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WPI State of the States: Statehouses Continue to Release Summer Blockbusters

Despite recent publicity surrounding bills pending in the U.S. Congress, state legislatures have not lost their focus. More than 30 states have concluded their legislative sessions, and another half-dozen are in recess. But...more

House Introduces Bipartisan Bill Designed to Ease Joint Employer Uncertainty

On July 27, 2017, House Republicans unveiled a bill, entitled the Save Local Business Act, that would amend two labor and employment statutes to clarify when an entity can be deemed a “joint employer.” At a press conference...more

Federal Agencies Scale Back Their Workplace Regulatory Ambitions

During the prior administration, congressional gridlock prevented many significant labor and employment bills from advancing. Federal agencies picked up the slack, issuing several rules to help carry out much of President...more

House Hearing Explores Legislative Remedy to Joint Employer Confusion

On July 12, 2017, the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing concerning the need for legislation to redefine the joint employer standard. As many employers are aware, the interpretation of when...more

WPI State of the States: State Legislatures and Governors Turn Up the Heat

As the dog days of summer settle in, most statehouses have closed up shop. Legislatures in approximately 12 states remain in regular session, however, with a couple more active in special session. Roughly 200 labor and...more

Mid-Year Roundup: Equal Pay and Related Bills Command Attention in 2017

Consistent with a major theme of the 2016 election cycle, equal pay and similar wage proposals dominated the attention of state legislatures in the first half of 2017. More than 100 such bills were introduced in the recent...more

Senate Republicans Release Bill to "Repeal and Replace" the Affordable Care Act

On June 22, 2017, Senate Republicans released a draft of their legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). After the House narrowly passed its version of ACA overhaul legislation, the American Health...more

Executive Order and Legislation on Apprenticeship Aim to Give Employers More Flexibility

The day after Senators introduced bipartisan legislation to promote apprenticeships, President Trump signed an executive order to achieve the same end. On June 15, the president signed an executive order (EO): Expanding...more

DOL to Take Steps to Address Persuader, Overtime Rules

The same week the Department of Labor removed two guidance documents governing joint employment and independent contractors, it indicated it will soon reconsider two contentious rules that have been put on hold. The DOL is...more

WPI Insider Briefing: What Will the Second Hundred Days of the Trump Administration Hold?

From the workplace policy perspective, much of the focus of the first 100 days of the Trump administration was on confirming a new Secretary of Labor and reversing the Obama administration’s labor and employment agenda....more

DOL Withdraws Joint Employer and Independent Contractor Guidance

In a three-sentence press release, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of two Wage and Hour Administrator's Interpretations (AIs) on joint employment and independent contractors. While the AIs were not...more

Think Tanks Release Compromise Proposal for Paid Parental Leave

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI)-Brookings Working Group on Paid Family Leave has issued a new report analyzing the costs and benefits of implementing a national paid leave program, and laying out a compromise proposal...more

WPI State of the States: Crunch Time in the Statehouses Before Summer Break

At this point in the year, many state lawmakers are wrapping up their efforts before summer, when many legislatures are in recess. Legislatures in roughly half the states have already concluded their sessions. Approximately...more

Federal Bill Seeks to Create Portable Benefits for Gig Economy Workers

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), a lawmaker known for closely monitoring the changing nature of work, has introduced in the Senate legislation to promote innovative ways to offer portable benefits to workers in the on-demand...more

Lawmakers Re-Introduce Bill to Overturn NLRB's Micro Bargaining Unit Decision

As expected, Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) has reintroduced a bill targeting the National Labor Relations Board's decision in Specialty Healthcare, 357 NLRB No. 83 (2011). The Representation Fairness Restoration Act (S.1217)...more

5/25/2017  /  Bargaining Units , Micro-Unions , NLRB , Unions

House Hearing Examines EEOC's Regulatory and Enforcement Policies

On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing to discuss the direction of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The witnesses and lawmakers raised several topics...more

President's Budget Proposes Paid Leave, Funding Cuts, and Merger of OFCCP and EEOC

President Trump has released his proposed federal budget, setting out his priorities for the 2018 fiscal year, which begins October 1. As anticipated, the budget represents a marked shift in potential government spending; it...more

Travel Agencies Hail Proposed Legislation Providing Overtime Exemption, But Employment Bills in General Face Uphill Battle

Last week Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) introduced a bill that would remove travel agents from the Department of Labor's list of workers that cannot qualify for the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) overtime exemption for retail...more

House Passes American Health Care Act: Fate in the Senate Uncertain

Seven years after the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on May 4, 2017, to dismantle the sweeping law and replace key provisions with a dramatically different vision of health care...more

The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

On April 29, 2017, the first 100 days of the Trump administration came to an end. A government shutdown was averted after the White House and Congress reached a spending deal, and the U.S. Supreme Court seat left vacant by...more

WPI State of the States — Legislative Proposals Are Taking Root

As April showers turn into May flowers, measures proposed earlier this year in the state legislatures begin to take root. Significantly fewer generally applicable labor and employment bills were introduced in April, around 60...more

WPI Insider Briefing: What Happened to Health Care Reform and Where is the Department of Labor Headed?

Republicans hoped to mark the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) enactment by passing legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to dismantle it. Instead, facing the failure of a bill on the House...more

State of the States — Legislative Action Heats Up

As we turn the calendar to April, state legislatures are starting to hit their stride. Bills introduced earlier this year continue to advance, with more than 400 labor and employment-related measures remaining under...more

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