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For the second time in 2009, representatives from the Alabama State Council traveled to Washington, DC this week to meet with their state’s legislators.

During their meetings, SHRM members shared their views on health care reform, the E-Verify system and the role HR professionals play in the employment verification process.  The group also communicated concerns about the Healthy Families Act, which would require employers with 15 or more workers to provide up to 56 hours of paid sick leave per year.

Alabama SHRM Members Visit with Rep. Artur Davis
(third from left)

Juanita Phillips, the Alabama State Legislative Director summed up their Day Inside the Beltway as follows:

“It was a great success.  We had 11 attendees from around the state and met with six of our nine members of Congress, as well as staffers in the other 3 offices.  It was an exciting day of conversation with Alabama's congressmen about Health Care Reform and E-Verify.  Five of our attendees were first-timers and it was a great group.”

In the next few months, other SHRM state councils and chapters are planning to visit their legislators in Washington.  

To learn more about this important advocacy activity that “puts a face behind” the positions SHRM is advancing on Capitol Hill, please contact Recardo Gibson, SHRM’s Member Advocacy Specialist, via email at



 In This Issue

Labor - Management Relations
Is There a “Deal or No Deal” on EFCA?
Increasing SHRM Visibility and Influence
SHRM Meetings in Washington
Member Advocacy
Alabama State Council Members Visit Capitol Hill – Take 2!

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The next issue of HR Issues Update will be published on Friday, October 2, 2009.

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