1: ©SHRM 2007 What’s Next? SHRM Government Affairs • April 8, 2010
3: Washington Outlook for Federal HR Public Policy H.R. 3149, Equal Employment for All Act
Introduced by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN)
Would amend FCRA to prohibit the use of consumer credit checks against prospective and current employees for the purpose of making adverse employment decisions.
Exceptions to such prohibition for employment:
national security or Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) clearance;
state or local government agency
supervisory position at a financial institution
4: Washington Outlook for Federal HR Public Policy Protecting America's Workers Act (H.R. 2067)
Introduced by Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA)
Expands OSHA to cover state, local and federal government employees (now covered under an executive order), air and rail employees
Increases civil and criminal penalties
Provides workers and unions the right to contest any settlements between OSHA and an employer
Restricts employer incident reporting
5: Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 1409 / S. 560)
Introduced by Rep. George Miller (D-CA) and former Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA)
Amends the National Labor Relations Act to change how employees can choose to join a union
Under current law, two ways that employees can join a union
1) Secret ballot election
2) Signed authorization cards (“card check”)
Washington Outlook for Federal HR Public Policy
7: Washington Outlook for Federal HR Public Policy 7 What would an EFCA compromise look like?
Mail-in ballots (“postcard check”)
Baseball arbitration (final best offer arbitration)
Union access to employees, employer facilities
8: Washington Outlook for Federal HR Public Policy Paycheck Fairness Act (H.R. 12/S. 182)
Amends Equal Pay Act (Fair Labor Standards Act)
Passed House by 256 – 163 vote in Jan. 2009
Subjects employers to unlimited liability under Equal Pay Act
Promotes class action lawsuits against employers
Restricts employer pay practices
11: Brief Q & A on the Issues (~ 10 Minutes) 11
12: The NEW ‘SHRM Connect’ Portal for State Legislative Directors
13: SHRM Connect 13
14: SHRM’s NEW HR Voice Website 14
15: SHRM’s Advocacy Website – Get Involved 15
16: 16 SHRM’s NEW ‘HR Voice’ System
17: 17 SHRM’s NEW ‘HR Voice’ Action E-list
18: 18 As of April 7, 2010, we have identified 27,249 “advocates” within our NEW HR Voice advocacy database
We have advocates in each of the 435 congressional districts throughout the United States
The district with the most advocates – Virginia’s 10th District in the outskirts of Washington represented by Congressman Frank Wolf (R) – has 204; the one with the least – New York’s 16th District encompassing the Bronx and represented by Congressman José Serrano (D) – has 1.
SHRM’s NEW HR Voice Action E-list
19: SHRM’s NEW Pending Legislation Report 19
20: 20 SHRM NEW Pending Legislation Report
21: Issues We’re Tracking in the States Subject areas currently being tracked by CQ StateTrack:
Background/Credit Checks *
Discrimination in the Workplace
Domestic Partner Benefits
Harassment in the Workplace
Health Care Reform
Mandated Use of E-Verify *
Misclassification of Workers
Workplace Weapons|Parking Lot *
22: 22 SHRM Advocacy Website – ‘Issues’
23: 23 SHRM Advocacy Website – ‘Legislative Leaders’
24: A Preview of SHRM’s Member Advocacy Focus for 2010 24
25: Member Advocacy Strategy in 2010 We launched the program at the 2010 Employment Law and Legislative Conference to our State Legislative Directors on March 17.
Program will encourage participation in all 50 states, but will focus our efforts with an initial 10 states in 2010 and a pilot program - California.
Program will be phased-in to all 50 states over a five-year period.
The 10 key target states for 2010 will be dispersed throughout the 5 SHRM regions and include Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Maine, Nebraska, New York, Rhode Island, Washington and Wisconsin.
The major focus of this effort . . .
26: Sharing Some Quality Face Time With HR 26
Who better to share the HR perspective on an issue than you?
27: SHRM’s 2010 ‘SHAPE’ Program for Chapters and State Councils 27 Government Affairs
In coordination with the SHRM Government Affairs Team (GAT), develop and implement a chapter outreach program to establish/enhance relationships with state and federal elected officials. Chapters are strongly encouraged to coordinate such efforts with the GAT’s Member Advocacy Specialist, ensuring consistency of SHRM’s messaging on current HR public policy matters.
»» Create a “Day Inside the District” Program, where members within your chapter can meet with their state or federal public policy-makers within the district. This includes inviting a state or federal public policymaker to speak at a chapter meeting.
»» Create a “Day Inside the Beltway” Program, where members within your chapter can meet with their federally elected officials in Washington, D.C.
»» Develop and implement (or maintain) an information sharing campaign to engage your members in the legislative process which include tactics such as:
»» Presenting, at least quarterly, a legislative update at chapter meetings
»» Providing, at least quarterly, a legislative update in the chapter newsletter (either online or print)
»» A chapter representative attends the SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference and participates in the Capitol Hill Advocacy Day:
• Reporting back to the chapter on the conference and the Capitol Hill Advocacy Day is a great way to include the members in the experience.
• Share what you learned on your Hill visit through your update column in the newsletter or in your update at the chapter meeting.
SHRM 2010 Affiliate Program for Excellence (SHAPE) planning workbook Appendix B: Idea Center
28: 2010 Member Advocacy Initiative By April 30, 2010, begin identifying one key contact (‘precinct captain’) in the congressional districts throughout the 10 target states and California
29: Thank You! Michael Layman
Manager, Labor and Employment Law
Member Advocacy Specialist
Manager, Government Relations