IPMA-HR works for its members in Washington, advocating for rules and policies that benefit public sector HR practitioners.

Advocacy Work

When new policy issues arise, IPMA-HR staff and the membership determine the appropriate position for the association. Policy stances are published on our website and are made available in our publications. Many positions are long-standing.

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Members, please contact the government affairs office via email at gov@ipma-hr.org or via phone at (703) 549-7100 to share your views and obtain additional information.

Click on the links below for more information on recent activities of the organization.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

    • Government Affairs
    • Advocacy
  • 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.

    • Government Affairs
    • Washington Updates
  • 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.

    • Government Affairs
    • Washington Updates
  • IPMA-HR Supports Gender, Sexual Orientation Protections Under Title VII

    May 02, 2019

    An April 25, 2019, letter to Sen, Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) expresses the Association's support for his Equality Act (S. 1006), which would prohibit discrimination in employment based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

    • Advocacy
    • Washington Updates
  • 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.

    • Government Affairs
    • Washington Updates
  • 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.

    • Government Affairs
    • Advocacy
    • Supreme Court Cases
    • Washington Updates
  • Opinions Sought on Accounting for Nonexempt Employees’ Off-Hour Use of Electronic Communications

    Sep 21, 2018

    A Sept. 19, 2018, asks the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor to provide guidance to government agencies on how to account for “time spent outside of regularly scheduled work hours” by overtime-eligible employees doing things like texting with co-workers regarding work matters and checking work schedules, catching up with work-related emails.

    • Advocacy
  • April Government Affairs Summary

    Apr 19, 2018

    Updates: Federal Deficit, FLSA Supreme Court Decision, FMLA Leave, Travel Time, ACA Litigation, ADEA Amicus Brief 

    • Government Affairs
    • Washington Updates
  • March Government Affairs Summary

    Mar 23, 2018

    Federal Government Funding, FLSA Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program, Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Health Care Reform, and ADA Litigation.

    • Washington Updates
    • Government Affairs
  • February Government Affairs Update

    Feb 23, 2018

    Government Funding, Public Safety Mandatory Bargaining Bill, Health Care Reform, ACA Excise Tax, FLSA Opinion Letters, and Janus v. AFSCME.

    • Washington Updates
    • Government Affairs
  • IPMA-HR and IMLA Submit Comments on the Department of Labor's Proposed Rulemaking on Overtime Pay

    Sep 08, 2015

    On September 3, the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) and the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) submitted a second round of comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued on July 6, 2015 by the U.S. Department of Labor to amend the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulations implementing the exemption from minimum wage and overtime pay for executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employees. 

    • Press Releases
    • Government Affairs
    • News & Media
    • Advocacy
  • Supreme Court Preserves Tax Subsidies in Federal Exchanges

    Jun 25, 2015

    In a 6 to 3 opinion, in King v. Burwell, Chief Justice Roberts writing for the court stated that “the Act’s context and structure compel the conclusion that [the ACA] allows tax credits for insurance purchased on any Exchange created under the Act.”

    • Government Affairs
    • Washington Updates
    • Supreme Court Cases
    • News & Media
  • OMB Approves Changes to EEO-4 Form

    Jun 18, 2015

    The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has finally approved the revised EEO-4 Form that state and local governments need to complete to allow respondents to select more than one race and ethnicity. State and local governments will receive the new EEO-4 Form in mid-July when the survey opens.

    • Government Affairs
    • Washington Updates
    • News & Media
  • House Holds Hearing in Anticipation of New Overtime Rules

    Jun 11, 2015

    On June 10, 2015, the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing entitled “Reviewing the Rules and Regulations Implementing Federal Wage and Hour Standards.”

    • Government Affairs
    • Washington Updates
  • DOL Submits Proposed Overtime Regulations to OMB

    May 05, 2015

    Today, the Department of Labor (DOL) submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its proposed regulations to update the regulations governing overtime exemptions.

    • In the News
    • Government Affairs
    • Washington Updates
    • News & Media
  • Raise the Wage Act Introduced

    May 01, 2015

    On Thursday, April 30, 2015, Democratic leaders in both chambers introduced the Raise the Wage Act (S. 1150/H.R. 2150).

    • Government Affairs
    • Washington Updates