Presentation on theme: "HR Public Policy Outlook for the Final Months of the112th Congress “It’s Crunch Time!” Michael Layman and Bob Carragher July 25, 2012."— Presentation transcript:
HR Public Policy Outlook for the Final Months of the112th Congress “It’s Crunch Time!” Michael Layman and Bob Carragher July 25, 2012
HR Public Policy / Washington Outlook 2 Presidential Job Approval Ratings July of Fourth Year Gallup November 2012 Election
HR Public Policy / Washington Outlook 3 Congressional Productivity The 112th Congress — this Congress — is the last bar on the right.
HR Public Policy / Washington Outlook 4 Not All Spending Is Created Equal Mandatory Spending Is Consuming More and More of the Budget Source: Financial Management Service Bureau of the United States Department of Treasury; Congressional Budget Office Historical Budget Data, Total 2011 Spending – $3.598 Trillion Projected Spending $700 $227 $646 $725 $480 $275 $545 In Billions * ** In Trillions $6 $4 $2
HR Public Policy / Washington Outlook 5 Health Care Reform Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on June 28, 2012 Implementing regulations are being promulgated Efforts to “repeal and replace” will continue regardless of who controls Congress or the Administration In 2013, a Romney Administration and as few as 50 Senate votes could repeal any budgetary provision through budget reconciliation Public Policy Agenda 2012
HR Public Policy / Washington Outlook 6 Health Care Reform
HR Public Policy / Washington Outlook 7 Taxes and Benefits Fiscal Cliff Bush tax cuts expire – December 31, 2012 Statutory spending caps – Sequestration – January 2013 through 2021 Debt limit increase – Jan/Feb 2013 Public Policy Agenda 2012
HR Public Policy / Washington Outlook 8 Introduced by Representatives Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Richard Neal (D-MA) in March 2012 The legislation would extend and make permanent Internal Revenue Code Section 127, which allows an employer to provide up to $5,250 per year tax-free in tuition, fees, and books to employees for courses on the undergraduate and graduate levels Currently, Section 127 is set to expire on December 31, 2012 SHRM is the co-chair of the Coalition to Preserve Employer Provided Educational Assistance Employee Educational Assistance Act of 2012 (H.R.4137)
HR Public Policy / Washington Outlook 9 Employment Verification Federal government’s voluntary employment verification program, E- Verify, expires on October 1, 2012 Public Policy Agenda 2012
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HR Public Policy / Washington Outlook 12 Republican & Democratic Conventions
HR Public Policy / Washington Outlook 13 As of today, only 6 states and the District of Columbia remain in session – California, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Looking back, it’s been a pretty quiet year in the states too – unlike the previous 2 years. Legislation mandating the use of E-Verify (Pennsylvania), curbing the use of Credit Checks (Vermont becomes the 8 th state to enact limitations), dealing with Right-to-Work (Indiana), and allowing employees to store Weapons at Work in their vehicles parked on company property have become law. The hot HR topic for 2012 – restricting employer access to Social Media Passwords from applicants/employees. Maryland became the first state to enact a law (Illinois, California, and possibly others likely to follow suit) State Legislative Issues Snapshot
HR Public Policy / Washington Outlook 14 Plan for the Remainder of 2012 I will be reaching out to the State Legislative Directors in those 6 states to see if they would be interested in advocating on 1 or more of the bills pending before their legislatures relating to the HR topic areas we track. To date, we’ve assisted 8 state councils in advocating in 13 issues on the state level this year.
HR Public Policy / Washington Outlook 15 Bob Carragher Government Affairs Michael Layman Government Affairs