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There is considerable activity in Congress and in federal government agencies on equal employment opportunity (EEO) issues. This page presents an overview of some of the more significant EEO policy debates, the Chamber's positions and actions on these issues, and resources for further information.
In May, Congress enacted a minimum wage increase to $7.25 an hour phased in over two years, as part of the Iraq supplemental spending bill. The spending bill also includes a $4.84 billion tax relief package for small businesses designed to offset the impact of the wage increase.
BackgroundTitle III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that any entity providing services to the public, such as hotels, restaurants, theaters, stadiums, offices, and retailers, be accessible to persons with disabilities, subject to certain limitations. Requirements cover existing facilities, remodeling, and new construction.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has several important policy priorities related to union-management relations laws and union financial disclosure.
Organized labor's top legislative priority is the deceptively-named Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 800, S. 1041), better known as the Card Check Bill. The Chamber strongly opposes this legislation, which would upend decades of settled labor law in order to give organized labor an unfair advantage in union organizing, at the expense of both employees and employers.