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Governmental Affairs Director Update
Hi Everyone - I am the Governmental Affairs Director for WI State SHRM. In my role, I am responsible for planning and coordinating the annual State Legislative Conferences each year with local chapters. This year, we are hosting two conferences in LaCrosse and Manitowoc, both on March 28, 2013. Visit the State Legislative Conference site for more information.

I also help to facilitate the annual selection for our State Legislative Partner. Did you know that Krukowski and Costello is our current partner? You can find their legislative updates on our WI State SHRM site, both on this page and on the
Legislative Partner page.

Another part of my role is to promote 
HR Voice to all of our members. I strongly encourage members to become more involved by writing letters to the federal and state legislators on pending issues and/or legislation or HR "hot topics," Which currently include employer provided education assistance, FMLA rules in one hour or more (not less) increments, NLRB quick elections, and military employment initiative. This is one of many ways for SHRM members to have their voice heard by many legislative members. Currently, Employer Provided Education Assistance is under review, and you can make a difference by using SHRM’s HRVoice program by following these steps:
· Log onto the SHRM Advocacy Action Center by
clicking HERE
· Personalize your message with your own story
· Be sure to include your complete home mailing address.

Lastly, you can get involved by joining the SHRM Advocacy Team. Again, this team is designed for HR professionals to participate and influence federal/state public policy and regulatory efforts. As part of the Advocacy Team, you serve as an advocate for the HR community and keep local and state elected officials informed on how public policy issues can affect employees, employers, and the HR profession as a whole.

We are also still in need of we’re in need of four Advocacy Captains for the following areas:


Representative Name

Congressional District covering:

Paul Ryan (R)
Janesville, Kenosha, Racine
Gwen Moore (D)
F. James Sensenbrenner (R)


Sean Duffy (R)
Wausau, Superior

What is the role of a Captain and what are some of the benefits you can receive by being a captain? These captains establish a relationship with the representative in their congressional district and serve as an advocate to support SHRM’s public policy priorities. They also:

  • serve as the point person and chief member advocacy in your congressional district, 
  • develop and maintain relationships at the local level with elected officials and members of their staff on HR public policy issues by meeting twice per year,
  • recruit other members to join the team and participate in meetings with you,
  • familiarize yourself with SHRM public policy priority issues and initiatives and communicate this back to your team,
  • serve as an advocate to support SHRM's public policy priorities by writing personal letters, placing calls or meeting directly with elected officials.

To learn more, watch the A-Team video describing this initiative.

It truly is a pleasure serving as your WI State SHRM Governmental Affairs Director. I look forward to seeing you at one of our State Legislative Conferences on March 28, 2012. If you are interested in hosting one of the 2013 State Legislative Conferences, or have any other questions, please feel free to contact me directly at or (920) 424-5451.

SHRM believes that the United States must have a 21st century workplace flexibility policy that meets the needs of both employers and employees. Rather than a one-size-fits-all government mandate, the policy should be a new approach that reflects different work environments, representation, industries and organizational size.
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Contact Information 

Margie Harvey

Margie Harvey, SPHR
Miles Kimball Company 
250 City Center
Oshkosh, WI  54906
Ph: 920.232.6409
Fx: 920.231.1247   

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