A Look Back - New Hampshire’s A-Team and State Council Sit Down with Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster (NH District-02)

2018-07-16 | , Society for Human Resource Management

HR Advocates: Get Engaged Locally Over August Recess!

A remarkable thing about New Hampshire is that, as a state, it is the biggest small town and only 2 degrees of separation exist between any 2 people. It is not too difficult to find a way to meet our elected officials. I happened to be at the Congressional Art Competition Ceremony hosted by Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster’s office last May and got to chat with Rep. Kuster. I said we were disappointed that we did not get to meet her or her staff in March in DC during the 2017 SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference. Congresswoman Kuster was very receptive to meeting with HR professionals, and her staff worked with me and members of SHRM’s New Hampshire A-Team to make this happen. Then, last fall, Congresswoman Kuster hosted 7 A-Team members at her Concord, NH district office for an engaging sit-down discussion on workplace laws. We talked about protecting the tax-exempt status of employee benefit plans, the recent request by the U.S. Department of Labor for input on revising the salary test for FLSA white collar exemptions, and how paid leave is becoming more and more important to workers, and increasingly an issue that will require Federal involvement to help set a nationwide standard. Congresswoman Kuster understands the challenges for multi-state employers who have to adjust to varied state and local laws on paid leave, and described how she sees widely different family leave situations in her own extended family. We all left with the impression that she is very receptive to input from the HR community and that our elected Federal representatives are more closely connected to each of us than we realize.

Andrea Chatfield, Esq.
Of Counsel at Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson, p.l.l.c.
Manchester, NH

Government Relations & Legislative Chair
HR State Council of New Hampshire and SHRM A-Team Member

Pictured l-r:  Charla Stevens, David Twitchell, Andrea Chatfield, Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster, Catharine Mirabile, Connie Roy-Czyzowski, Jeannie DiBella, Nancy Rowell

For more informaiton on engaging locally, visit advocacy.shrm.org/Organize-an-event-DITD or email ATeam@shrm.org.