Jim O'Connell is Executive Consultant, Ceridian Corporation. With over thirty years experience in federal legislative and regulatory affairs, Jim focuses on HR and payroll policy issues, keeping customers informed about fast-changing and complex compliance regulations and workforce trends.  

HR Thought Leader of the Month, September 2010


Jim O'Connell is Executive Consultant, Ceridian Corporation. With over thirty years experience in federal legislative and regulatory affairs, Jim focuses on HR and payroll policy issues, keeping customers informed about fast-changing and complex compliance regulations and workforce trends. 

Jim is a frequent participant in HR and payroll industry meetings, including the American Payroll Association and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). At the 2007 Annual APA Congress in Las Vegas, Jim was honored with the "Special Friend" of APA award. 

His publications include "Health Savings Accounts: American Idol" in the November 2007 issue of Benefits & Compensation Digest's Web Exclusives and "The 21st Century World of Work: Five Megatrends Shaping the Future," in the April-May 2007 issue of IHRIM.link, the magazine of the International Association of Human Resources Information Management. 

Jim is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University in Washington DC, specializing in International Business-Government Relations. He is a member of the American Payroll Association and the Society for Human Resource Management. 

Before coming to Ceridian, Jim served in the U.S. Senate as chief legislative assistant to New York Senator Jacob K. Javits, who was a senior member of the Committee on Labor & Human Resources, and later with Connecticut Senator Lowell P. Weicker. Jim holds a Ph.D. in economics from New York's Fordham University. 

In his blog debut this month, Jim O'Connell takes a look back at two overarching themes defined the Congressional season from fall 2009 through 2010: faltering economic recovery and the enactment of monumental legislation. 

 Link to Human Resources Legislation Blog Employer Compliance: Looking Back