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D. T-Minus 6 Months and Counting!. Leading People. Leading Organizations. May 21, 2014. Chatrane Birbal, Senior Advisor, Government Relations Nancy Hammer, Senior Government Affairs Policy Counsel, Government Affairs Kelly Hastings, Senior Advisor, Government Relations. @SHRMBirbal.

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Leading people leading organizations

D

T-Minus 6 Months and Counting!

Leading People. Leading Organizations.

May 21, 2014

Chatrane Birbal, Senior Advisor, Government Relations

Nancy Hammer, Senior Government Affairs Policy Counsel, Government Affairs

Kelly Hastings, Senior Advisor, Government Relations


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@SHRMBirbal

@HammerSHRM

@SHRMKellyH


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Source: GovTrack.US


State of the union

State of the Union

“. . . Some require Congressional action, and I’m eager to work with all of you. But America does not stand still – and neither will I. So wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”

President Barack Obama – January 2014


Post state of the union

Post State of the Union

Agency developments and Executive Orders will ensure an active 2014:

Proposed Rule to Amend Representation Election Procedures 

Proposed 541 Regulation 

Executive Order on Pay Discrimination for Federal Contractors 

Executive Order on Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors 

. . .


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  • National Labor Relations Board

  • Proposed Rule to Amend Representation Election Procedures

    • Rule was reissued by the NLRB in the Federal Register on February 5. The proposed rule is nearly identical to regulations proposed in 2011.

    • The proposal would revise the process for union representation elections, expediting the period of time between the filing of NLRB election petition and the election itself. The regional director could set a pre-election hearing to begin seven days after a hearing notice is served and a post-election hearing 14 days after the tally of ballots.

    • Provides for the electronic filing and transmission of election petitions.

    • Employers would be required to turn over private employee information to the NLRB and the petitioning party, including employee telephone numbers and e-mail.


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  • SHRM raised the following concerns to the proposed rule in its comments:

    • Shortened time frame between the filing of an NLRB representation case petition and election;

    • Failure to establish a record supporting new election rules;

    • Detrimental changes to the Board election proceedings and;

    • Changes to voter list rules infringe on employee privacy rights.

  • We were joined in its comments by 96 SHRM state councils and chapters and over 4,600 individual members submitted their own comments to the NLRB as well.

  • SHRM member Roger King of Jones Day testified before the NLRB on April 10 on these issues.

  • SHRM member Steve Browne also testified before the House Education and Workforce committee on the proposed rule in March.


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  • Department of Labor

  • Proposed Rule to Amend 541 Overtime Regulations

    • President Obama sent a presidential memorandum to the Department of Labor (DOL) on March 13, directing the Agency to “modernize” and “simplify” the Section 541 rules.

    • Under the FLSA 541 Regulations, an employee qualifies as exempt from overtime if he or she satisfies a “duties test” (under the Executive, Administrative, Professional, Computer and Outside Sales regulations) and the employee is paid on a “Salary Basis.” 


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  • Department of Labor

  • Proposed Rule to Amend 541 Overtime Regulations

    • Although we have not seen a proposal, we understand the changes may include doubling the “Salary Basis” amount from $455 dollars a week ($23,660 annually) to $910 dollars a week ($47,320 annually).

    • Proposal will also modify the “duties test” making changes to definitions and possibly changing key terms and elements, particularly in the “primary duty” area.

    • DOL will be holding a series of listening events in the months leading up to the announcement and SHRM anticipates that we will be part of those sessions.


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  • Department of Labor

  • Executive Order on Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information

    • Announced by the President on April 8, prohibits a federal contractor from discriminating against or discharging an employee or applicant who “has inquired about, discussed, or disclosed the compensation of the employee or applicant or another employee or applicant.” 

    • The executive order directs the DOL to propose regulations to implement these requirements within 160 days. 

    • The order is effective immediately and applies to contract entered into on or after the effective date of the DOL rule.


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  • Department of Labor

  • Executive Order on Non-Retaliation for Disclosure of Compensation Information

    • Announced by the President on April 8, prohibits a federal contractor from discriminating against or discharging an employee or applicant who “has inquired about, discussed, or disclosed the compensation of the employee or applicant or another employee or applicant.” 

