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Employee Classification

SHRM Helps Congress Define 'Independent Contractor'
This week, legislative director for SHRM's Maryland State Council, Christine Walters, testified at a joint subcommittee hearing of the House Education and Labor Committee on the use of independent contractors in today's workforce. Walters explained how confusing it can be for HR professionals to know when to classify certain workers as "independent contractors." [More]
Military Leave

Wisconsin SHRM Testifies on FMLA Expansion
As more states consider expanding their family and medical leave laws, some HR professionals are worried about how these efforts could create confusion and inequity among employees. For example, SHRM's Wisconsin State Council voiced concerns over a proposed military leave bill that would expand the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act (WFMLA) to include leave associated with military deployments. [More]
Retirement Developments

SHRM Recommends Improvements in 401(k) Fee Disclosure
On July 24, SHRM and 11 other organizations representing employer sponsors of defined contribution retirement plans submitted joint recommendations on fee disclosure requirements to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). [More]
2008 Presidential Race

SHRM Keynote Speaker to Host Presidential Forums
If you attended SHRM's Annual Conference in Las Vegas last month, you saw Lance Armstrong address more than 15,000 members at the opening session. Now you can see him team up with MSNBC's Chris Matthews (and host of "Hardball") to host forums for presidential candidates. It's part of the two-day Livestrong Presidential Cancer Forum to be held in Cedar Rapids, IA. Democrats will take part on Monday, August 27; the Republicans on Tuesday, August 28. [More]
CEO Exchange

CEO Exchange TV Show Comes To SHRM.ORG
Lance Armstrong isn't the only coming attraction via streaming video on your computer. Beginning on August 1, 2007, all 10 episodes of last season's CEO Exchange television series will be available for viewing on SHRM's website. [More]
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