

In the States

Budget Shortfalls and Health Reform Dominate State Legislators’ Agenda in Philadelphia
As nearly 1,000 state legislators caucused in Philadelphia last week for the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Legislative Summit, the dire budgetary conditions of nearly all state governments and the outlook for health reform in Washington were at the forefront of the five-day meeting. [ More ]

 Emerging HR Public Policy Issues Webcast Series

What's Next from the Obama Administration and the 111th Congress

Wednesday, August 12, 2009
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (ET)
Recertification Hours*: 1.5 (Approved for Strategic Management Credit)

Six months into the Democratic controlled 111th Congress and Obama administration, employers are experiencing the most active HR public policy agenda in 30 years. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first piece of legislation passed by the new Congress and signed by the president, and new COBRA subsidies were a key part of the Obama administration's stimulus bill. Observers expect the 111th Congress to continue its focus on employment issues, including health care reform, union organizing rules, paid parental leave, employment eligibility and job creation. The Democratic administration is also expected to step up federal regulatory activity. And, with one vacancy on the Supreme Court already announced, and others expected, employment issues are likely to be in the forefront of judicial hearings as well.

Workplace Application:  This 90-minute webcast will review the actions already taken by the 111th Congress and looks ahead at what legislative and regulatory initiatives are likely in the near future.  By being informed, you can help your organization prepare for changes in employment law and play a role in shaping such policy. 

Presenter: Mike Aitken, SHRM's Director of Government Affairs

Register Today! To register for this webcast click HERE or visit

SHRM Member: $79

Nonmember: $99



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