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Workplace policy on the hill

Updated: Jul 18, 2022

Last week I had the opportunity to attend SHRM's Workplace Policy Conference in Washington, DC. Attending this conference from March 27-29 allowed me to hear directly from U.S. and global policy leaders. Each leader shared how their key position within the administration uniquely equips them to affect change on HR issues that impact businesses of all sizes.

U.S. & Global Policy Influencers

The speakers shared their experiences which empowered HR leaders to advocate on Capitol Hill for federal, state and local public policy change. Representatives from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and more gathered to address HR professionals from around the nation.

Secretary of Labor Martin Walsh shared insights from his years of experience implementing policies for employers and included the administration's goal to give labor groups a stronger foothold in the workplace.

I had the privilege of meeting virtually with representatives from Senator Marco Rubio and Representative John Rutherford's offices. I also spent some time visiting with Senator Rick Scott's staff in person in the Hart Senate Office Building.

SHRM WPC 2022 Takeaways

Understanding the current thinking in DC will help Adaptive HR Solutions and the other HR leaders in attendance to better prepare employers on best practices for navigating the ever-changing workplace requirements.

  • Our senators and representatives are working hard to tackle employer issues from the legislative side

  • We may not make changes in Congress overnight, but each HR professional in attendance has a role in influencing their communities

  • HR professionals have specific responsibilities in navigating pandemic-related business situations

  • More employers are investing in skills-based training

  • SHRM will continue to provide a platform for HR professionals to be heard and up to date on changes in employment law

In addition to learning strategies for managing workplace changes, the 2022 Workplace Policy Conference allowed me to exchange ideas and connect with fellow thought leaders holding HR positions in a variety of industries.

I would like to extend thanks to SHRM for putting on this conference after a two-year hiatus due to the "rona." The most common phrase we heard from our speakers was "This is my first time in front of a live group of people since the pandemic started.”

It's about time.


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