Legislative Action Committee

Lon Williams, JD

Lon Williams, JD

Pam Bratton

Pam Bratton

Kristen Bauer, JD

Kristen Bauer, JD

Legislative Action

Government Affairs & Advocacy Update

April 2018

Attached for your review is the recently-approved Compensation Equity Principle Statement for SHRM.  As you may recall from our State Legislative Director meeting last month  principle statements such as this one take a long time to wind their way through the drafting and approval process.  However, once approved, they serve as our guiding principles in developing SHRM’s positions on workplace issues in that subject area that arise on the federal level.  They can also serve in that capacity for SHRM State Councils who wish to advance the HR perspective on such matters with their respective state legislatures.  Compensation equity is an issue certain state legislatures.  Should you have questions or comments, please feel free to share them with our Legislative Team, Pam, Lon and Kristen.


March 2018


TXSHRM testified before the Austin City Council against mandated paid sick leave in February.  The council passed a comprehensive ordinance that encompasses all private businesses located in Austin or who supply workers to any business in Austin. 

The ordinance allows for up to 64 hours of earned sick leave for each employee per year.  The unused leave can be rolled over annually, not to exceed the 64 hours.  One hour of leave is earned for every 30 hours worked.  Employers must provide employees with at least monthly updates of time available, post a sign of the ordinance and provide information in the employee handbook.

The ordinance is available at:  http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/edims/document.cfm?id=293797


Texas SHRM is looking for supporters in the Rio Grande Valley who reside in Representative Henry Cuellar’s district #28.  SHRM is supporting H.R. 4219, a voluntary work flex initiative.  This bill would allow employers who voluntarily engage in the program to opt out of local and state-wide mandates.  Texas SHRM’s co-director of government affairs/advocacy, Lon Williams has personally delivered a letter of support for HR 4219 to Representative Cuellar’s office in Washington.


The bill is available at:



For additional information on Texas SHRM legislative or advocacy activities, please reach out to one of the co-directors:

Pam Bratton, Co-chair               pbratton@meador.com             


Kristin Bauer, Co-chair               bauerK@jacksonlewis.com          


Lon Williams, Co-Chair              lonwilliams@polsinelli.com         



The City of Austin has approved the following Paid Sick Leave Ordinance.   You are invited to review this content: PSL Ordinance – Executed (002)  


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