Legislative Action Day
February 28, 2013
701 E 11th Street
Austin, TX 78701
FREE PARKING in Sheraton Garage!
2013 Co-VPs of Legal & Legislative Affairs
Jennifer Powell & Kevin Lashus
Attention Human Resource Professionals, Compliance Officers, and Business Administrators: What you may not know about the law and how it's made in Texas may turn your business upside down and result in being ill prepared to articulate a strategy to defend your actions (and incur mounds of legal defense fees).
Join Austin Human Resource Management Association in learning more about the latest government mandates, enforcement of daily workplace issues, and how the law is actually made in Texas to help you thwart complaints and penalties associated with government agencies such as the Department Of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Department of Human Services.
9:00-10:00 - Healthcare for America (Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act)-Becky Parker, Health Reform Director, MHBT Inc. (Pending 1 HRCI recertification credit)
- A Review of how we got here, the Supreme Court decision, and what to expect from the states
- An examination of how the costs associated with benefits to our employees may change
- A forecast of the process to come: economies of scale and technology
- How does small business prepare: 1 year, 3 years, 10 years into the future
10:15-11:15 - Lobbying for Small Business - Bill Hammond, President and CEO, Texas Association of Business & Chambers of Commerce (Pending 1 HRCI recertification credit)
Mr. Hammond will discuss the Texas Association of Business's tax plan: calling for the $1 million franchise tax exemption to be made permanent so that businesses who make less than $1 million do not pay franchise taxes, and businesses who do make more would be able to deduct $1 million from their taxable revenue. Followed by a review of the Texas Association of Business's position on scholarship accountability: TAB's movement on the Senate's bill to eliminate the requirement that high school end of course exams count for 15% of a student's final grade; and a review of House Bill 5 that changes the accountability grading system for schools to an A-F method, and reduces the number of end of course exams to five, meaning no tests for most students after their sophomore year of high school, and how the TAB will work to strengthen that bill. Mr. Hammond will also discuss the unconstitutionality of the school finance system: TAB's plan to assist the Legislature to move forward.
11:15-12:00 Networking and AHRMA Business Meeting
12:00-1:00 Keynote: Lunch With the Rep - The Honorable Mark Strama, Texas House of Representatives (Pending 1 HRCI recertification credit)
Representative Strama will discuss his time at the Legislature: committee meetings, bill drafting, and the art of listening to constituencies - how a Legislature approaches the session and what influences his decision-making.
1:15-2:15 - Muscles to Use: The Pros Speak on Moving Legislation in Your Favor - Ramiro Canales, Assistant Executive Director, Governmental Relations Division, Texas Association of School Administrators (Pending 1 HRCI recertification credit)
Ramiro Canales will discuss the current debate at the Texas Legislature on whether school districts should prepare students to be college ready or workforce ready. Some school districts have implemented programs to meet the workforce demands of employers, including providing students with "career ready" certificates upon graduation; and how HR professionals and their employers can be heard by the legislature on this important workforce planning arena.
Terral Smith, Principle Terral Smith & Associates
Kurt Meachum, Phillips and Meachum, Public Affairs
Mr. Smith and Mr. Meachum will discuss their experiences in the Legislature, how various constituencies approached their opportunity to lobby their representatives, and how employers and HR professionals may be advocates for their industry by lobbying.
2:30-3:30 - Robert Loughran, Foster Quan
Potential Changes to Immigration Law and Implications for Employers (Pending 1 HRCI recertification credit)
In the wake of the Presidential election, immigration reform is again one of the hot political topics at the forefront of the nation's attention. The U.S. Government continues to pledge enforcement action through site investigations and Form I-9 audits, and states are increasingly bridging the gap with E-Verify mandates. In this program, we will discuss the latest developments with the Form I-9, E-Verify and employer sanctions, and how your company can build and maintain a culture of compliance.