|SHRM A-Team: Discuss Two Key HR Issues with Your Lawmaker this Month|
Congress has adjourned for the month-long August congressional recess season(through Labor Day), and again, as a key A-Team member for your congressional district, this is the perfect time to speak directly with your member of Congress while he/she is back home in the district. Local town hall events and in-person meetings with lawmakers provide the best opportunities to further establish yourself as a primary resource on HR policy matters, specifically educating the local office on key issues impacting your workplace.
The following up-to-date items are included in this communication to help provide direction as you are active this August:
SUGGESTED PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES TO DISCUSS WITH LAWMAKERS
SHRM’s Government Affairs team recommends A-Team members discuss the following two HR policy issues certain to impact the profession during your legislative meetings:
AUGUST RECESS IN-DISTRICT CONGRESSIONAL MEETING GUIDANCE
Below are the steps you need to take at this time to schedule and conduct a meeting with your lawmaker:
Step 2: Submit your request for an in-person meeting. Visit your lawmaker’s website and fill out an online meeting request form; fax or email a hard copy of a meeting request letter to the local office; or place a call to the district office to schedule a meeting over the phone. For your convenience, click HERE to access SHRM’s template meeting request letter which you can personalize and send to your lawmaker.
Step 4: Discuss timely policy issues currently facing HR professionals during your legislative meetings. (See SHRM's suggested two issues above)
Step 5: Plan to share personal stories about your expertise in HR, and how these federal issues and pending regulations currently or could impact your company/organization.
HOW THE A-TEAM CAN STRATEGICALLY ENGAGE
Overtime Regulations and Potential Legislative Focus: If you are an A-Team member and one of the following Representatives and/or Senators is your respective lawmaker, these specific members of Congress who serve on the workplace issue-focused House Committee on Education and the Workforce and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee need to hear from the HR community this month about potential impacts of the DOL’s proposed changes to overtime regulations:
In addition, whether you are serving on SHRM’s A-Team as an “HR Advocate” or leading as an “Advocacy Captain”, here are some specific items to keep in mind as you engage with lawmakers this August:
* For additional information about planning for your congressional district meetings or events, or if you have any questions, need guidance or additional support, please contact SHRM's Meredith Nethercutt at Meredith.firstname.lastname@example.org.