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Good news for HR public policy advocates: Two bills strongly supported by SHRM advanced in Congress this week.

On Sept. 15, by the vote of 238-186, the House passed H.R. 2587, the "Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act.” This was a response to the National Labor Relations Board’s complaint against The Boeing Company for opening a new Dreamliner aircraft assembly line in South Carolina.

SHRM supported this legislation. It would amend the National Labor Relations Act to prevent the Board from ordering an employer to  restore business operations,  rescind a relocation or transfer, or make an investment at a particular plant, facility, or location.

That same day, the House Judiciary Committee began consideration of H.R. 2885, the “Legal Workforce Act.” The bill would create a modern, federal employment verification system that would preempt conflicting state laws. It would include a pilot of a biometric program enabling employers to further confirm the identity of job applicants.

In a letter to Congress dated Sept. 15, SHRM President and CEO Hank Jackson said SHRM members recognize that “the current employment verification system is in need of real reform.” SHRM believes the bill’s federal preemption provisions and  biometric pilot program will give employers more clarity in keeping illegal workers off their payrolls.

The committee plans to complete consideration of the bill next week. 

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