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Leading with Advocacy

Magazine article HRMagazine

Leading with Advocacy

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Right now, Washington legislators and lobbyists are drafting proposals that will affect every American worker and family. HR professionals understand better than anyone how laws impact the real world of work today and tomorrow. That is why no major piece of U.S. legislation should be written without our say.

Weighing in at the later stages of lawmaking isn't enough. Neither is simply complying with the workplace laws we are handed. I submit to you that, in today's rapidly evolving workplace, HR needs to lead with advocacy. This is our responsibility as a voice for workers and the organizations that employ them. The Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM's) nearly 300,000 members impact the lives and work of over 100 million people in the workforce. Make no mistake: Our profession can be a social force, capable of sparking monumental impact, not just incremental change.

As your professional Society, SHRM is prepared to speak unequivocally on today's tough issues, including the scorching topic of sexual harassment. In January, I testified before the California State Legislature's Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response. SHRMs message-that culture always trumps compliance in preventing harassment-hit the mark, and I have been invited to share it with a wider audience at the 2018 National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit in Los Angeles this summer.

It's great to be asked for our perspectives on the key issues of the day and of the future. …

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