The 113th Congress is official, redistricting is over, and now it’s time to get reacquainted with lawmakers.  It is also an opportunity to begin developing relationships with more than 90 new members of Congress. It is critically important that HR advocates reach out to elected officials (new and returning) to educate and inform them of the role HR plays in today’s workplace. Soon, Congress will begin discussions concerning comprehensive tax reform and immigration reform. The only way we can ensure a positive legislative environment in which the HR profession can continue to grow is by amplifying our voice both in Washington and in state capitals across the country.

It’s not too late to make another New Year’s resolution: to join the SHRM Advocacy Team (also known as the A-Team). The A-Team is a way to assist HR advocates—professionals like you — in making their voices heard on public policy issues that affect the workplace. The Advocacy Team is a crucial component of SHRM’s advocacy efforts and works with you to advance the interests of the HR profession at both the federal and state levels. As a member of the Advocacy Team, you will join the ranks of other HR advocates committed to moving the HR profession forward and be the voice of your profession.

Although SHRM’s Government Affairs Team meets with lawmakers and their staffs regularly on Capitol Hill, here are a few reasons why YOU should join the A-Team:

●  Lawmakers prefer to hear from their HR constituents.

●  Lawmakers are more likely to be swayed by voters who visit, write or call than by the efforts of lobbyists.

●  Congressional staff have an incentive to represent their bosses in a favorable light and to listen to constituents’ opinions.

●  Lawmakers prefer to hear personal stories and anecdotes of how policy would affect constituents.

We encourage all HR professionals nationwide to join the A-Team.  In 2013 we are seeking volunteer HR advocates from the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, South Carolina and Vermont. To sign up, click HERE.

For questions about an HR advocate’s duties in supporting SHRM’s advocacy efforts, please contact David Lusk, SHRM’s senior associate for member advocacy, at (703) 535-6158 or david.lusk@shrm.org, or Chatrane Birbal, SHRM’s senior specialist for member advocacy, at (703) 535-6476 or chatrane.birbal@shrm.org.

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