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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

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

President Signs Resolution to Undo "Blacklisting" Rule

On March 27, 2017, President Trump signed a joint resolution of disapproval (H.J. Res. 37) to block the rule implementing Executive Order 13,673, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, otherwise known as the "blacklisting" rule. The...more

Oral Arguments Held in Browning-Ferris International v. NLRB

On Thursday, March 9, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held long-awaited oral arguments in Browning-Ferris International v. NLRB. The case will be critical in defining joint employment...more

WPI Insider Briefing: Spotlight on Health Care and Regulatory Reform Under the Trump Administration

On February 28, 2017, President Trump delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress, outlining a broad vision of his agenda. The Trump administration is widely expected to chart a dramatically different course on...more

New York City Council Committee Pursues Predictive Scheduling and Other Labor Bills

On Friday, March 3, 2017, the New York City Council’s Committee on Civil Service and Labor considered a package of six bills that could significantly affect the scheduling of fast food and other employees. These measures seek...more

WPI State of the States: Legislatures Saw a Flurry of Activity in February

Statehouses across the country continue to propose legislation at a frenzied pace. In February, as in January, more than 500 bills concerning labor and employment issues were either introduced or addressed in some fashion....more

DOL Proposes to Delay Fiduciary and Beryllium Rules

In response to recent presidential directives, the U.S. Department of Labor is taking steps to delay the applicability and effective dates of two rules. First, the DOL's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has...more

Alex Acosta, Former NLRB Member, Nominated as Secretary of Labor

President Trump announced yesterday that he intends to nominate R. Alexander Acosta as the Secretary of Labor. Mr. Trump’s initial nominee for the position, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his candidacy Wednesday....more

NLRB's General Counsel Issues Memo on Arbitration Issue Pending at Supreme Court

As a result of the Supreme Court’s recent decision to grant certiorari and address the dispute over whether class and collective action waivers are lawful in an arbitration agreement, many employers have asked whether similar...more

State of the States: Legislatures are off to the Races!

Most state legislatures are back in session, and they are poised to address a wide range of labor and employment issues this year. Since January 1, 2017, more than 500 employment-related bills have been proposed in more than...more

Who is Neil Gorsuch and Where Does He Stand on Labor and Employment Issues?

President Donald Trump has promptly nominated a potential successor—Judge Neil M. Gorsuch—to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Scalia’s unexpected death nearly a year ago. Since Scalia’s death, the High Court...more

New Administration Orders Freeze of Pending Regulations, Takes Aim at the Affordable Care Act

One of the first acts of the new Administration on Inauguration Day was to issue a memorandum putting the brakes—at least temporarily—on federal regulations that have not yet taken effect, and to release an executive order...more

Department of Labor's Exit Memorandum Calls for Changes to Address Gig Economy Employment

According to Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, the “largest question” for the incoming administration will be how to “embrace innovation” as part of the changing nature of work, while ensuring a level of workforce protections...more

Restaurant and Business Leader Andy Puzder Picked to Lead the DOL

President-elect Donald Trump has formally named Andy Puzder as his choice to be the next Secretary of Labor. Currently the CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company to several fast-food chains, Puzder is a long-time advocate...more

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