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Job Creation Proposals

House Sends Senate Jobs Package; Senate Vote to Wait Until 2010
On December 16, the U.S. House of Representatives approved, on a 217-212 vote, job creation legislation that will cost about $150 billion and be paid for partially by Troubled Asset Relief Program funds. [ More ]

In Brief

U.S. Senate Approves Health Care Reform Bill  
By a 60-39 vote, the Senate passed health care reform legislation (H.R. 3590) on Christmas Eve morning, December 24.  The bill would provide coverage to an additional 31 million Americans, implement sweeping health insurance industry reforms, and reduce Medicare spending nearly $500 billion.  [ More ]

COBRA Subsidy and UI Extension Clears Congress  
On Saturday, December 19, 2009, the U.S. Senate:

1.   Extended and expanded the COBRA subsidy program that was enacted under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA); and

2.   Extended and expanded unemployment benefits through February 28, 2010. [ More ]

Employer Tax Extenders

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Tax Extenders Package 
On December 9, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that extends many expiring tax provisions scheduled to expire at the end of 2009.  The bill (H.R. 4213) contains provisions that would extend certain tax provisions for individuals, businesses and philanthropic organizations.  [ More ]

H1N1 Preparation

SHRM Partners with Clorox to Combat Flu in the Workplace  
To help you prepare your office for this historic flu season, Clorox will provide SHRM members with free Flu Preparedness & Prevention Educational Kits, upon request. The kit contains important flu prevention information that can help to reduce the risk and spread of viruses in the workplace. [ More ] 

2010 Midterm Elections

SHRM Sponsors Panel Discussion in Washington on the Outlook for Election 2010   
On December 17, SHRM and the National Journal Group joined together to sponsor, “The PowerBreakfast: A Look Ahead at the 2010 Political Landscape.”  [ More ]

2010 SHRM Legislative Conference

Early Bird Deadline Extended Until January 15, 2010 
Next year’s Employment Law & Legislative Conference in Washington, DC will be one of SHRM’s most important events in the New Year. 
The Conference will be held on March 17 - 19, 2010 – the time when the Obama Administration and Congress will be making their final plans for what’s possible to achieve before the mid-term elections next November.  The Early Bird Deadline – and discounted price – has been extended until January 15, 2010.  We urge you to register now to take advantage of the savings and to reserve your space.   [ More ]

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