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Obama Vetoes House Bill on “Ambush” Elections

Obama Vetoes House Bill on “Ambush” Elections

In an expected move, President Barack Obama last week vetoed a Congressional measure designed to block a potentially destructive new rule from the National Labor Relations Board.

Small Business Congress Early-Bird Deadline Extended

NSBA has just extended to Jan. 26 its early-bird discount deadline for the 2015 Small Business Congress, held in Phoenix, Arizona Feb. 19-20, where attendees will explore the intersection economic policy and business best practices.

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New Congressional Committee Leadership

The Republican gains in the House and shift of leadership from Democratic to Republican in the Senate have ushered in a new spate of Committee chairs and ranking members.

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Elections Analysis: Labor and Health Care

The shift in the Congressional balance of power has the potential to change the dynamic on issues related to the workforce.

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NLRB Pushes Back Against Arbitration

Recently, a NLRB judge against UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s employee arbitration agreement requiring employees to go through individual arbitration vs. a class action suit.

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NLRB Case Redefines Joint Employer Standard

The NLRB is reviewing the standard for deciding when a business under contractual arrangements is deemed a joint employer of workers employed by another business – which could make businesses more responsible for sub-contracted workers.

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Obama EO Raises Scrutiny on Contractor Labor Violations

Last week, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to disclose past labor violations and increasing agencies’ ability to bar those companies from receiving contracts.

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SBA Advocacy Submits Comments on Min Wage Rule

Recently, the SBA Office of Advocacy submitted comments to the Department of Labor regarding its proposed rule implementing President Obama’s directive to increase the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 per hour.

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Bipartisan Workforce Bill Heads to President’s Desk

Last week, the House passed a revised Senate version of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act which would modernize and improve existing federal workforce development programs.

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Bill Introduced to Expand Overtime Pay

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) recently introduced legislation which would make several major changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act, effectively expanding the number of salaried workers eligible for overtime pay.

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