Administration Doubles H-2B Visas

In an obvious nod to the expanding economy and the exceedingly tight labor market, the Trump administration will make an additional 30,000 H-2B visas available through September. In press releases and letters announced by several Senators and Representatives from both sides of the aisle, the H-2B program will see available visas nearly double what has…

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Rescinding Regulations

The new general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, management side attorney Peter Robb, is wasting no time before sinking his teeth into the regulatory meat of the Obama administration labor record. General Counsel Robb, who replaced Richard Griffin when his term expired last month, issued a memo to staff on the first of…

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And, Tip Pooling Too

It may not be in the purview of the National Labor Relations Board, but another Obama-era regulation is being rescinded by the “new sheriff in town”! The Trump administration has proposed rescinding the rule that prevents employers from including “back-of-house employees” in workplace tip pools, but only in businesses that pay the standard minimum wage.…

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Speaking of Paid Sick Leave

There are two fronts to cover this week on the broader subject of paid sick leave – one at the federal level and the other from the west coast. In Washington, DC, first daughter and presidential advisor, Ivanka Trump, continues to push adoption of a paid leave policy on a national basis that she describes…

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Trump Fills Last NLRB Seat

Just last week, we reported on the nomination of Attorney Marvin Kaplan to the 4th seat on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), leaving only one vacancy on  the 5-member Board entrusted with enforcement of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Just this week, President Trump closed that gap completely with the formal nomination of…

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Congress Hears More on Paid Leave

President Trump’s daughter and key advisor, Ivanka Trump, was discussing paid leave with Senators this week, explaining changes that the administration would endorse in pending paid leave proposals. The current plan put forth by republicans would give employees the option to contribute tax-free dollars to a Parental Savings Account from which funds could be withdrawn…

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Courts Review Obama Wellness Rules

And, it’s not only Congress looking to overturn Obama era regulations. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) last year brought a challenge against a contradiction in the treatment of employee wellness programs – employers being encouraged to offer them under the Affordable Care Act and anti-discrimination laws preventing employers from coercing their workers to…

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