September 16, 2014
Over the last year, our New Hampshire A-Team has been extremely active on both the federal and state level due to the tireless efforts of all of our A-Team Captains, Legislative Chairs and State Council. In fact, our HR State Council has truly embraced the need for advocacy and has continued the annual tradition of a New Hampshire Legislative Conference, which promotes the partnership with our NH Legislature by education and opportunities to connect with our state representatives.
Thankfully, all of our efforts resulted in an amazing turnout by our New Hampshire A-Team! Ten of the A-Team members from New Hampshire visited three staff members of Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) in the district during the August recess. Many of the A-Team were first-time attendees and were a bit anxious, but quickly discovered that they had a lot to offer to the conversation. In the meeting, we discussed potential Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) legislation/regulations against federal contractors, the Department of Labor (DOL)’s potential FLSA/overtime regulations, as well as the definition of full-time employee.
There was great dialogue between our A-Team and Senator Shaheen's staff discussing how each piece of potential legislation could impact companies in NH. Specifically, due to the fact that most of the employers in New Hampshire are small- to medium-sized businesses, and to the increased administrative and cost burdens, which are unintended consequences of these types of legislative actions, we believe we provided an insight not considered initially by Senator Shaheen. We agreed to maintain our relationship with Sen. Shaheen at both the federal and state level and work together on future issues that impact the HR profession.
Senator Shaheen's office also requested for us to send them any additional information that SHRM could offer as it relates to the current legislation as future amendments or changes are made. Overall, it was a very successful meeting and based on the feedback from the first-time members, we believe future meetings with other congressional staff will occur with even more members than ever!
Thanks to the A-Team at SHRM for providing us the materials and relevant information necessary to make these meetings more meaningful!
Catharine Mirabile, SPHR
Director of Human Resources & Compliance
CGI Business Solutions
SHRM A-Team Advocacy Captain
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