As we continue our series this week of highlighting employment law issues for the candidates, next up is Rep. Paul Ryan. (For previous posts and groundrules, see here, here, and here.)
Your record on the Employment Non-discrimination Act is, to be blunt, muddy at best. You appear to have once voted for passage of the Act, only after trying to prevent it from coming to the floor. Then in 2010, you are quoted as saying you would support the bill, but only if it didn’t include protections for transgendered Americans. Do you support this bill or a similar federal bill banning discrimination against employees based on his or her sexual orientation? If not, why?
In 2011, you voted for a bill that would have put significant limits on the NLRB’s authority and required the NLRB to add certain considerations in the determination of an appropriate bargaining unit. Nevertheless, union representation has remained fairly steady under the Obama administration and indeed, union membership is off significantly from 30 years ago. And there are several press reports that indicate that you are somewhat sympathetic to unions as well opposing a repeal of Davis-Bacon laws. So, if your running mate is elected President, what are some steps that you’d like to see a new administration take with regarding to the NLRB and what role do you see unions playing in the next decade?
Given his record in the House of Representatives, there are plenty of other topics that could be addressed as well including the ADAAA. But what would you ask Rep. Paul Ryan as it relates to employment law?
And be sure to check out posts from other employment law blogs here, here, here, and here.