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 Want to Get Involved?  Join The SHRM Advocacy Team!

SHRM’s Government Affairs department launched a new member advocacy initiative in 2010. Referred to as the Advocacy Team (or A-Team), this member-involvement program seeks to establish a SHRM advocacy leader in each of the 435 congressional districts throughout the country.

In brief, these leaders, known as Advocacy Captains, will be responsible for establishing a relationship with their federal legislator locally within the congressional district in which they reside. The A-Team is being rolled out in a series of target states launched each year over the next five years.

SHRM’s Government Affairs staff has been conducting in-person and online training sessions for each A-Team target state, educating SHRM members about how to establish and build relationships with legislators, while also sharing SHRM’s stance in regard to policies that impact the HR profession. So far, nearly 250 SHRM members have volunteered to join the A-Team as either Advocacy Captains or HR Advocates.


Legislative Update—Overtime Rule Is Heating Up on Capitol Hill

In part due to continued engagement by SHRM’s A-Team, the overtime rule received extensive attention on Capitol Hill this week. Members of Congress heard about the overtime rule during the Memorial Day recess and came back to Washington concerned about how the rule impacts employers and employees back home in their districts and states.
In reaction,

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution, S.J.Res.34, to nullify the FLSA overtime rule. The resolution has strong support, with 44 U.S. senators listed as cosponsors. If the resolution passes, it would void the overtime rule; however, it would require the president’s signature in order to become law. While this is an unlikely outcome since President Obama is on record publicly supporting the overtime rule, SHRM is continuing to work with congressional leaders on other ways to address the overtime rule.

Also this week, the Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to mark up an appropriations bill that would fund the U.S. Department of Labor. SHRM is closely monitoring this process as an end-of-the-year appropriations strategy is viewed as a critical opportunity to improve the overtime rule.

Finally, SHRM continues to strongly support the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (H.R. 4773/S. 2707), which would require DOL to perform an economic analysis of how changes to overtime regulations will impact nonprofits, small businesses and employers in other industry sectors before issuing a new rule. A special thank you for the 12,000 e-mails already sent by SHRM A-Team members to Congress requesting their support for this critical legislation. Forty-two senators and 174 members of Congress have already agreed to cosponsor the legislation. Click HERE to contact your representatives in Congress TODAY!


 

 In Notice 2016-4, issued by the IRS on Dec. 28, the agency extended these due dates, which generally apply to employers with 50 or more full-time employees, including full-time equivalents:

 • For furnishing employees with the 2015 Form 1095-B (Health Coverage) and Form 1095-C (Employer Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage), the deadline is extended from Feb. 1, 2016, to March 31, 2016.

• For filing with the IRS the 2015 Form 1094-B (Transmittal of Health Coverage Information Returns), Form 1095-B, Form 1094-C (Transmittal of Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage Information Returns) and Form 1095-C, the deadline is extended from Feb. 29, 2016, to May 31, 2016 if not filing electronically, and from March 31, 2016, to June 30, 2016 if filing electronically. Any employer filing 250 or more forms must do so electronically.

IRS Extends Due Dates for ACA Reporting
Employers subject to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) information reporting requirements now have extra time to give these forms to employees and to file them with the government. In Notice 2016-4, issued by the IRS on Dec. 28, the agency extended the information reporting due dates.


 

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