Tallahassee, FL – The inaugural HR Florida“Day on the Hill”, February 22-23, was a huge success. The event was organized to introduce legislators to HR Florida, to inform them of the valuable resource HR Florida members can be to them, and to help shape legislation that affects the HR profession and the organizations we represent. The event kicked off in Tallahassee, Florida on the evening of February 22, with a wine and cheese reception at the Doubletree Hotel. The next morning, approximately 40 enthusiastic HR Florida members gathered to attend an employment law seminar where the speakers included: Robert Carragher, SHRM’s Government Affairs Manager; Mark Landreth, President of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists; and Linda Bond Edwards, a partner with Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, P.A. Attendees then networked over lunch at the Capitol dining room, toured the Capitol grounds, and met with Senate and House members over legislation that will impact the workplace. The issues addressed at the seminar and with legislators included: Senate Bill 518 and House Bill 691, which would require all Florida employers to participate in E-Verify; Senate Bill 234 and House Bill 517, which would expand the rights of concealed weapon licensees; and Senate Bill 728 and House Bill 7005, which would broaden the definition of misconduct that disqualifies a claimant from unemployment compensation benefits. While the fate of the pending legislation remains to be seen, we believe the Day on the Hill exceeded expectations. The event also furthered the professional development of attendees who are expected to receive several strategic credits from HRCI for their participation. “The purpose of this inaugural Day on the Hill program is to introduce HR business professionals to Florida’s legislative process and educate elected officials on how state regulatory efforts affect employers and employees alike,” said council president Heather Vogel, SPHR. She added, “By putting a credible face behind the human resources function, we can help chart a new and better course for all Florida businesses, large and small, while meeting the needs of Florida’s workforce both today and tomorrow.”HR Florida looks forward to further developing its relationships with legislators by having chapter members schedule similar meetings with legislators in their home districts, and by organizing additional Day on the Hill events in the years to come.
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