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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.

 

  • 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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  • May Government Affairs Summary

    May 24, 2018

    Updates: FLSA Overtime Regulations, Guaranteed Jobs Legislation, ADEA Exemption for Small Government Agencies, Equal Pay Act Rules, Asking for Reauthorization of Advance Refunding Municipal Bonds

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  • April Government Affairs Summary

    Apr 19, 2018

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • IPMA-HR Joins Amicus Brief in Fifth Amendment Case

    Dec 20, 2017

    The International Public Management Association for Human Resources joined an amicus brief filed by the State and Local Legal Center in a case (City of Hays, Kansas v. Matthew Jack Dwight Vogt, No. 16-1495) that has been accepted for review by the United States Supreme Court.

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  • This item is for members only: Fair Labor Standards Act Update - July 2017

    Jul 17, 2017

    The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) update covers several issues including:

    • The FLSA overtime regulations litigation.
    • The request for information on the FLSA overtime regulations issued by the Department of Labor.
    • The withdrawal of two Wage-Hour Administrator’s opinions that were issued in 2015 and 2016.
    • The Labor Department resuming the issuing of Wage and Hour Opinion letters.
    • The appeal of litigation concerning whether the payment of cash in lieu of benefits needs to be included when determining the FLSA regular rate for overtime calculations.

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  • 2017 Government Affairs Update

    Feb 24, 2017

     

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  • 2016 Senate OREA Endorsement Letter

    Oct 27, 2016

     

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  • IPMA-HR Joins Letter on Proposed FLSA Overtime Regulations

    Feb 15, 2016

    IPMA-HR joined with a number of state and local government, public schools and higher education associations to send a letter to all members of Congress expressing concerns with the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed changes to the exemptions to the Fair Labor Standard Act’s (FLSA) overtime pay requirements for executive, administrative and professional employees (the “white collar exemptions”). The letter, reproduced below, asks members of Congress to please contact the Department of Labor and the administration to request that they reconsider the rule and make adjustments.

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  • IPMA-HR Joins in an Amicus Curiae Brief in U.S. Supreme Court Case

    Jan 04, 2016

    IPMA-HR joined with seven other state and local government associations in filing an amicus curiae brief in the case of Heffernan v. City of Paterson, New Jersey, which is pending before the United States Supreme Court. The brief argues that a government employer’s perception that an employee has exercised his or her First Amendment rights cannot be the basis for a First Amendment retaliation lawsuit.

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  • IPMA-HR joins Don't Mess With Our Bonds Coalition Letter to Lawmakers

    Oct 21, 2015

     

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  • IPMA-HR Sends Letter in Support of Employee Wellness Programs

    Oct 21, 2015

     

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  • A Guide to Understanding the Excise Tax

    Oct 21, 2015

     

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