    • The executive order directs the DOL to propose regulations to implement these requirements within 160 days. 

    • The order is effective immediately and applies to contract entered into on or after the effective date of the DOL rule.


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  • Department of Labor

  • Presidential Memorandum on Advancing Pay Equality through Compensation Data Collection

    • Announced by the President on April 8, it directs the DOL to propose, within 120 days, a rule requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to submit to DOL summary data on the compensation paid to employees, including information by race and sex. 

    • In 2011, SHRM submitted comments to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) on a similar proposed rule.

    • SHRM’s comments raised several concerns with the proposal including the need to protect proprietary employer information on compensation systems.


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A Roundtable Discussion: Economic Security for Working Women

Tuesday, May 20 2014

SHRM Member:

Gayle E. Troy , Human Resource Manager, Globe Manufacturing Company, LLC, Pittsfield, NH


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Timeline of Important Immigration Actions

in the 113th Congress

House Speaker Boehner will not take up S. 744, but will take a step-by-step approach and address a series of bills.

Republicans immigration reform standards are released in the House. Any final bill will need Democratic support to pass.

House Democrats discuss a discharge petition option.

The President indicates in his SOTU that immigration reform is a top 2014 priority.

The Senate passes the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744).

House Speaker Boehner says immigration reform will be difficult to move forward in 2014.

The President agrees to support a step-by-step approach.

June 27

July

November 20

January 28

January 30

February 25

February 6

2013

2014


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The Legal Workforce Act (H.R. 1772)

A bill that focuses on employment verification, makes E-Verify mandatory within six months to two years of enactment, preempts state laws, and while it takes steps toward modernizing the current E-Verify system, further changes are needed to combat identity theft in the verification process. (Passed in Committee June 2013)


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Ensure Employers have the Tools to Hire Legal Workforce.  E-Verify must use state-of-the-art technology, such as knowledge based authentication, to accurately authenticate a new hire’s identity to combat against identity theft.


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Possible Windows for Immigration Reform

  • This summer after many Republican primaries are complete

  • Lame Duck (post-election) ?

  • The next Congress (2015-2016) ?

  • The next President (2017 and beyond) ?


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The SHRM A-Team

  • Developed to ensure when policy decision-makers (legislators, regulators, etc.) develop workplace policy, the voice of HR is heard via a “local network”

  • Since MoC’s are most responsive to their constituents, informs legislators of policy impacts upon employers in her / his district

  • SHRM members best understand / are best suited to communicate how public policy affects employees, employers & the HR profession as a whole

  • SHRM members are constituents with an interest in policy that will sway legislators and develop credible and influential relationships with elected officials


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A-Team Target States 2010-2014


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Government Affairs Staff Contact

Mike Aitken

Vice President, Government Affairs

Office: 703-535-6027

Cell: 703-625-1784

[email protected]

Chatrane Birbal

Senior Advisor, Government Relations

Office: 703-535-6476

Cell: 917-627-4682

[email protected]

Bob Carragher

Senior Advisor, State Affairs

Office: 703-535-6268

Cell: 571-251-1135

[email protected]

Kathleen Coulombe

Senior Advisor, Government Relations

Office: 703-535-6061

Cell: 571-263-2454

[email protected]

Jason Gabhart

California State Government Relations Advisor

Cell: 916-833-0462

[email protected]

Nancy Hammer, Esq.

Senior Government Affairs Policy Counsel

Office: 703-535-6030

Cell: 703-598-8585

[email protected]

Kelly Hasting

Senior Advisor, Government Relations

Office: 703-535-6246

Cell: 571-235-1338

[email protected]

Lisa Horn

Director, Congressional Affairs

Office: 703-535-6352

Cell: 703-731-4669

[email protected]

Meredith Nethercutt Senior Associate, Member Advocacy

Office: 703.535.6417

Cell: 703-362-2366

[email protected]

Council For Global Immigration

Lynn Shotwell

Executive Director

Office: 703.535.6466

Cell: 202-374-8382

[email protected]

Rebecca Peters

Director & Counsel for Legislative Affairs

Office: 703.535.6467

Cell: 202-459-3845

[email protected]


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