Note** This article originally is appearing in our newsletter, but with additional content and links below.
Who has ideas that could make their workplaces better or more competitive? I’m looking at you HR! Ok, what have we done to make that difference? I know we’re busy – we all have so many obligations. And then there’s the fact that we’re each just one voice. But why not you? Who else is going to stand up and voice their concerns and make a change? We can be that change. SHRM, under the guidance of its new CEO, has expressed its bold new purpose, which includes advocating for our profession.
In an effort to make it just a little bit easier, over the next couple months when we return to programming, we’re going to try to bring local and state legislators to our meetings. We want you to have a chance to meet them and hear from them about what workplace issues are important. You can choose to engage at the meeting, or subsequently, or it may impact your choice as you head to the ballots in November. Either way, we think this is a positive step in the direction of advocating for the HR profession and we’re excited to offer this opportunity.
As we look toward November, there are 2 important issues that Wisconsin SHRM has been advocating for recently, including remedying the conflict between federal and state FMLA, and getting a medical fee schedule for workers’ compensation medical claims. On a federal level, SHRM’s position on nearly any workplace topic impacting employees can be found in their issue guide here.
SHRM has made educating yourself about the candidates running this fall even easier. Check out the A-team’s election webpage here. By simply typing in your zip code, you can find all the parties running for the Senate and House in your area, as well as our Governor race, and our state senate and assembly candidates.
For example, did you know there is a primary on August 14, 2018, to narrow the Republican candidates running for the seat occupied by Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) in the Senate presently? Ms. Baldwin will also run, but without any other Democratic challengers. You can learn more about the 5 Republican candidates from the SHRM A-team tool, above.
Let’s make our voices heard!