Mississippi’s SHRM State Council held a State Legislative Reception for Congressman Gregg Harper, (R-MS-3rd District) on September 1, 2015. Congressman Harper is no stranger to SHRM as he has attended SHRM meetings in the past, and is quite familiar with workplace issues facing local HR professionals in his local district. Speaking exclusively to the 30+ local members who joined us for this reception, Rep. Harper prefaced his remarks by noting that employers have too many regulations to navigate these days and he would like to reduce that burden on businesses – words really appreciated during these particularly challenging times.
The Congressman was notably concerned about the proposed Department of Labor overtime changes and was hopeful that the House of Representatives could provide some relief down the road. As a side note, the Mississippi State Council signed on as a supporter of SHRM’s comment letter to the DOL last month, and have been paying close attention to this issue. He also addressed the looming Affordable Care Act “Cadillac Tax” and the potential problems that they will present for businesses.
This was such a great opportunity for SHRM members to interact with a member of their state’s federal delegation. Mississippi SHRM hosted a similar reception last year with special guest Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS). These receptions truly provide our local members a very cool and intimate setting to ask the questions that are on their minds, and hear direct feedback from someone casting votes for Mississippi on Capitol Hill. It’s also such a great way for our local members to get to know the person and personality of a real-life member of Congress.
Our state council leaders want to make sure that our local HR members continue to have a voice when it comes to laws and regulations, and that we do what we can to provide these exciting opportunities. Whatever lies ahead for our local Mississippi organizations, employers and employees – we will continue to make advocacy a priority, and hope we can count on our fellow SHRM state councils to join us!
Daniel Baker, J.D.
State Legislative Director
Mississippi SHRM State Council