Employment Policy

The Employment Policy division regularly interacts with Congressional staff, numerous Federal agencies and many national coalitions (some of which are chaired by the Chamber) to help define and shape national labor, immigration and employee benefit policy.

 

Employment Policy Priorities

Commonsense Immigration Reform

Commonsense immigration reform will boost economic growth, create jobs, and spur innovation and entrepreneurship. It will also reaffirm America's legacy of being an open and welcoming country where anyone who works hard and follows the rules can achieve his or her dreams.

Throughout our history, America has attracted and welcomed the most talented and the hardest working people to our shores. But today our immigration system is broken and failing to meet the needs of our society, our economy, our businesses, and our workers.

To help advance comprehensive reform that includes border security, the Chamber's Employment Policy division provides leadership to a broad coalition including businesses, labor, law enforcement, the faith-based community, and various immigrant-advocacy organizations.

Though there may be several different approaches to fixing our system, meaningful and lasting reform can only be achieved through bipartisan legislation, which is the ultimate goal of the Chamber’s immigration program.

Learn more about what the Chamber is doing on immigration.

Department of Labor

The U.S. Chamber believes the Department of Labor (DOL) must partner with both employers and employees to effectively advance the goals of the wide array of laws it administers and enforces. 

The DOL oversees such diverse areas as minimum wage, overtime, worker safety in general industry as well as mining, federal contractor compliance with affirmative action requirements, employee leave requirements under the Family and Medical Leave Act, labor union financial accountability, and contractor wage payments on federally funded or supported construction and service jobs.  Employees depend on the Department to safeguard their rights, while employers look to the DOL for information and guidance on meeting their obligations.

The Employment Policy Division works with many of DOL’s component agencies including the Wage and Hour Division, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs, the Office of Labor-Management Standards, and the Office of the Solicitor. 

Learn more about what we're doing on DOL issues.

Restoring Common Sense at the NLRB

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was created in 1935 to be a neutral arbiter in the field of labor law. 

During the Obama administration, however, the agency engaged in an aggressive one-sided agenda aimed at growing labor unions at any cost. Rather than act as an impartial referee, it issued many decisions that overturned decades of well settled precedents intended to give unions an advantage in organizing campaigns. 

Restoring the appropriate balance to labor law will provide much-needed stability, and certainty for American businesses and workers. 

Fortunately, the NLRB has new members, including Chairman John Ring and a new General Counsel, who have already begun the work of revisiting Obama-era precedents. 

Learn more about what we're doing on issues related to NLRB.

Protecting Retirement Security

The Employment Policy Division is committed to protecting the retirement security of America’s workforce, and promoting policies that will continue the success of the private retirement system.

We seek to maintain a sound legal framework that encourages employers to offer retirement plans, address the demographic challenges facing the system, and encourage innovation and flexibility to help the private retirement system reach additional types of workers.

Learn more about what we're doing on retirement issues.

State Labor Issues

Advocates of increased regulation are not satisfied with just pursuing action at the federal level.  They have also taken their agenda to state and even local government.  

In the process, they are creating a patchwork of different standards that multi-state employers can find difficult to meet.  Significant state and local regulations include:

  •  - Minimum Wage
  •  - Misclassification
  •  - Wage Theft
  •  - Paid Leave
  •  - Regulating Pre-Employment Inquiries
  •  - Equal Pay
  •  - Labor Peace
  •  - Predictive Scheduling
  •  - Opportunity to Work
  •  - Overtime

 

Learn more about what we're doing on the state level.

The PRO Act

Unions and their allies are promoting a bill that would destabilize America’s workplaces and impose a long list of dangerous changes to labor law. The proposal, called the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (H.R. 2474 and S. 1306), is a litany of almost every failed idea from the past 30 years of labor policy. The PRO Act would undermine worker rights, ensnare employers in unrelated labor disputes, disrupt the economy, and force individual Americans to pay union dues regardless of their wishes. 

Recent Activity

ReportNov 21, 2019 - 11:45am
PRO Act Report Cover

Labor's Litany of Dangerous Ideas: The PRO Act

This paper highlights the major changes to the established framework of labor and employment relations that organized labor has in mind with the PRO Act. While it is unlikely to become law in the current Congress, the PRO Act is a harbinger of things to come if the political winds shift in 2020.

Letters to CongressNov 19, 2019 - 2:15pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on S. 982, the "Not Invisible Act of 2019"

This Hill letter was sent to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, supporting S. 982, the "Not Invisible Act of 2019."

ArticleNov 19, 2019 - 10:45am
NLRB

NLRB Issues Plan of Action to Resolve Recusal Issues 

Today, the NLRB issued a long-awaited report on how it will handle recusal issues going forward.

CommentNov 13, 2019 - 12:30pm

Letter opposing New Jersey Senate Bill S. 4204

The U.S. Chamber opposes Senate Bill 4204 (S. 4204), a bill that would amend New Jersey’s code to severely restrict the ability of employers to utilize the legitimate services of independent contractors.

Press ReleaseNov 12, 2019 - 11:15am

U.S. Chamber Statement on the Supreme Court's DACA Hearing

“It is extremely disappointing that we’ve reached a point where Congress has left the future of hundreds of thousands of young people to a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. Stripping DACA recipients of their ability to legally live and work in the country will harm them, their employers, their families, and their communities," said Bradley.

ArticleNov 07, 2019 - 11:30am
Boy Scouts sit by the World War Two Memorial in Washington, DC

Boy Scouts or Boycotts?

NLRB decides in favor of Kroger in union agent solicitation case and defines what can be considered "other distribution".

Letters to CongressNov 05, 2019 - 2:30pm

Coalition Letter to Senate Leadership in support of the SECURE Act of 2019

This coalition letter to the U.S. Senate urges quick action to pass H.R. 1994 is signed by more than 90 organizations.