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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.

 

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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