Government Relations News

IPMA-HR’s government affairs and advocacy program has a long history of promoting public-sector employment and professionalism by supporting legislation, regulations and judicial decisions that foster a strong public sector workforce.

IPMA-HR Philosophy: To support laws that enhance public employment and assist public sector HR in accomplishing their goals. To oppose legislation that has a negative impact on public employment and public budgets.

 

  • Federal FY2022 Budget Proposal Calls for Large Spending Increases on State, Local Government Priorities

    Jun 08, 2021

    The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2022 comes with a total price tag of $6 trillion. If approved, much of the money would actually be spent over the following decade on projects long prioritized by state, local and tribal governments.

    • Articles
    • In the News
    • Government Affairs
    • News & Media
  • Towns, Villages and Other Small Municipalities Can Now Request Coronavirus Recovery Funds

    May 25, 2021

    The U.S. Treasury is accepting applications from nonentitlement units of local government (NEUs) for allocations from the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund.

    • Articles
    • In the News
    • Government Affairs
    • News & Media
  • Biden’s American Families Plan Proposes National Paid Family Leave Program

    Apr 29, 2021

    According to the White House, the plan introduces, amongst other things, a national paid family and medical leave program providing partial wages for 12-weeks to workers taking time off to care for themselves or a loved one.

    • Government Affairs
    • Articles
  • US Treasury Releases Guidance for State & Local Governments to Prepare for ARP Recovery Funds

    Apr 16, 2021

    On April 15, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released guidance for State, Local, and Tribal governments on immediate steps to take in preparation to receive Recovery Funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.

    • Government Affairs
    • Articles
  • Congress Passes $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Package

    Mar 10, 2021

    The American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion relief package, was passed by Congress on Wednesday. It is expected to be signed into law by President Biden on Friday March 12, 2021. The bill allocates funds for vaccines, schools, families, small businesses, and public sector agencies providing economic relief to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Government Affairs
    • Articles
  • IPMA-HR Joins 300 Organizations in Letter to Congress

    Feb 17, 2021

    On February 12, IPMA-HR joined 300 groups in submitting a letter to members of Congress calling on them to provide $350 billion in flexible aid for states, cities, counties, tribes, and territories.

    • Advocacy
    • Government Affairs
    • Articles
  • Biden Administration, Congress Move to Raise Federal Minimum Wage

    Feb 01, 2021

    Presidential action could result in hourly raises for some people by this summer, but the prospects for bills to achieve a $15.hour standard by 2025 that have been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate remain unclear.

    • Articles
    • In the News
    • Government Affairs
    • News & Media
  • Democrats’ Control of U.S. Senate Could Be Meaningful for the Public Sector

    Jan 25, 2021

    Several new and long-blocked pieces of legislation aimed at curbing the COVID-19 pandemic, raising the federal minimum wage, strengthening unions and prohibiting discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation could pass.

    • Articles
    • In the News
    • Government Affairs
    • News & Media
  • Biden Administration’s First Actions

    Jan 21, 2021

    The first 100 days of the Biden Administration begin today with actions that may impact the Public Sector Workforce.

    • In the News
    • Government Affairs
    • Articles
  • What’s in Biden’s Proposed COVID-19 Relief Plan for State and Local Governments

    Jan 15, 2021

    Direct aid to states and localities is once again omitted from the what the president-elect is calling his American Rescue Plan, but implementing several of Biden’s ideas would put money at the disposal of governors and local elected officials.

    • Articles
    • In the News
    • Government Affairs
    • News & Media
  • DOL Publishes Final Rule on Classifying Independent Contractors

    Jan 08, 2021

    An introductory section of the rule that takes effect in early March 2021 explains that it should be read as guidance on how to apply and weight the five main factors of the economic realities test for classifying someone as an independent contractor.

    • Articles
    • In the News
    • Government Affairs
    • News & Media
    • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • What the 2021 U.S. Budget Means for Public Sector Workers

    Dec 23, 2020

    The $1.4 trillion spending package passed by the House and Senate on Dec. 21, 2020, includes provisions for federal pay raises, paying back deferred payroll taxes and extending tax breaks for employer-sponsored paid COVID leave.

    • Government Affairs
    • In the News
    • News & Media
  • Direct Assistance to States, Localities Left Out of Second Federal COVID-19 Relief Package

    Dec 21, 2020

    Indirect aid to localities is coming through programs that support reopening public schools and which fund vaccination efforts.

    • Government Affairs
    • In the News
    • News & Media
  • Tell the Labor Department What You Know About Paid and FMLA Leave

    Jul 21, 2020

    The U.S. Department of Labor issued separate Requests for Information (RFI) on state- and employer paid leave and on Family and Medical Leave Act leave. Anyone with knowledge about leave policies and FMLA processes is invited to share their insights and experiences.

    • Government Affairs
    • In the News
    • News & Media
  • What Must Be Included in the Regular Rate of Pay When Calculating Overtime Payments

    Apr 18, 2020

    The U.S. Department of Labor on March 26, 2020, issued three letters concerning what must be included in the regular rate of pay when calculating overtime payments. Click a header to read the full text of each letter.

    • Government Affairs
    • Washington Updates
  • April 2020 Government Affairs Update

    Apr 18, 2020

    Federal legislation to respond to the coronavirus crisis has generated reams of new rules for granting emergency leave, handling payroll taxes and complying with disability discrimination laws. All those come as employers continue adapting to the revised overtime and regular rate regulations that took effect at the start of 2020.

    • Government Affairs
    • Washington Updates
  • February-March 2020 Government Affairs Update

    Mar 23, 2020

    The second coronavirus response law mandates emergency paid sick and expands family leave eligibility. Before the COVID-19 pandemic refocused all efforts in Washington, D.C., members of Congress considered more general paid leave legislation, and the U.S. Supreme Court once more took up the question of whether the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.

    • Government Affairs
    • Washington Updates
  • An Overview of the Employment Provisions of the Family First Coronavirus Response Act

    Mar 19, 2020

    The law expands Family and Medical Leave Act eligibility and make emergency paid sick leave available to some workers. IPMA-HR has raised concerns with congressional leaders over the fact that public sector employers will not receive payroll tax credits for paying employees who take emergency leave.

    • Government Affairs
    • Advocacy
  • December 2019-January 2020 Government Affairs Update

    Jan 21, 2020

    Impeachment drama did not stop Congress and the White House from reaching a budget agreement to fund the U.S. government through the 2020 fiscal year or prevent House Democrats from continuing to pass legislation aimed at protecting workers from discrimination. In other news, the Affordable Care Act remains in danger of being completely invalidated, and the U.S. Department of Labor has issued updated rules for calculating an employee’s regular rate of pay and for determining joint employment status.

    • Government Affairs
  • New Regular Rate Rule Takes Effect Early in 2020

    Dec 14, 2019

    The revisions, which become enforceable on Jan. 15, 2020, clarify how employers should account for the costs of things like leave, benefits, reimbursements and bonuses while calculating a nonexempt employee’s regular rate of pay.

    • Government Affairs
    • In the News
    • Industry News
    • News & Media