Emmy Njaaga, a senior in Human Resource Management, recently represented the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.. Njaaga joined representatives from the Alabama SHRM State Council, East Alabama SHRM, and other state SHRM chapters in meetings with various legislators to discuss workplace flexibility and healthcare.
Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL)
"[On the first day] I went to a briefing meeting with 13 HR professionals so we could all discuss the stances SHRM takes towards these issues, in order to adequately relay the information to our House members and Senators the following day," said Njaaga.
Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL)
One of Njaaga's favorite takeaways from the trip was learning about new legislation that Rep. Mimi Walters (R-CA) is working on in conjunction with SHRM that would improve workplace flexibility and paid leave opportunities for employees everywhere. Njaaga said the bill would allow employers to "voluntarily opt-in to a flexible workplace program by meeting a minimum threshold of paid time off and thereafter stack other flexible work options that work for their company and culture (e.g. telecommuting, compressed workweeks, etc.). This would allow companies to comply with local and state laws without struggling to meet a one-size-fits-all mandate."
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL)
Njaaga felt honored to visit Washington, D.C. and spend time with several influential U.S. lawmakers. Njaaga's trip was sponsored by the East Alabama SHRM chapter, who hopes to continue the tradition of sponsoring an HR student to visit Capitol Hill each Spring.