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A-Team Upate

    January 24, 2020

    With 2019 in the rearview mirror, we're moving into what will surely be an important year for the A-Team and the policy landscape for the HR profession. Before addressing what's in store for 2020, all of us here at SHRM would like to thank you for your tremendous advocacy efforts on behalf of HR and the workplace. Your time and commitment toward elevating the voice of HR is exactly why together, we experienced such phenomenal legislative success last year, and SHRM is prepared to build on these wins in 2020.

    2019 A-Team Wins

    • Achieved full repeal of the Cadillac Tax on employer-sponsored health plans
    • Extended the Work Opportunity Tax Credit for employers hiring from untapped talent pools
    • Achieved a reasonable increase in the salary threshold in final federal overtime rule
    • Developed recommendations on worker upskilling and training for the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board
    • Worked with the California Democratic Party to improve its harassment policy
    • Obtained a stay of Texas local paid leave ordinances
    • Helped enact the SECURE Act, which promotes greater retirement savings through employer-sponsored plans
    • Stopped a California bill requiring pay data reporting by employers
    • Delayed premature implementation of a now electronic H-1B visa process
    • Made it easier for military spouses to transfer occupational licenses across state lines

    SHRM's A-Team is 11,391 members strong advocating on behalf of the HR profession. By 2021, SHRM aims to grow the A-Team to 20,000+ members. Help us achieve this goal by bringing just one of your colleagues, members of your network or fellow chapter members into the A-Team! New members can join at advocacy.shrm.org/about.

    2020 Congressional & State Legislatures Calendars

    Make sure to print out and keep your calendar handy as to when Congress will be in session throughout 2020, as well as other key dates related to the 2020 elections and SHRM advocacy activities. View the 2020 Congressional & Election Calendar.

    Advocacy@Work

    In just a few short months, SHRM will be hosting a brand-new experience, Advocacy@Work in Washington, DC from March 15th-17th. This event will provide attendees the opportunity to hear from subject matter experts, Capitol Hill veterans, and key government officials on policies impacting the workplace. Attendees will also have the chance to use the storytelling skills and policy knowledge that they have developed by putting them into action during Advocacy Day. While on Capitol Hill, attendees will have the exclusive opportunity to let Members of Congress and their staffs know, in person, how pending workplace legislation directly affects the employees and employers they represent. As a member of SHRM's A-Team you are eligible for a $250 housing stipend if you register by tomorrow, January 24. Additionally, If you register by tomorrow, you will also have the chance to take advantage of our early-bird registration pricing-as the price will increase by $100 once the offer expires. So make sure you register for Advocacy@Work today!

    A-Team Quarterly Webcast

    Join us for the Q1 A-Team Update webcast on Thursday, February 13, at 4:00 p.m. EST. Receive the latest updates on SHRM's government affairs activities, the legislative and regulatory outlook in Washington post-impeachment proceedings and learn more about Advocacy@Work. You can register for the webcast by completing this registration form.

    *If you are unable to participate in the live version of this webcast, you may view this webcast later using the same registration link above.

    Share Your Story and Request Resources

    We would love to hear from our A-Team members about their latest and most impactful experiences in advocating-share your story by completing this form

    Need A-Team materials (brochures, giveaways, etc.) for distribution at your local chapter, state council or HR network? Please contact (ATeam@shrm.org) for support.

    We are expecting 2020 to be a banner year for the SHRM A-Team and HR advocacy at both the federal and state levels. Thank you for your active engagement on behalf of the HR profession, and we look forward to continued success this year!

    All the best,

    Bailey Yeager
    Director, Member Advocacy