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From The President's Desk

On March 25th, I had the pleasure of joining other members of SHRM chapters from across the state on Capitol Hill to share views on four legislative issues being considered by Congress that impact the workplace.

The Alabama delegation was among more than 200 human resource professionals from across the country that met with their representatives and congressional staffs in Washington for the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) annual Advocacy Day.

Each delegation spoke about the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) definition of a full-time employee; proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations; employment verification for employers; and the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) union election rule.

As human resource professionals, we are in a unique position of representing the issues from the perspectives of both employers and employees. Our profession is uniquely positioned to do that is one of the reasons our legislators appreciate hearing from us.

Although the event was part of the SHRM 2015 Employment Law & Legislative Conference, held March 23-25 in Washington, this was not our first Hill visit. Under the leadership of Juanita Phillips, ALSHRM Legislative Co-Chair, the Alabama delegation has been making Hill visits twice a year for many years now and actually created the model for other delegations to follow. The Alabama delegation is well respected, so much so that Juanita was asked to speak during a Congressional hearing on human resource issues.

Here are the issues we discussed:

  • ACA definition of full-time employee: Under the ACA, employers with more than 50 full-time employees are required to provide affordable group health insurance coverage to those employees working more than 30 hours a week and their dependents, or they will face financial penalties in 2016. Four years after enactment of the health care reform law, employers are encountering difficulties implementing the ACA requirement. SHRM members told Senate representatives that the ACA’s definition of a full-time employee should be modified to 40 hours a week, as the 30-hours-a-week designation is inconsistent with standard employment practices and other federal laws.
  • Proposed changes to FLSA overtime regulations: Under the FLSA, employees are to be paid at a rate of at least one and a half times their regular rate for working more than 40 hours a week. President Barack Obama has proposed to modernize and streamline the FLSA overtime regulations, yet no details have been shared about exactly what changes will be proposed. Since Congress will have hearings about this issue, SHRM members discussed with both House and Senate leaders how current FLSA regulations present challenges to employers because the classification of positions is based on both objective and subjective criteria.
  • Employment verification for employers and HR professionals: On March 3, the House Judiciary Committee approved its first immigration enforcement bill, the Legal Workforce Act, which requires U.S. employers to check the work eligibility of all new hires through the E-Verify system. In conversations with House and Senate representatives, SHRM members and SHRM’s affiliate, the Council for Global Immigration, supported the goal of a legal workforce. But they also urged Congress to improve E-Verify to include an electronic verification system that will eliminate virtually all unauthorized employment, provide security for employers to eliminate the current I-9 paper-based system, protect the identity and personal information of legal workers through identity authentication tools, and prevent employment discrimination based on national origin.
  • NLRB union election rule: In December 2014, the NLRB issued a final rule that would shorten the time frame between when the union asks an employer for a secret-ballot election and when that election occurs. Earlier this year, SHRM filed a lawsuit challenging the NLRB elections rulemaking; the lawsuit is pending. Under two resolutions of disapproval (S.J. Res. 9 and H. J. Res. 29), Congress can block the federal rule from being implemented if resolutions are passed in both the House and Senate. SHRM members told their Senate and House representatives that the union election rule limits employees’ ability to make an informed choice, and they thanked representatives for voting to block the rule.

These visits provide an excellent opportunity to hear first hand what is really happening – or lately, not happening - on Capital Hill. Staff members are knowledgeable and forthcoming during our discussions and I have learned a great deal. Advocacy is a major part of SHRM’s mission. Our state chapter sees this as one of our major initiatives each year and we feel we are making a difference. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to represent Mobile SHRM at this event.

Alabama SHRM Delegation
Members of the Alabama SHRM delegation with Congressman Mo Brooks.

Statters Signature


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Annual Gulf Coast Human Resources Conference

Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center
One South Water Street
Mobile, AL 36602
Friday, November 13, 2015 from 8:00am to 4:30pm

Registration & Breakfast
6:45 am – 7:45 am

Opening Keynote Speaker
8:00 am – 9:00 am

Sessions
9:40 am – 11:40 am; 12:50 pm – 4:20 pm

ALL SESSIONS ARE PENDING APPROVAL FOR SHRM & HRCI RECERTIFICATION CREDITS

Early Bird Registration Begins July 1, 2015
Participant Registration Fees:

Registration Date Mobile SHRM Members Non-Members
July 1st to September 30th $99 $109
October 1st to October 31st $129 $139
November 1st to November 6th $149 $159

Vendors:
$375 July 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015
$450 October 1, 2015 to October 31, 2015
$525 November 1, 2015 to November 6, 2015
All fees must be paid in full by the last day of the specific fee level to receive that rate.

SPONSORSHIPS OPPORTUNITIES:
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Platinum: $1,500 - $2,000 Gold: $1,000 - $1,499 Silver: $500 - $999
All sponsorships must be paid in full by August 31, 2015

For more information email:
Conference Chair: Kasie Irby at conference@mobileshrm.org
Conference Co-Chair: Marcia Washam at conferencecochair@mobileshrm.org

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Football BoyAre you a Football Fanatic?

Please help support your local SHRM Foundation by donating money to your favorite College Football Team. So far we have collected a total of $47.86 in actual face value and the Jags are winning. Go Jags!! Don’t forget your pocket change, bills, or checkbook. Remember pennies will deduct points, coins are face value; bills and checks are double. The current score is as follows:

1st place Jags with $32.74
2nd place Auburn with $30.50
3rd place Alabama with $15.89
4th place Other ($0.04)

Come prepared to help support your local SHRM Foundation.

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We appreciate your support of our chapter and our mission!
** All Door Prize Donors will be recognized in our Monthly Newsletter **

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****DOOR PRIZES ALWAYS NEEDED AND APPRECIATED!!!***

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2015 Meeting Sponsorships

Mobile SHRM has sponsorships available for our monthly meetings. The $400 sponsorship includes lunch for two representatives, a display table near the entry door and five minutes to present information about your product or services to our members and guests. Promotional items may also be placed on each luncheon table. We would be happy to display your banner or sign near the speaker’s podium and, upon receipt of the sponsorship payment, sponsors will recognize the sponsor on the Mobile SHRM website and in that month’s newsletter.

Sponsorships allow us to keep our luncheon costs at a reasonable rate for our members and guests. If you are interested in sponsorship of a meeting, please contact Lana Mosley at pres-elect@mobileshrm.org at your earliest convenience to secure your preferred month.

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MOBILE SOCIETY FOR HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
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MISSION STATEMENT
The Mobile, Alabama chapter of SHRM exists to promote quality human resource practice among local industries, businesses, educational institutions, and government agencies. We bring together leading practitioners to provide education, networking and discussion of various human resource topics and to identify the best practices for all aspects of human resource and industrial relations work.

6300 Grelot Rd., Suite G 102, Mobile, AL 36609