CFGI quoted – “After Election Day: What's Ahead for HR”

11/11/2016
Human Resource Executive Online


“The raucous and bruising presidential campaign of 2016 is finally over. Defying the polls, voters on Tuesday chose Donald Trump to succeed Barack Obama in the White House.

“Now HR leaders must prepare for new policies and regulations that remain nearly as unpredictable today as they were during the drama-filled months leading up to Election Day.

“Both candidates made a lot of promises…Trump was particularly sparing with details about his plans. But in recent months on the campaign trail, he at least has signaled his top priorities for the first months of his term.

“Key among them are initiatives that directly affect employers, including sweeping changes in immigration…

“‘All indications are that President-elect Donald Trump in his first 100 days will move forward with…efforts to secure the border and a focus on immigration worksite enforcement by enacting a mandatory E-Verify system,’ says Michael Aitken, vice president of government affairs at the Society for Human Resource Management in Alexandria, Va. 

“…Aitken says that many of Trump's HR-related initiatives, including those involving immigration…‘will require bipartisan congressional support to get enacted into law.’ That may be challenging, since Republicans apparently held on to only 51 seats in the Senate, too slim a majority to prevent Democratic filibusters.

“…Trump's positions on trade and immigration could mean dramatic policy changes affecting HR, says Rebecca Peters, director of government affairs for the Council for Global Immigration, an affiliate of SHRM.

“The incoming president has promised to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, tighten immigration controls and apply ‘extreme vetting’ to visitors from terror-prone regions of the world. All could have profound business effects, Peters says.

“Among the issues her organization will be tracking is how the government handles the so-called TN classification, a NAFTA-related program that allows certain professionals from Canada and Mexico into the country for work.

“As for Trump's proposal to limit visitors from certain regions, ‘We would definitely want to track how that might impact business travelers, in particular executives and managers coming to work in America,’ Peters says. ‘This could really be a ban on immigrants from countries hit by terrorism,’ which could include Japan, Israel, India, and even Germany and the United Kingdom.” 

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