Public Sector HR News

  • Prior to COVID-19, More Women in the Workforce than Ever Before

    Jul 01, 2021

    Before the pandemic, women’s employment and earnings were improving nationwide. The institute’s data from 2019 indicates that more women were in the workforce than ever before, the gender wage gap had narrowed, and women continued to enter managerial and professional occupations at a growing rate. 

    • Articles
  • HR News July 2021 Featured Article: 5 Interactive Tools to Make Your Financial Wellness Program a Slam Dunk

    Jul 01, 2021

    All of the publicly available reports, infographics, booklets and interactive forms and worksheets are available for free to any HR director to adapt to their own workplace training situations.

    • Articles
    • In the News
    • News & Media
  • Federal FY2022 Budget Proposal Calls for Large Spending Increases on State, Local Government Priorities

    Jun 08, 2021

    The President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2022 comes with a total price tag of $6 trillion. If approved, much of the money would actually be spent over the following decade on projects long prioritized by state, local and tribal governments.

    • Articles
    • In the News
    • Government Affairs
    • News & Media
  • Hiring, Retention Challenges Highlighted in Latest State and Local Government Workforce Survey

    Jun 02, 2021

    The Center for State and Local Government Excellence at ICMA-RC surveyed members of IPMA-HR and the National Association of State Personnel Executives early in 2021, finding that recruiting and retaining workers is only getting harder at a time when the pandemic is accelerating retirement.

    • Articles
    • In the News
    • News & Media
  • HR News June 2021 Featured Article: Avoid a One-Size-Fits-All Plan for Recalling Workers to the Office

    Jun 01, 2021

    Employees developed four distinct outlooks toward working remotely: thriving, hopeful, discouraged and trapped. Only 16 percent of employees were thriving.

    • Articles
    • In the News
    • News & Media
  • Towns, Villages and Other Small Municipalities Can Now Request Coronavirus Recovery Funds

    May 25, 2021

    The U.S. Treasury is accepting applications from nonentitlement units of local government (NEUs) for allocations from the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund.

    • Articles
    • In the News
    • Government Affairs
    • News & Media
  • Biden’s American Families Plan Proposes National Paid Family Leave Program

    Apr 29, 2021

    According to the White House, the plan introduces, amongst other things, a national paid family and medical leave program providing partial wages for 12-weeks to workers taking time off to care for themselves or a loved one.

    • Government Affairs
    • Articles
  • US Treasury Releases Guidance for State & Local Governments to Prepare for ARP Recovery Funds

    Apr 16, 2021

    On April 15, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released guidance for State, Local, and Tribal governments on immediate steps to take in preparation to receive Recovery Funds from the American Rescue Plan Act.

    • Government Affairs
    • Articles
  • WHAT THE RESEARCH SHOWS: Mental Health and Public Sector HR

    Apr 01, 2021

    Citing the National Comorbidity Study, authors of the February 2010 Harvard Mental Health Letter noted nearly one in five employed Americans ages 15-54 had experienced symptoms of a mental health disorder in the previous month.

    • Articles
  • Statement from IPMA-HR Executive Director Cara Woodson Welch on Rising Violence Against the AAPI Community

    Mar 22, 2021

    IPMA-HR condemns the recent violent shootings in Atlanta, happening in the midst of rising violence and discrimination against members of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.

    • Articles
  • Congress Passes $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Relief Package

    Mar 10, 2021

    The American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion relief package, was passed by Congress on Wednesday. It is expected to be signed into law by President Biden on Friday March 12, 2021. The bill allocates funds for vaccines, schools, families, small businesses, and public sector agencies providing economic relief to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Government Affairs
    • Articles
  • IPMA-HR Joins 300 Organizations in Letter to Congress

    Feb 17, 2021

    On February 12, IPMA-HR joined 300 groups in submitting a letter to members of Congress calling on them to provide $350 billion in flexible aid for states, cities, counties, tribes, and territories.

    • Advocacy
    • Government Affairs
    • Articles
  • Statement from IPMA-HR Executive Director Cara Woodson Welch on Black History Month 2021

    Feb 05, 2021

    Celebrating Black History Month has taken on renewed importance. In the past year, many events occurred affirming that progress towards racial equity still needs to be made in this country.

    • Articles
  • Biden Administration, Congress Move to Raise Federal Minimum Wage

    Feb 01, 2021

    Presidential action could result in hourly raises for some people by this summer, but the prospects for bills to achieve a $15.hour standard by 2025 that have been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate remain unclear.

    • Articles
    • In the News
    • Government Affairs
    • News & Media
  • Democrats’ Control of U.S. Senate Could Be Meaningful for the Public Sector

    Jan 25, 2021

    Several new and long-blocked pieces of legislation aimed at curbing the COVID-19 pandemic, raising the federal minimum wage, strengthening unions and prohibiting discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation could pass.

    • Articles
    • In the News
    • Government Affairs
    • News & Media
  • Biden Administration’s First Actions

    Jan 21, 2021

    The first 100 days of the Biden Administration begin today with actions that may impact the Public Sector Workforce.

    • In the News
    • Government Affairs
    • Articles
  • What’s in Biden’s Proposed COVID-19 Relief Plan for State and Local Governments

    Jan 15, 2021

    Direct aid to states and localities is once again omitted from the what the president-elect is calling his American Rescue Plan, but implementing several of Biden’s ideas would put money at the disposal of governors and local elected officials.

    • Articles
    • In the News
    • Government Affairs
    • News & Media
  • DOL Publishes Final Rule on Classifying Independent Contractors

    Jan 08, 2021

    An introductory section of the rule that takes effect in early March 2021 explains that it should be read as guidance on how to apply and weight the five main factors of the economic realities test for classifying someone as an independent contractor.

    • Articles
    • In the News
    • Government Affairs
    • News & Media
    • Fair Labor Standards Act
  • When Will First Responders, Other Frontline Workers Receive COVID-19 Vaccines?

    Dec 21, 2020

    A CDC panel of immunology experts on Dec. 20, 2020, recommended that frontline essential workers” be among the next group of Americans to receive vaccinations against COVID-19.

    • Articles
    • In the News
    • News & Media
  • Press Release | Virtual HR 2020: Building A New Vision Together Reached Record-Breaking Attendance

    Oct 30, 2020

    IPMA-HR holds first virtual Annual Conference attracting more than 880 public sector HR professionals, setting a record as its largest event in over a decade.

    • Articles
    • Press Releases