What the Trump White House Means for HR: Top Five Articles for HR Practitioners and Leaders

what-trump-white-house-means-for-hr-top-five-articlesWith the election over, the shift from campaign rhetoric to pragmatic policy has begun. As politician Mario Cuomo famously said, “You campaign in poetry, but you govern in prose.”

While the 2016 presidential campaign speeches and debates may not have sounded much like actual poetry, this quote captures the notion that — now that the campaign is over — President-Elect Donald Trump must switch from the mode of sparking people’s imagination with his ideas, to putting those ideas into practice.

What does this mean for HR? As an HR leader or practitioner, what do you need to be aware of? Here are five “top pick” articles to help you answer this question.

1. The Trump Effect

Susan R. Meisinger, former president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), discusses what a Trump presidency could mean for HR executives and for US labor and employment policies.

A key quote from her article:

“HR professionals… will have a harder, more important task than simply paying attention to the changes coming from a Trump administration. To me, the more difficult and more important job will be deciding what, if any, of those changes really matter to their organizations. Which ones require any action?”

2. What Trump’s Win Means For HR

Andy Przystanski, HR Content Specialist at HRMS vendor Namely, talks about how HR is inextricably linked to the political climate.

A key quote from his article:

“The fruits of the political process—regulations, laws, and reform—shape HR’s day-to-day responsibilities. Whether you’re stressing over the Cadillac Tax or scrambling to comply with the new overtime rules, the core functions of your job are the direct result of over a century of politics.”

3. Trump’s Ideas for Change in the Workplace

Allen Smith, Manager of Workforce Law Content at SHRM, provides a summary of Trump’s election campaign proposals that impact the workplace.

A key quote from his article:

“In some cases, [Trump] is calling for less regulation; in other situations, he calls for more. And his proposals aren’t without some controversy. Trump has promised to:

  • Reform regulations and reduce taxes.
  • Attack the trade deficit.
  • Repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
  • Support up to six weeks of paid maternity leave and encourage employers to provide child care at work.
  • Push for nationwide E-Verify.
  • Call for an increase in the prevailing wage for H-1B visas.
  • Favor a small-business exemption from the overtime rule.”

4. Trump this: 5 bold predictions for how he’ll impact HR

Christian Schappel, a member of HR Morning’s editorial staff, makes five predictions on what President-Elect Trump will do in Office, which will impact HR.

A summary of his five predictions:

  • Cancelling DoL overtime exemption changes
  • Not repealing ACA outright
  • No moves on paid leave or minimum wage changes
  • Appointment of more “employer-friendly” members to the National Labor Relations Board
  • More checks on immigrant workers

Finally, for something a bit different:

5. Do your Leaders Need to be Technocrats to Be Successful?

Tim Sackett, “HR/Recruiting Talent Pro” and thought leader, pivots the election discussion to talk about one attribute Millennial workers seem to value in leaders: technology savvy. And makes the case for employers selecting leaders who are technocrats.

A key quote from his article:

“Just being a technocrat won’t make a leader candidate a good leader. We all know all of the other leader traits we are looking for in selecting our next leaders. It’s my belief, though, that as we move forward, our leaders need to be technology savvy if they truly want to connect and lead a younger workforce.”

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