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A-Team Update:Federal Legislative Event
Tomorrow, July 24, SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. will testify before a House Education and Workforce Subcommittee on H.R. 4219, the Workflex in the 21stCentury Act, sponsored by Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA).
This is legislation that SHRM and its members helped develop and tomorrow's hearing marks an important step forward in the legislative process. Visit SHRM's workflex action center at
To date, thousands of SHRM and A-Team members have voiced their support for H.R. 4219, including in-person meetings on Capitol Hill for SHRM Advocacy Days during the Volunteer Leader Summit and the Employment Law and Legislative Conference, a letter writing campaign through,and through social media (#Workflexbill). Additionally, 48 SHRM State Councils and 170 SHRM Chapters signed on to a forthcoming letter of support for the bill.
At 10:00 am ET Tuesday, you can find a live stream of the hearing here.Fellow members of the SHRM A-Team and SHRM summer interns will be on Capitol Hill attending the hearing live.
HOW TO ADVOCATE FOR "Workflex in the 21stCentury Act" THIS WEEK:
  • SHRM A-Team:We invite you to join the conversation virtually tomorrow, July 24 (10:00 am ET) through the live stream.
  • Voice your support on social mediausing #Workflexbill (Twitter, Facebook).Tweet your lawmaker or post on Facebook through SHRM's action center:
  • On Instagram? SHRM A-Team advocate Alice Kilborn Riethman from Virginia will be taking over SHRM's Instagram account to showcase her experience attending the hearing in-person with fellow A-Team advocates. Follow the fun tomorrow, July 24!
  • Check Out "I Support #Workflexbill" Videos on SHRM's YouTube channelView video testimonials filmed by your fellow A-Team advocates throughout the week.
  • E-mail Your Representative in support of H.R. 4219 using SHRM's Policy Action Center by following these fast and easy steps:
    • Fill out your contact information (be sure to enter your home mailing address since the system will correctly match you to your federal congressional district).
    • Personalize the template email language to include your message with your own story.
    • Click "Submit."
Issue Background:
H.R. 4219 embodies a key SHRM principle: a workplace flexibility public policy must meet the needs ofbothemployers and employees. The bill would amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to allow employers theoptionof offering an ERISA-covered plan that includes a federal minimum standard of paid leave and flexible work options, such as telework, compressed work weeks or flexible scheduling. This new ERISA plan would pre-empt state and local paid sick leave laws and other requirements, allowing participating employers to follow a federal framework for paid leave and workflex options, as opposed to the complex, conflicting patchwork of state and local laws.
Visit our workflex action center to take other actions, as well as access additional talking points, additional resources and background information on this workflex campaign.
Thanks in advance for joining the conversation on workplace flexibility this week!Your efforts today, along with the efforts of your HR peers across the country, will help to amplify our collective voices on Capitol Hill and move the needle on this critical legislative issue impacting the workplace.















Winston-Salem SHRM Receives Prestigious SHRM Award for Advancing the HR Profession



WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. May 17, 2018 — The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) recently awarded Winston-Salem SHRM Chapter prestigious EXCEL Platinum Award for the Winston-Salem SHRM accomplishments in 2017.


The award aligns individual chapters’ and state councils’ activities with SHRM’s aspirations for the HR profession. The award recognizes accomplishments and strategic activities and initiatives that enhance the human resource profession.


“SHRM exists because of our great chapters and state councils like Winston-Salem SHRM which work tirelessly to help advance the important mission of the HR profession through initiatives that support our future, build inclusive organizations and focus on workplace readiness,” said Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, president and chief executive officer of SHRM. “Recognizing you as a recipient of this prestigious award is just one way to show that SHRM supports you and that we are by your side step by step as we move Together Forward.”


The EXCEL Award can be earned at four levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Each level has a prescribed set of requirements and accomplishments that must be met. Winston-Salem SHRM will receive recognition in SHRM publications and at conferences, a logo to display on its website, and information to share with its members about the significance of this award.


For more information about Winston-Salem SHRM, visit


About the Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates. Visit us at and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @SHRMPress. 

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