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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.

 

  • October-November 2019 Government Affairs Update

    Nov 27, 2019

    Against the drama of the impeachment inquiry, Congress continued debating legislation and wrangling over budgets. A stop-gap spending bill signed one week before Thanksgiving enables them to continue doing so for another month.

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  • IPMA-HR Supports Proposed Revisions to FMLA Forms

    Oct 07, 2019

    While public sector HR managers consider the updated forms to be improvements, they did suggest tweaks and ask for a fitness for duty form doctors and employees could use to document the ability to return to work.

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  • September 2019 Government Affairs Update

    Oct 01, 2019

    Changes to programs and policies of everyday importance to public sector human resources professionals continue being made just beneath the turmoil roiling Washington, D.C. All federal agencies will continue operating until at least mid-November, and the Supreme Court is set to rule whether LGBT employees have Title VII protections against discrimination. The updated federal overtime rule finally got published, and an official opinion on how to calculate overtime for dual police-firefighter employees exists.

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  • July-August 2019 Government Affairs Update

    Aug 04, 2019

    Before Congress went on recess until after Labor Day, U.S. representatives and senators reached a two-year budget deal and advanced legislation to eliminate the so-called Cadillac Tax on generous employer-sponsored health insurance plans. House Democrats also succeeded in passing a federal minimum wage increase. For its part, IPMA-HR asked lawmakers to abandon plans to require collective bargaining for public sector employees.

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  • IPMA-HR: Federal Requirements for Collective Bargaining Could Disrupt Local Public Safety Operations

    Jul 09, 2019

    The Association submitted written comments to a U.S. House subcommittee whose members are considering two bills that would require collective bargaining for public sector employees in nearly all localities.

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  • June 2019 Government Affairs Update

    Jun 23, 2019

    This month, the Association joined several public sector groups in asking for revisions to the updated regular rate rule and took note of a Supreme Court decision that will change how employers respond to Title VII lawsuits. Developing national stories include proposals to raise the federal minimum wage and to strengthen protections against age discrimination in employment.

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  • IPMA-HR Submits Comments on Proposed FLSA Regular Rate Regulations

    Jun 18, 2019

    Specific issues addressed in the comments include cash payments made in lieu of receiving health insurance, holiday-in-lieu pay, sick leave incentive pay, and negotiability of rates.

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  • May 2019 Government Affairs Update

    May 25, 2019

    May 2019 saw IPMA-HR and partner associations recommend tweaks to the new federal overtime eligibility rule and advocate for reauthorization of tax-exempt municipal bonds. Also over the course of the month, U.S. House members passed bills intended to extend antidiscrimination protections for sexual orientation and gender identity, strengthen the Affordable Care Act and make it harder for brand-name drug makers to maintain monopoly pricing. The fates of these legislative proposals in the Republican-led Senate are unclear.

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  • IPMA-HR Supports Raising Overtime Salary Basis Threshold

    May 20, 2019

    The International City/County Management Association and the Government Finance Officers Association believe setting the salary threshold at $35,308 makes sense for most employers and employees.

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  • April 2019 Government Affairs Update

    Apr 27, 2019

    Since the last Government Affairs Update, the U.S. Department of Labor proposed updated rules for calculating an employee’s regular rate of pay and for determining when a joint employer arrangement exists. Congressional Republicans submitted their paid family leave bill, which differs markedly from the Democrats’ proposal, and the Supreme Court took several steps closer to answering questions regarding the scope of the prohibition on sex-based discrimination under Title VII. Last, the Affordable Care Act took another blow when the Trump administration issued a formal declaration that it would no longer defend any part of the law in court.

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  • March 2019 Government Affairs Update

    Mar 24, 2019

    Members of the 116th Congress and federal rule-makers had a busy first quarter of 2019. This longer-than-most recap of national developments in human resources policy details proposed changes to the salary threshold for overtime eligibility and clarifications on reporting and tracking FMLA leave. It also offers overviews of legislation that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes for hiring and employment, mandate paid family leave and paid sick leave, guarantee collective bargaining rights for public safety employees, ban salary history questions and raise the minimum wage.

