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Elections Analysis: Labor and Health Care

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.

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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NSBA President Testifies on Background Checks

Yesterday, NSBA President Todd McCracken testified before a House Education and Workforce Subcommittee on employers’ use of background checks where he urged the EEOC better articulate rules that are comprehensible and don’t conflict with existing state rules.

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Senate Test Vote on Minimum Wage This Week

The Senate is set to hold a test vote this week on a bill to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, indexed for inflation, which includes language to extend increased Sec. 179 expensing through 2016.

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NLRB Seeks Court Reversal on Arbitration Ruling

The NLRB recently filed a petition seeking a rehearing from a U.S. Court of Appeals on a ruling to reverse their Jan. 2012 ruling prohibiting employers from using individual arbitration agreements in employment contracts.

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