As Shutdown Looms, HR Leaders From All 50 States Head to the Hill. 

SHRM Chief of Staff & Head of Public Affairs Emily M. Dickens will lead the largest-ever advocacy effort at a critical moment for the country.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The federal government may shut down this weekend. SHRM members are descending on Washington to hold meetings about the impact it could have on American workplaces. They will also discuss the role artificial intelligence should have in how we do our jobs and the need to restore civility in the office ahead of a potentially polarizing election next year.

The visit is part of the SHRM Volunteer Leaders’ Business Meeting (VLBM), with nearly 750 of SHRM’s HR professionals across all 50 states taking part Thursday, Nov16.

“At a time when Congress is focused on the immediate issue of government funding, SHRM encourages leaders to model civility in the search for common ground, so they can pivot back to the critical workplace policy matters so central to the economic security of the nation, its workers, and their families,” said Emily M. Dickens, SHRM chief of staff and head of public affairs.

“HR professionals offer invaluable insights into how D.C. decisions or indecision impacts American workers.”

SHRM members will also specifically address some of the most pressing issues affecting workers and workplaces, including:

the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA);

the Asylum Seeker Work Authorization Act of 2023 (S.225);

the Eliminating Backlogs Act of 2023 (H.R. 1535);

and the Support the Fair Access for Individuals to Receive Leave Act (FAIR Leave Act).

During Hill Day, SHRM members aim to advance policy solutions on key workplace issues, including workforce development, workplace immigration, and workplace flexibility & leave.

Utilizing SHRM’s standing on the Hill, members play an influential role at this critical juncture and make a direct and lasting impact on the world of work.

For members of the media looking to engage with SHRM’s spokespeople on Capitol Hill, email for more information.

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