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Senior Executive Lookahead: Mental health and wellness will affect labor force participation and invite regulatory oversight

Now more than ever, employers are allocating more resources to address workplace mental health and wellness, especially in hybrid and remote-work environments. As with previous periods of economic dislocation, workers may drop out of the labor force entirely. This time, mental health and addiction are poised to drive disability claims and increase scrutiny of health […]

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Senior Executive Lookahead: Employers Will Continue Navigating COVID-19 with Competing Government Mandates

For more than two years, governments at every level have been grappling with how to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Most notably, the Biden administration issued four workplace vaccination and testing policies. All four were met with lawsuits, deepening concern and confusion in workplaces across the country. In January, the Supreme Court issued opinions on

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Senior Executive Lookahead: State Policies Will Complicate the Changing Nature of Work

Today we explore Issue Three: State policies will complicate the changing nature of work. The marked increase in remote work resulting from the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic created new challenges for employers related to labor, tax and compensation laws at the federal and state levels. State legislatures continue to be fertile ground for legislation

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Senior Executive Lookahead: Employers Will Continue to Face Challenges Accessing Talent

Today we explore Issue Two: Employers will continue to face challenges accessing talent despite increased federal spending. The Great Resignation is forcing organizations across the globe to look for solutions to hire, train and retain skilled employees. With the labor market mismatch and stalled progress on immigration reform, employers can expect continued expenditures by states

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Senior Executive Lookahead: Counting Down the Top Five Issues for 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic presented historic challenges for employers—from remote work to vaccine and mask mandates to increased pressures on workers coping with upheaval in their homes and communities. Organizations across the economy were forced to adapt and reinvent themselves amid uncertainty. With the arrival of new COVID-19 variants, continued supply chain disruptions and the ongoing

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Remembering the 19th Amendment: Moving Towards an Inclusive, Equitable Workplace for All

This year, the SHRM External Affairs team was intentional in leveraging our workplace equity policy pillar to commemorate the 19th Amendment Centennial, which granted women the right to vote in the U.S. We partnered with the Women2Women Tour to host events that captured the opinions of women on key policy issues like healthcare and pay

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State of the Union 2020 – the Super Bowl of Politics & its Impact on the Workplace

This year, the State of the Union will take place on February 4 at 9 p.m. EST. This date is significant for several reasons. It takes place one day after the Iowa caucuses, amid a presidential campaign, and likely in the aftermath of the impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate. While the address takes place

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Changes to Workplace Law for 2020

Welcome to 2020. There are several new laws taking effect this year. We’ve compiled many of these changes so you can learn more about these new laws and their impact on your workplace. We will go into more detail at Advocacy@Work this spring and instruct you on using your voice to make a difference on policies such

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True Inclusion Gets Everyone in the Game

Last week, SHRM hosted its sold-out 2019 Inclusion Conference—formerly Diversity & Inclusion. We welcomed over 1,000 workforce professionals to New Orleans to explore the theme of “Shifting Workplace Culture.” Changing the name from D&I to Inclusion was key. Notions about diversity in the workplace are transforming. It’s no longer enough to have a multicultural, multigenerational

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