President Obama will give his annual State of the Union address (SOTU) Feb. 12, 2013 at 9 p.m. ET. This speech is important because the president will outline his key priorities for the year. President Obama is likely to use his speech to outline his legislative agenda, including deficit reduction, tax reform and immigration reform, among other issues.

The speech will come in the middle of another set of difficult budget negotiations between Congress and the administration.  In his invitation letter to the president, House Speaker John Boehner said the country faces immense challenges and Americans expect the Congress and White House to work together on solutions.  Boehner said cooperation will require a “willingness to seek common ground as well as presidential leadership.” There is no doubt a great deal of work lies ahead for the 113th Congress and President Obama.

Future decisions made on these initiatives will impact you and your workplace and may affect the way you prepare for what’s ahead, manage your employer’s risk and stay compliant.  That’s why it is important for HR advocates to meet with their elected officials early in the year, before proposals are introduced, to discuss possible policy implications on the workforce. 

Please join the SHRM Government Affairs Team (GAT) and @SHRMATeam at 8:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 12 for a live #SOTU #GATChat with special guests Lisa Horn (@SHRMLobbystLisa), Kathleen Coulombe (@kcnshrmga), Michael Layman (@SHRMLayman) and Chatrane Birbal (@SHRMAdvocacy). We’ll be chatting about the president’s legislative agenda and HR public policy issues in the current Congress and will provide an insider’s view to SHRM’s upcoming Legislative Conference.

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The 2013 Employment Law and Legislative Conference, taking place March 10-13 in Washington, D.C., is an opportunity for SHRM members to continue the public policy conversation. This year’s conference, with the theme “Prepare, Manage and Stay,” offers an information-packed agenda for attendees.  In addition to the latest compliance information, participants will hear about legislative issues pending at federal and states levels, and conduct Capitol Hill meetings with their lawmakers to discuss key HR public policy issues, including relevant proposals from the president’s State of the Union address.

Why should HR professionals #HaveAVoice during the SHRM Employment Law and Legislative Conference?

Do you have a strategy for advocacy engagement?  What are the burning HR issues you would like to discuss with members of the 113th Congress?

Q1. What HR issues are you hoping the President will include in his SOTU address?

Q2. Are you attending this year’s Employment Law and Legislative Conference? If yes, why?

Q3. Have you attended the conference in previous years? What was your favorite part of the conference?

Q4. Hearing the SOTU, why is it more important than ever for HR professionals to engage in advocacy?

Q5. What are the HR public policy issues you’d like to discuss with lawmakers?

Q6. How has the E-verify process impacted operations in your workplace?

Q7. How might changes to the tax code such as retirement plans impact your employees?