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RAISE Act

Bill name: Rewarding Achievement and Incentivizing Successful Employees (RAISE) Act
Bill sponsors: H.R. 6952, sponsored by Dusty Johnson (R-SD)

Summary: The RAISE Act is a short, two-page bill to amend the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and allow employers the option to pay wages higher than the level set by a collective bargaining agreement. Under this change, employers could grant merit-based pay raises to individual employees irrespective of the wage scales within that workplace’s collective bargaining agreement.

“Great workers make businesses successful. When employers want to share profits with their hardest-working employees, regulations and union requirements shouldn’t be allowed to stand in the way. The RAISE Act will provide employers flexibility to give hard-working employees a raise. Hard work should be rewarded, not discouraged.” -Rep. Dusty Johnson

Bill Status: The RAISE Act was reintroduced in 2022 by Rep. Dusty Johnson. It has not yet been reintroduced in the Senate.. The legislation has not been approved by either chamber in previous Congresses.

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