Tag Archives: Department of Labor

US Federal Labor Viewpoints – Week of March 8, 2021

This is a weekly post spotlighting labor topics in focus by the US legislative and executive branches. In this issue, we cover: Biden Administration Labor Leadership Update Congressional COVID-19 Relief Package Update PRO Act Update Labor Department Rescinds Two Rules | Joint Employer; Independent Contractors Coronavirus Guidance for Miners Guidance on Protecting the Federal Workforce… Continue Reading

US Federal Labor Viewpoints – Week of February 22, 2021

This is a weekly post spotlighting labor topics in focus by the US legislative and executive branches. In this issue, we cover: Biden Administration labor leadership update Congressional COVID-19 relief package update Republican federal minimum wage proposals Joint employer status under review Department of Labor enforcement news Federal paid family/sick leave policy… Continue Reading

US Federal Labor Viewpoints – Week of February 8, 2021

This is a weekly post spotlighting labor topics in focus by the US legislative and executive branches. In this issue, we cover: Biden Administration labor leadership updates Labor rights bill Congressional COVID relief package language takes shape Federal minimum wage battle Federal Family and Medical Leave updates Worker health safety/unemployment claims Apprenticeship news Labor congressional … Continue Reading

Public Policy Daily Briefing – June 30, 2020

Congress is facing renewed pressure to provide hundreds of billions of dollars in “stimulus” money to states, territories, counties and municipalities and to allow such entities the option of using the money to offset revenue lost as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Democratic-controlled US House of Representatives has begun floor consideration of a … Continue Reading

COVID-19: US Developments – Implementation and Oversight of CARES Act – June 10, 2020

The United States has experienced a sharp increase in the number of new reported cases of coronavirus over the past week, but Beltway media coverage and the policy debate in Washington this week are largely centered on the potential for action in both chambers of the US Congress on police reform legislation. Republicans, emboldened by … Continue Reading

COVID-19: US Developments – Implementation and Oversight of CARES Act – June 5, 2020

President Donald Trump issued an executive order (EO) Thursday directing federal agencies to streamline their permitting processes to allow for expedited movement on infrastructure projects as a means of contributing to a swift recovery of the American economy as states and US territories emerge from their coronavirus-driven lockdowns. The president’s order came as policymakers prepared … Continue Reading

COVID-19: US Developments – Implementation and Oversight of CARES Act – June 4, 2020

As public protests against police brutality and racial disparity continued to dominate the national policy debate, pushing coronavirus-related news from the front pages, the US Senate has given its approval to legislation passed last week by the US House of Representatives making changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) created by the March 27 Coronavirus … Continue Reading

Financial Regulatory Reform in the Spotlight as Financial Regulators Fill in the Trump Administration

Legislative Activity House Financial Services Committee to Hold Markup of CHOICE Act on Tuesday After much anticipation, House Financial Services Committee Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) introduced the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 (CHOICE Act) last week following a contentious hearing on the bill. Unsurprisingly, the hearing revealed partisan differences over the effectiveness of the Dodd-Frank Wall … Continue Reading

House Appropriators Examine Job Training Programs; President Proposes More Cuts to Department of Education

Legislative Activity Appropriators Consider Workforce Training Programs This Week The House Committee on Appropriations this week will hold a hearing on federal support for job training programs, a target facing steep cuts under President Trump’s proposed budget. In his “skinny” budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, President Trump proposes cutting the Department of Labor (DOL) budget … Continue Reading

Financial Services Regulatory Reform Ramps Up

Legislative Activity Senate Banking, House Financial Services Committees Set Sights on Financial Services Regulatory Reform With the first 100 days of the Trump Administration largely behind them, financial services lawmakers are beginning to move forward with their review of and efforts to reform the financial services sector. During the Senate Banking Committee’s hearing last week, Chairman … Continue Reading

Financial Services Nominees in the Spotlight as Agencies Under Scrutiny

Legislative Activity Senate Committees to Consider Labor, SEC Nominations This Week; House Has Full Slate of Hearings After Examining Flood Insurance and the Fed Last Week This week, two Senate committees will consider the nominations of President Trump’s picks to lead the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). On Wednesday, … Continue Reading

House Starts Work on Higher Education Reform; Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing for Andy Puzder

Legislative Activity On Tuesday, February 7, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing titled “Challenges and Opportunities in Higher Education” to examine the current policy issues in higher education. Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC), as well as her Senate counterpart Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and … Continue Reading

Republicans Move on Financial Deregulation; Fed Finalizes Stress Test Guidance

Legislative Activity President Trump Orders Review of Financial Regulations Last Friday, February 3, President Trump issued an Executive Order related to financial services regulatory reform (generally) and an Executive Memorandum specifically targeting the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Fiduciary Rule. The Executive Order on Core Principles for Regulating the United States Financial System directs the Secretary … Continue Reading
LexBlog