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  • IPMA-HR, Others Ask SCOTUS to Not Let Title VII Claims Go Straight to Court

    Mar 19, 2019

    Justices are scheduled to hear oral arguments in Fort Bend County, Texas v. Davis on April 22.

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  • February 2019 Government Affairs Update

    Feb 23, 2019

    With the U.S. government no longer threatened by FY2019 shutdowns, Democrats in Congress have turned some of their focus to the wage and labor reforms they promised during their 2018 election campaigns. Currently under consideration in the House of Representatives and the Senate are the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, the Paycheck Fairness Act and the Raise the Wage Act of 2019. Another piece of proposed legislation that merits particular attention is the Stop STUPIDITY Act, which would prevent future budget fights from furloughing federal employees or forcing feds to work without pay.

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  • IPMA-HR Supports Bill to Prevent Federal Government Shutdowns

    Feb 12, 2019

    If passed, the Stop STUPIDITY Act, would keep federal agencies and departments operating on an automatic continuing resolution but halt funding for Congress and the Executive Office of the President until a new budget is adopted.

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  • January 2019 Government Affairs Update

    Jan 30, 2019

    The first month of the new year saw the end of the longest federal government shutdown in U.S. history, the threat of a new shutdown over Donald Trump's demand for new permanent barriers along the southern border and a push by senators from both sides of the aisle to head off future shutdowns. Against that backdrop, Congress is considering a $15 minimum wage, OMB is considering new overtime eligibility rules, and the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider procedural rules for employment discrimination lawsuits.

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  • November 2018 Government Affairs Update

    Dec 01, 2018

    Democrats regaining control of the U.S. House of Representatives promises action on health care, paid family leave, the minimum wage and the DREAM Act. Republicans maintaining control of the Senate promises a tough road for any legislation. Against that drama from the midterm elections, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all government employers must comply with the ADEA regardless of size, and privately owned fire departments were denied an exemption from overtime rules.

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  • IPMA-HR Executive Director Attends 2018 Global Public HR Conference in Seoul

    Nov 26, 2018

    IPMA-HR Executive Director Neil Reichenberg attended the 2018 Global Public HR Conference in Seoul, South Korea, where he presented his paper: "Leveraging HR Technology to Build the 21st Century Public Service." Download the PDF to read the paper.

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  • September 2018 Government Affairs Update

    Sep 21, 2018

    Late August and early September 2018 were busy times for setting policies and making rules that affect public sector human resources. Guidance was issued and is coming on paying employees for wellness program participation and on whether to pay overtime for doing work email after going home for the day. Competing paid family leave bills received attention in Congress, which also agreed to keep the federal government operating through the first week of December regardless of what else happens with spending bills. Last, two federal district courts are explicitly considering the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

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  • July 2018 Government Affairs Update

    Jul 20, 2018

    In wake of the Janus decision, public employee unions face growing numbers of lawsuits from nonmembers who paid agency, or fair share, fees and now demand refunds. Public pensions also face a new threat from federal Republican lawmakers. On more positive notes, several states are taking steps to protect government workers’ access to union representation, Democrats in Congress are pushing legislation to guarantee collective bargaining rights for federal and public safety employees, and bipartisan efforts in the Senate offer promise for increasing the availability of paid family leave for all Americans.

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  • June 2018 Government Affairs Update

    Jun 29, 2018

    Major U.S. Supreme Court decisions promise broad changes for the operation of public employee unions and the collection of state and local sales taxes. Additionally, ongoing lawsuits could significantly affect religious rights, employment protections for LGBT individuals and health insurance coverage for people with preexisting medical conditions. Last, a U.S. congressman is working to reintroduce a bill that has the potential to make administering government employee pension plans more difficult.

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