Posts tagged DOL
Biden Administration Continues Waging War on Freelancing
June 10, 2022 // The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ruled the department violated the Administrative Procedure Act of 1946 by only offering a 19-day comment period on the “delayed” IC rule. Governmental agencies must allow 30-60 notice-and-comment periods. The Coalition for Workforce Innovation et al. v. Walsh decision reads like this, “Having vacated the Delay Rule, the court turns to the Withdrawal Rule. Plaintiffs claim that the Withdrawal Rule is arbitrary and capricious, in violation of the APA. Again, the court agrees.”
Foxx Torches DOL’s Move to Quash Independent Contractors
June 3, 2022 // “Stripping independent contractors of entrepreneurial opportunities and flexibility reeks of bureaucratic rot. The DOL acts as if hardworking Americans are not to be trusted with how they choose to live their lives. If our country’s workforce is to make a comeback, the federal government should be far removed.”
ABC to Biden Administration: Withdraw the DOL’s Davis-Bacon Proposed Rule
May 18, 2022 // “The DOL’s proposed rule does little to improve or modernize Davis-Bacon Act regulations in the face of decades of complaints by government officials, taxpayer watchdogs and industry stakeholders critical of this regulatory boondoggle well-known for increasing the cost of construction, discouraging competition from small businesses and diminishing the value of taxpayer investment in government infrastructure projects,” said Ben Brubeck
What is the Employee Rights Act, and how would it advance worker freedom?
March 26, 2022 // Unlike the PRO Act – which, imbued with a dated and rigid workplace vision that is increasingly displacing American workers – the ERA would empower workers to seize more opportunity and take greater control of their futures.
What a Surge in Union Organizing Means for Food and Farm Workers
March 25, 2022 // By organizing with the Warehouse Workers for Justice, many were able to get their jobs back and have their demands met. “What’s really interesting is that there’s a huge movement right now for worker centers and unions to work together ... to essentially surround the industry,” Oliva said. “So if an employer busts the union, the worker center emerges. If the worker center is unable to organize the workers, the union organizes them.”
Biden’s Proposed Davis-Bacon Act Reforms Are More Pork for Special Interests
March 11, 2022 // “While ABC is still reviewing the 432-page rule, it appears the DOL missed an opportunity for meaningful Davis-Bacon reform. For example, the proposed rule reverts back to 1983 regulations that do not result in actual prevailing rates, as required by statute. Reversing course by 40 years is not modernization. Instead, it is even worse public policy catering to special interests embedded in the Biden administration that benefit from the broken status quo.
Democrats’ Proposed Labor Funding Increases Fall Nearly Flat
March 11, 2022 // Federal Funding Legislation. fiscal year 2022, Backgrounder: The final package, after bipartisan and bicameral negotiations, includes just moderate funding increases for these programs or, as in the case of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), no increase at all.
Labor Agencies Face Biden Enforcement Push Without Extra Funding
January 18, 2022 // The collapse of talks on Democrats’ tax and social spending legislation has put labor-focused agencies in a difficult position—they face increased enforcement demands under the Biden agenda but can’t bank on an infusion of extra cash to support those efforts.
U.S. Labor Agencies Strike Deal to Share Enforcement Information
January 7, 2022 // The U.S. Department of Labor’s wage regulator and the National Labor Relations Board have struck an agreement to collaborate on investigations and share information on potential violations of law, specifically targeting independent contractor misclassification and retaliation against workers.
Opinion: President Biden Helping Unions Undermine California’s Public Pension Reform
December 21, 2021 // With PEPRA, as public employees retire and are replaced by new hires with redefined benefits, the gap between what the pension system has in assets and what it needs to pay out in future decades will narrow.