US Federal Labor Viewpoints – Week of November 29, 2021

US Federal Labor ViewpointsThis is a weekly post spotlighting labor topics in focus by the US legislative and executive branches during the previous week.

In this issue, we cover:

  • November Jobs Report
  • COVID-19 Updates | Winter Plan Announced
  • Federal Vaccine Mandate Legal Challenges Update
  • Notable Labor Department Developments
  • Other Notable COVID-19 Developments
  • Labor Department Leadership Updates
  • Stronger Labor Provisions Sought

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Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of November 29, 2021

Transatlantic Trade Update text overlaid on top of images of US, UK and EU flagsThe past two weeks saw the emergence of a new coronavirus variant – designated “Omicron” – that was first noted by officials in South Africa, who quickly reported it globally.  While countries around the world – including the United States of America (US or USA) – restricted travel to and from nations in southern Africa, the actions are largely intended to try and control the spread of Omicron, amid continued Delta variant surges.  Despite the travel restrictions, the Omicron variant, however, has been detected already in a half-dozen European countries, including the United Kingdom (UK), Australia, Israel, the USA and other countries.  Scientists speculate Omicron could become the dominant variant in the coming months.

Meanwhile, the USA and European Union (EU) found common ground this past week, as the two sides met to discuss trade, the Indo-Pacific, and other matters.  US Secretary of State Antony Blinken travelled to Latvia and Sweden this week, attending the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Foreign Ministerial and meeting with European officials.  A major theme to emerge from his meetings in Europe was increased US concern with Russia’s military build-up along Ukraine’s border.  Secretary Blinken also met with his Russian counterpart – as did UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss separately – on the margins of other events in Sweden.  Transatlantic partners also focused this week on Belarus, imposing a coordinated fifth tranche of sanctions against the Lukashenko regime.  Looking ahead, the US Government will host its first-ever Summit for Democracy on 9-10 December.

In this issue, we also cover:

  • Notable US, EU, and UK developments;
  • A brief UK-EU trade deal update;
  • World Trade Organization updates; and
  • COVID-19 highlights among the transatlantic partners.

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US Executive Branch Update – December 7, 2021

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

8:30 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief

10:00 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT holds a secure video call with President Vladimir Putin of Russia | Situation Room Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – December 3, 2021

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

9:30 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief | The White House

10:15 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on the November jobs report | State Dining Room Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – December 2, 2021

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

10:00 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office

12:45 p.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT departs the South Lawn en route Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Continue Reading

Sustainability Outlook European Union – November 2021

Sustainability Outlook European UnionOur European Public Policy team is pleased to share with you our monthly newsletter, Sustainability Outlook – European Union which looks at key developments in EU sustainability law and policy.

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US Executive Branch Update – December 1, 2021

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

9:30 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief

12:35 p.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on his Administration’s work to strengthen the nation’s supply chains, lower everyday costs for families, and ensure that shelves are well-stocked this holiday season | South Court Auditorium Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – November 30, 2021

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and daily press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

9:30 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief | The White House

10:45 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks and signs into law S. 796, “Protecting Moms Who Served Act of 2021,” S. 894, “Hire Veteran Health Heroes Act of 2021,” S. 1031 and S.1095; THE VICE PRESIDENT and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs also attend | South Court Auditorium Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – November 28, 2021

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and daily press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

The President will remain in Nantucket, Massachusetts, through Sunday, November 28. There are no public events scheduled. Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – November 19, 2021

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

3:15 p.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT pardons the National Thanksgiving Turkey | Rose Garden

6:20 p.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Wilmington, Delaware Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – November 18, 2021

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

9:00 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief

9:45 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks and signs into law S. 1511, the “Protecting America’s First Responders Act of 2021,” S. 1502, the “Confidentiality Opportunities for Peer Support Counseling Act or the COPS Counseling Act,” and S. 921, the “Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila Federal Officers and Employees Protection Act” | State Dining Room Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – November 17, 2021

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

10:00 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office

12:30 p.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews Continue Reading

US Federal Labor Viewpoints – Week of November 8, 2021

US Federal Labor ViewpointsThis is a weekly post spotlighting labor topics in focus by the US legislative and executive branches during the previous week.

In this issue, we cover:

  • U.S. Economy Update
  • Federal Vaccine Mandate Legal Challenges Update
  • Other General COVID-19 Updates
  • U.S. Agencies Promote Workers’ Rights
  • Proposal to Rescind Religious Exemption Final Rule

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US Executive Branch Update – November 16, 2021

US executive branch text over image of White HouseThis report provides a snapshot of the US Executive Branch priorities via daily schedules and the prior day’s press releases.

POTUS’ Schedule*

9:30 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief

11:15 a.m. EST – THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of November 8, 2021

Transatlantic Trade Update text overlaid on top of images of US, UK and EU flagsOfficials from the European Union (EU), United Kingdom (UK) and United States (US) participated in the final week of the 26th United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Scotland.  The Summit concluded with the publication of the Glasgow Climate Pact, which maintains the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C and phasing out fossil fuel subsidies and coal.  The UK Foreign Secretary travelled to the Southeast Asian region this week, focusing on expanding trade with Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.  US officials focused on Ukraine this week, while also weighing-in – along with European partners – on Belarus and a migrant situation in Poland.   EU officials also moved forward this week with preparing the bloc’s position ahead of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12), which is due to start later this month.

In this issue, we also cover:

  • The COP26 Summit;
  • Notable US, EU, and UK developments;
  • A brief UK-EU trade deal update; and
  • COVID-19 highlights among the transatlantic partners.

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