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Health Care Reform

House Passes Reform Bill; Issue Now Moves to the Senate    
Late on Saturday evening, November 7, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of health care reform legislation (H.R. 3962 -“The Affordable Health Care for America Act”) by a vote of 220 to 215.  Thirty-nine Democrats and all but one Republican (Representative Joseph Cao of Louisiana) voted against the bill.
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H1N1 Developments

Senate Turns to SHRM on H1N1 Influenza Preparedness
On November 10, SHRM member Elissa C. O’Brien testified at the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families hearing titled, “The Cost of Being Sick: H1N1 and Paid Sick Days”.  Ms. O’Brien is Vice President of Human Resources at Wingate Healthcare in Needham, MA, and a member of SHRM’s Special Expertise Panel on Labor Relations. More ]
Background Checks

Chemical Security Bill Has Paid Leave Implications
On Friday, November 6, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2868, “The Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Act of 2009.”  Of note for HR professionals is a provision in the bill that would require security background checks of certain individuals at chemical facilities – along with paid administrative leave for any employee being investigated.  [ More ]

UI Benefits

Unemployment Benefits Extended for Millions of Americans 
Earlier this month, President Obama signed into law H.R. 3548, a bill that extends unemployment insurance benefits for millions of out-of-work Americans.  [ More ]

Member Advocacy

SHRM Members at Home on Capitol Hill
November brought to a close an extremely active fall for SHRM advocacy efforts with three additional Day Inside the Beltway events.  A total of 11 SHRM member groups have visited Washington, DC in 2009 to make their voices heard.  [ More ]

HR Public Policy Webcasts

Are You Ready for the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)?
“The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act” – or GINA – has been called “the first civil rights law of the 21st Century.”  The Act prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of their genetic information in both employment and health care.   [ More ]


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