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.

 

  • Supreme Court Rules in Pregnancy Discrimination Case

    Mar 25, 2015

    In a 6 to 3 case, the Supreme Court, in Young v. United Parcel Service (UPS), ruled against UPS and remanded the case back to the 4th Circuit for resolution, under the pregnancy discrimination standard announced by the court. Justice Breyer writing for the court said “a plaintiff alleging that the denial of an accommodation constituted disparate treatment under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act’s second clause may make out a prima facie case by showing … that she belongs to the protected class, that she sought accommodation, that the employer did not accommodate her, and that the employer did accommodate others "similar in their ability or inability to work.”

    • Government Affairs
    • Supreme Court Cases
  • Representative Walberg Introduces Criminal Background Checks Legislation

    Mar 25, 2015

    On January 17th, the Certainty in Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 548) was introduced by House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Chairman Walberg (R-MN-07).

    • Government Affairs
    • Washington Updates
  • Legislation Introduced to Preserve Wellness Programs

    Mar 24, 2015

    Senate Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Alexander (R-TN) and House Education and Workforce Committee Chairman Kline (R-MN-02) have introduced the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act (S.620/H.R. 1189).

    • Government Affairs
    • Washington Updates
    • Healthcare Issues
  • EEOC Sends Proposed Rule on Employee Wellness Programs to OMB

    Mar 20, 2015

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) its proposed regulations for employer sponsored wellness programs designed under the ACA.

    • Government Affairs
    • Washington Updates
    • Healthcare Issues
  • Proposed Update to Overtime Regulations Delayed

    Mar 18, 2015

    In March 2014, President Obama asked the Department of Labor (DOL) to modernize the regulations governing overtime exemptions to expand the number of employees who receive overtime.

    • Government Affairs
    • Washington Updates
  • Supreme Court Rules Unanimously in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association Case

    Mar 09, 2015

    The Supreme Court ruled unanimously in the case of Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association that federal agencies do not have to engage in notice-and-comment rulemaking when substantially changing an interpretative rule. Writing for the Court, Justice Sotomayor stated that “because an agency is not required to use notice-and-comment procedures to issue an initial interpretive rule, it is also not required to use those procedures when it amends or repeals that interpretive rule.” IPMA-HR joined with other state and local governments in an amicus curiae  brief that agreed with the lower court that that significant changes to an interpretation of an agency’s regulation amounts to effectively changing the regulation, which requires notice-and-comment rulemaking.

    • Government Affairs
    • Supreme Court Cases
  • Supreme Court Hears ACA Subsidies Challenge

    Mar 06, 2015

    The Supreme Court will decide in King v. Burwell  whether subsidies provided under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can be provided to those who obtained health insurance through the federal exchange.

    • Government Affairs
    • Supreme Court Cases
  • IRS and Treasury Propose Excise Tax Regulations

    Mar 04, 2015

    In preparation for the Affordable Care Act's excise tax, that’s scheduled to begin to go into effect in 2018, the IRS and Treasury Department have asked for comments on their proposed regulations  for administering the tax. The excise tax would be up to 40% and applies to certain “luxury” employer sponsored health plans.


    • Government Affairs
    • Washington Updates
    • Healthcare Issues
  • Representative Guinta Introduces Legislation to Repeal the Excise Tax

    Feb 11, 2015

    Representative Guinta (R-NH-01) introduced the Ax the Tax on Middle Class Americans’ Health Plans Act (H.R. 879).

    • Government Affairs
    • Washington Updates
    • Healthcare Issues
  • House Passes 40 Hours is Full Time Legislation

    Jan 09, 2015

    On January 6th, Senator Collins (R-ME) introduced the Forty Hours is Full Time Act of 2015 (S. 30).

    • Government Affairs
    • Washington Updates
    • Healthcare Issues
  • U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Employers in Security Clearance Case Involving Fair Labor Standards Act

    Dec 22, 2014

    In a positive decision for employers, the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously in the case of Integrity Staffing Solutions v. Busk that the time employees spent at the end of a shift waiting to undergo a security screening was not compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). 

    • Government Affairs
    • Supreme Court Cases
    • News & Media
  • IPMA-HR Joins Coalition to File Amicus Brief with Supreme Court in Department of Labor Case Against the Mortgage Bankers Association

    Oct 26, 2014

    IPMA-HR joined with several other state and local government associations in filing an amicus curiae brief in the case of Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association, which will be decided by the United States Supreme Court. The case raises the issue as to whether a federal agency must engage in notice-and-comment rulemaking pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) before it can significantly alter an interpretive rule that interprets an agency regulation.  The amicus brief agrees with the lower court that significant changes to an interpretation of a regulation amount to effectively changing the regulation, which requires notice-and-comment.

    • Government Affairs
    • Supreme Court Cases
  • IRS issues final regulations implementing the play-or-pay mandate under the PPACA

    Feb 24, 2014

    Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issues final regulations implementing the employer shared responsibility provisions (otherwise known as the play-or-pay mandate) under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)

    • Government Affairs
    • Healthcare Issues