By Alissa Penney
As you might have noticed, I'm a bit of a legislation nerd. In another life, I almost pursued a degree in Political Science/Law! The jury is still out on whether or not my penchant for nerding out over boring topics is endearing or just silly!
With that said, I thought I'd provide some legal updates on legislation, bills, acts, resolutions, etc. that are on the docket for Congress each week. I do all of the heavy reading so you don't have to! It's fun for me and you don't have to sift through dry, jargon-heavy documents! Really, it's a win-win.
The good news is HR professionals had a lighter docket this past week in Congress, but there are still a few new developments that I thought were worth noting. Some laws, acts, and resolutions with new actions on them last week are:
H.R. 4852: GIVE Act, amendments to an act aimed at providing better information about post-secondary education resources to veterans. This could be a great help on the back end for states like Texas that have hiring initiatives aimed at veterans as well as for employers that actively partner with universities to sources qualified candidates.
H.R. 5374: Advanced Geothermal Research and Development Act, aimed at creating funding for qualifying organizations. If you're HR support for a qualifying organization, this could mean more bodies for you to recruit!
H.R. 561: Protecting Business Opportunities for Veterans act of 2019, information added to expand subcontracting services to small businesses owned by veterans especially those that are disadvantaged. This one has a huge impact for small companies looking to expand - it could mean more jobs for HR professionals as those companies continue to grow!
S. 3255: Nationwide Right to Unionize Act, would repeal the 1947 federal law which created right-to-work states, by mandating that all states allow compulsory union membership for workers. This is still in the first stage of the legislation process, so no need to panic if you're in a right to work state. It does have some support though, so I'll be keeping a close eye on it!
There are always more, so keep an eye out for more news next week!
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About the Author
Alissa Penney is the Owner and Lead HR Consultant of A Better HR, an HR consultation company focused on helping small, thinly stretched HR teams do Better work. She loves getting to learn about what makes other HR professionals passionate about the work they do and helping answer difficult HR questions! She’s also an HR for HR contributor and community steward for the Legal & Compliance and Wellbeing groups.