US House Preps Minimum Wage Hike

When Nancy Pelosi assumes the speakership again in a couple of weeks and the democrat majority takes over control of the US House of Representatives, one of their top priorities will be pushing to increase the federal minimum wage. Representative Bobby Scott (D-VA), the ranking member on the House Education and the Workforce Committee (who…

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Two Prong Push for Joint Employer Fix

Congress is pushing for a final resolution to the joint employer issue on both the regulatory and legislative fronts. First off this week, both Senate Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and his House counterpart, Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Chairman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) sent letters asking all House and Senate members to…

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Omnibus Bill Muddies Tip Pools; Hikes DOL, NLRB Budgets

The Omnibus spending bill, unveiled by Congressional negotiators Wednesday and passed by the House yesterday, includes a number of provisions relevant to pending labor issues. Of primary concern is a so-called compromise provision on the tip pooling issue that in actuality is potentially devastating to small businesses. The compromise, which was authored by Senator Patty…

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US House Shortens Leash on Labor, NLRB

Earlier this week while deliberating the Labor-HHS-Education funding bill, the US House Committee on Rules advanced 58 different amendments, many of which significantly impact the Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board. The amendments, which were scheduled for debate on the House floor beginning yesterday, include funding reductions for the NLRB and restricting…

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Homeland Adds 15,000 H-2B Visas

The Department of Homeland Security ended the speculation this week when it announced the issuance of an additional 15,000 H-2B visas for temporary foreign workers in seasonal non-agricultural sectors. Although Congress had authorized the government to more than double the 66,000 H-2B visa limit, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly decided not to go anywhere near…

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House Puts Joint-Employer in Crosshairs

The US House Education and Workforce Committee moved the ball closer to the goal line of repealing the NLRB joint employer ruling with a hearing earlier this week on the risks imposed by the new expanded definition. The committee took testimony from a number of opponents of the expanded rule and in the wake of…

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Bill Seeks To Overturn NLRB

Over the course of the past several years, there have been a number of significant decisions rendered by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) largely rewriting the National Labor Relations Act. Over the past two weeks, remedies have been filed in both branches of Congress, but any final passage and resolution may still be quite…

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