US Federal Labor Viewpoints – Week of October 11, 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:

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Employer Mandate Updates
  • Other General COVID-19 Updates
  • Labor and Supply Chain Disruptions
  • Reconciliation Spending Measure/Infrastructure Package Updates

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Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of October 11, 2021

Transatlantic Trade Update text overlaid on top of images of US, UK and EU flagsThe President of the United States (US) focused this week on global transportation supply chains, namely two American ports on the West Coast of the country.  Similar to the US, the British Prime Minister is also focused on supply chain challenges, appointing a person to help advise on the issue.

The US also appears to be advancing its talks with some countries that have imposed digital services taxes (DSTs) that largely target American technology companies.  US Trade Representative Katherine Tai visited Italy and Switzerland this week for a series of meetings with foreign trade ministers on the margins of the Group of 20 (G20) Trade and Investment Ministerial, promoting a message about bolstering the World Trade Organization.

The European Commission (EC) presented some new proposals this week aimed at breaking the stalemate with the United Kingdom (UK) over the Northern Ireland Protocol and related disputes.  The EC also unveiled a proposal to amend the European Union (EU) Budget for 2021.

In this issue, we also cover:

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

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Sustainability Outlook European Union – September 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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Update: Biden Officials Request Comments on Challenges Facing Key Sectoral Supply Chains

Update:  Defense industrial base, comments due 10/13/2021

The Department of Defense is seeking comments (both generally and in response to specific questions) focused on four topics identified by the agency: select kinetic capabilities, energy storage/batteries, microelectronics, and castings and forgings.

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US Executive Branch Update – October 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*

9:30 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief | Closed Press

2:00 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT, THE VICE PRESIDENT, and the Secretary of the Treasury meet with House progressives to discuss his legislative agenda | Oval Office Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – October 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*

10:00 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief | The White House Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – October 14, 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. EDT – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief

10:30 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT and The Vice President receive a briefing from members of the White House COVID-19 Response Team on the COVID-19 pandemic and the vaccination program | Oval Office Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – October 13, 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. EDT – THE PRESIDENT receives the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office

11:15 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT signs into law H.R. 2278, An Act “To designate the September 11th National Memorial Trail Route, and for other purposes” | Oval Office Continue Reading

US Federal Labor Viewpoints – Week of October 4, 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:

  • September Jobs Report
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Employer Mandate Updates
  • Other General COVID-19 Updates
  • Reconciliation Package Updates
  • USTR Touts Focus on Labor Provisions

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US Executive Branch Update – October 12, 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*

8:45 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT meets virtually with G20 leaders to discuss close coordination on Afghanistan among the world’s largest economies, select guests, and international financial institutions | South Court Auditorium

10:15 a.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT and The Vice President receive the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – October 11, 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.

Note:  The US Federal Government is closed on Monday, in observance of the Columbus Day holiday.

POTUS’ Schedule*

3:25 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs Wilmington, Delaware, en route the White House

4:20 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT arrives at the White House Continue Reading

Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of October 4, 2021

Transatlantic Trade Update text overlaid on top of images of US, UK and EU flagsTalks between the United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU) continued this week toward trying to resolve post-Brexit trade impasses, amid warnings from both sides.  Officials from the United States (US) attended Group of 20 (G20) meetings and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ministerial this week, with Biden Administration officials welcoming the G20’s endorsement of the OECD global tax framework on Friday.  The US also focused the first part of the week on the US Trade Representative unveiling the Biden Administration’s trade policy toward the People’s Republic of China (“China.”)

In this issue, we also cover:

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

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A New Tariff Exclusion Process For Some, But Not For All

USA and China flag, conflict conceptOn Monday, October 4, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai gave a speech outlining the Biden Administration’s approach to the US-China trade relationship. While the speech was light on specifics, it provided for the first time a framework through which to view President Biden’s trade policies on China. From SPB’s perspective, the speech contained two notable takeaways for US businesses. Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – October 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*

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

12:00 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews Continue Reading

Lawmakers Propose New Import Ban Targeting Commodities Produced on Illegally Deforested Land

On Wednesday, October 6, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) released the Fostering Overseas Rule of Law and Environmentally Sound Trade (FOREST) Act, which seeks to reduce commodity-driven illegal deforestation around the world. The legislation creates a risk-based framework for improving transparency in companies’ global supply chains; provides financial and assistance-based incentives to reduce illegal deforestation; adds deforestation to financial criminal statutes; and establishes a purchasing preference for deforestation-free products in the federal procurement process. The bill also establishes an advisory committee, made up of companies and civil society groups, to inform its implementation. Continue Reading

US Executive Branch Update – October 6, 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. EDT – THE PRESIDENT and THE VICE PRESIDENT receive the President’s Daily Brief | Oval Office

1:00 p.m. EDT – THE PRESIDENT hosts a meeting with business leaders and CEOs on the need to immediately address the debt limit and the damaging consequences for American families, small businesses, and the economy if unnecessary delay continues any further | South Court Auditorium Continue Reading

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