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Hill Visits

    Spring 2019 Hill Visit

    Our Spring 2019 Hill Visit in March was a huge success.  Our twelve attendees included three first-time attendees, and represented seven professional chapters and two student chapters throughout the state. 

    The topics discussed on the Hill were:

    • Employer-Provided Education Assistance – We asked that our Members of Congress consider co-sponsoring H.R. 1043 or S. 460, respectively, thanking Congresswoman Terri Sewell and Senator Doug Jones for already being co-sponsors.  These bills are both titled The Employer Participation in Repayment Act and would allow the $5,250 provided in Section 127 of the IRS code to also be used for student debt repayment as it currently is for education assistance.  We also talked about upcoming legislation that would raise that limit to $11,500.
    • Transforming the Workplace in 2019 – We also gave an overview of SHRM’s agenda for upcoming legislation in 2019 from a general perspective – expressing our focus on workforce development, workplace equity, workplace flexibility and leave, and workplace immigration.

    Thanks to everyone who participated and helped us continue our efforts to make our visits an ongoing conversation with Members and staffers.  We enjoyed staying within walking distance of the hill, appreciated the hospitality of the hotel and the city, and enjoyed the camaraderie and networking of our HR professionals. 

    As always, having an attendee from each district in our group is necessary.  Our visits with each Congressional office were interesting and productive; we look forward to our next visit in September 2019, and co-director Blinda Walker and I hope to see you there!  Specific information about the Fall Hill Visit will be shared through chapter legislative directors as we get closer.

    Just a reminder that the State Council recommends that chapters make the chapter legislative position a two-year position and that the incoming person attend the Fall Hill Visit before they begin their term in January. 

    Our thanks to the State Council for giving us the opportunity to work in the legislative arena and to attend the hill visits.

    Juanita Phillips, SHRM-SCP, SPHR                  
    2019 Co-director of Government Affairs
    Blinda Walker
    2019 Co-director of Government Affairs