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Wisconsin SHRM Council’s second ‘Day on the Hill’ opens dialogue with state legislators
Katie Walk, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Director, Wisconsin State Council SHRM
Wisconsin SHRM Council’s second ‘Day on the Hill’ opens dialogue with state legislators
Human resource professionals from across the state gather at the capitol to meet with lawmakers
Madison, Wis. (April 6, 2016) – On Wednesday, April 6, members of the Wisconsin Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) organized and attended a ‘Day on the Hill’ event, with nearly 50 human resource (HR) professionals meeting with state legislators.
Members of SHRM met with state legislators individually to discuss future partnerships in workforce planning and employment-related legislation. After meeting with a total of 20 Senate and 28 Assembly legislative representatives, SHRM members are optimistic about ongoing dialogue about essential workforce issues, including family and medical leave and workers’ compensation.
“This event is great for human resources professionals to get involved in. It gives HR a chance to be on the front line and advocate for changes that will positively affect our profession and businesses” said Elise Rommes, Legislative Affairs Director for Wisconsin SHRM. “This contrasts going to a seminar and hearing about what’s changed; you’re trying to make an impact on what’s changing before you hear about it in a seminar. I’m looking forward to seeing this event grow each year.”
The morning of this daylong event included a legal overview of employment law with Attorney Bob Gregg, the Wisconsin SHRM Legislative Sponsor; a discussion with BJ Dernbach, DWD Division Administrator and Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell regarding the many tools and resources the Department of Workforce Development has to offer; and a presentation by Chris Reader of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce on SHRM’s advocacy efforts to combine state and federal FMLA laws and regulations.  The morning ended with a Legislative Panel Discussion with representatives Dan Knodl, Mike Rohrkaste, and John Spiros to provide the opportunity to discuss current and upcoming employment related legislation that will have an impact on workplaces in our state.
The day also included training and education on engaging with legislatures on Wisconsin SHRM’s behalf.
To learn more about the Wisconsin SHRM Council and its advocacy positions, visit www.wishrm.org.
About the Wisconsin State Council Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
The Wisconsin State Council Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shares expertise and facilitates thought leadership to advance human resources professionals throughout the state of Wisconsin. Made up of 25 core council members and 19 chapter presidents, the Wisconsin State Council SHRM strives to connect and strengthen all local SHRM chapters and its members through development opportunities and shared information and resources on local, statewide and national levels. Supported by the national Society for Human Resource Management, the Wisconsin State Council SHRM promotes the value of the HR profession. To learn more, visit www.wishrm.org

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