ADVOCATING TO MAKE WORK, WORKERS AND THE WORKPLACE BETTER

"With Congress and many state houses addressing workplace issues, there is an opportunity to unite diverse voices on national policies that influence modern workplaces and impact the 115 million Americans represented by SHRM’s 300,000 plus members."


Emily M. Dickens,
SHRM Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff

Elevate your voice with policymakers on issues that impact your workplace.

LET’S MAKE WORK BETTER BY JOINING THE HEALTH CARE CONVERSATION.

As the cost of health care continues to rise, employers are keeping a close eye on the benefits they provide to ensure their health and wellness offerings meet the demands of today’s workforce.

STRONG WORKPLACES FOSTER CULTURES WHERE BOTH EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES THRIVE TOGETHER.

There are more than 7 million jobs available right now and only 6 million unemployed people to fill them, an indication of a growing skills gap and people shortage.

More than 80% of HR professionals report challenges recruiting suitable job candidates in the past year.

To help close the skills gap and improve individual prosperity, employers should adopt practices and policies that support effort to hire, educate and train individuals for the modern workplace.


SHRM supports:

  • Work-based Learning: Policies that foster and expand work-based learning opportunities, including apprenticeships and skills-based hiring.

  • Accessing Untapped Talent: Initiatives that promote hiring from under utilized talent pools, such as the formerly incarcerated, older workers, individuals with disabilities and veterans.

Workforce Development

SHRM believes that the United States must have a 21st Century workplace flexibility policy that works for employers and employees alike, helping them meet work-life and organizational needs. 

To help close the skills gap and improve individual prosperity, employers should adopt practices and policies that support effort to hire, educate and train individuals for the modern workplace.


SHRM supports:

  • Voluntary Leave: Encouraging employers to voluntarily offer paid leave and flexible work options to their employees.

  • No Mandates: Government mandates limit employer flexibility. Public Policy should accommodate varying work environments, employee representation, industries and organizational size.

  • Federal Framework: Public policies that provide employers with certainty and predictability through a voluntary federal framework rather than a fragmented patchwork of state and local laws.

Workplace Flexibility and Leave

Harassment of any kind has no place at work and people deserve to be treated fairly. Positive workplace cultures discourage harassment and discrimination and promote pay decisions based on bona fide business factors. 

To help close the skills gap and improve individual prosperity, employers should adopt practices and policies that support effort to hire, educate and train individuals for the modern workplace.


SHRM supports:

  • Workplace Culture: Urging employers to foster healthy workplace cultures. Strong anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies are important, but culture is key to prevention.

  • Transparency: Encouraging employers to have discussions about pay expectations and to share with their employees information on how pay decisions are made.

  • Pay Audits: Public policies that incentivize employers to proactively conduct self-evaluations of pay and correct improper disparities in compensation.

Workplace Equity

The U.S. needs a modern workplace immigration system that allows employers to access top global talent while protecting workers.

To help close the skills gap and improve individual prosperity, employers should adopt practices and policies that support effort to hire, educate and train individuals for the modern workplace.


SHRM advocates for:

  • Access to Talent: Policies that ensure employers have access to visas to recruit, hire, transfer and retain top talent, especially those educated and trained in the US.

  • Employment Verification: One reliable, entirely electronic employment verification system that integrates the Form I-9, provides users a good faith defense and is only for new hires.

  • Pre-Certified Employers: A “Trusted Employer” program to create efficiencies for employees, employers and government.

Workplace Immigration

Now is the time for employers and HR to advocate on all matters work.

What do policymakers need to focus on to create better workplaces for 

a better world?

Let us know: #WeAreWork

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