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

ArticleAug 08, 2019 - 12:00pm
New York City

New York’s Minimum Wage Case Study

New York City’s new $15/hour minimum wage went into effect this year, and business owners already are feeling the predictable consequences.

ArticleJul 26, 2019 - 4:45pm
Pension Crisis sign

House vote on multiemployer pension funding recognizes there is a problem, but more is needed

As the multiemployer pension funding crisis looms, its now up to the Senate to act.

Letters to CongressJul 24, 2019 - 10:45am

U.S. Chamber Letter to the Senate on H.R. 1994, "SECURE Act"

This letter was sent to the United States Senate supporting H.R. 1994, the "Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019."

ArticleJul 23, 2019 - 3:00pm

Third Time’s a Charm? DOL Proposes Union Trust Reporting (Again)

The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking to implement the Form T-1 for union-related trusts.

ArticleJul 19, 2019 - 3:00pm
U.S. Capitol Building

House Passes $15 per hour Minimum Wage Increase

The U.S. House of Representatives passed (231-199) H.R. 582, the Raise the Wage Act, to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

ArticleJul 19, 2019 - 8:45am
Francis Perkins Building, headquarters of the U.S. Department of Labor.

U.S. Chamber Statement on New DOL Secretary Nominee

U.S. Chamber Senior Vice President for Employment Policy Glenn Spencer released the following statement on New DOL Secretary Nominee.

Letters to CongressJul 16, 2019 - 4:30pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on H.R. 582, "Raise the Wage Act"

The U.S. Chamber opposes H.R. 582, the "Raise the Wage Act."

Letters to CongressJul 16, 2019 - 3:45pm

U.S. Chamber Key Vote Alert! on H.R. 582, "Raise the Wage Act"

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives, opposing H.R. 582, the "Raise the Wage Act."

ArticleJul 09, 2019 - 9:15am

DOL Restores Independent Contractor Classification

Federal agencies charged with enforcing various labor laws are gradually addressing evolving gig-economy employment relationships.

Letters to CongressJul 08, 2019 - 4:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter Supporting the Nomination of John Pallasch for Assistant Secretary of the Employment Training Administration

This letter was sent to the United States Senate supporting the nomination of John Pallasch for Assistant Secretary of the Employment Training Administration within the U.S. Department of Labor.