The United States economy is supported by a highly innovative, creative, productive, and industrious workforce. The jobs that make up the U.S. economy—and the businesses that create those jobs—help workers provide for their families and lead healthy, comfortable, and fulfilling lives. To keep the economy vibrant and to continue to create opportunity for workers, we must ensure that new businesses can be launched and current ones can be expanded. The U.S. Chamber promotes workplace policies that will enhance, not inhibit, economic growth and job creation.

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Our Position

U.S. employers are being bombarded with poorly conceived and ill-fitting regulations, coupled with over-the-top and ideologically driven enforcement tactics from the various federal departments that cover the workplace. The Chamber’s Labor, Immigration, and Employee Benefits Division and Workforce Freedom Initiative focus on advancing employer concerns and interests in a wide array of policy debates.  From pushing back on flawed OSHA proposed regulations, to leading the fight against National Labor Relations Board actions that would enhance unions’ ability to organize, to exposing the unions’ role in the efforts to impose a $15 “living wage,” the Chamber is the leading employer voice on matters affecting workplace policy.

Ultimately, the Chamber’s goal is to ensure that the employer view is well represented in the key policy debates that will determine how employers operate. The Chamber strives to ensure that business can continue to do what it does best—provide promising opportunities, steady jobs, good wages, and generous benefits to American workers.

Major priorities include:

  • We are fighting back against the NLRB’s “Ambush Election” Rule, which significantly shortens the time between a union filing a request for an election and the date the election is actually held. Accelerating the union election process deprives employers of their right to communicate with their employees the impacts of unionizing.
  • We oppose minimum wage increases and living wage laws that ultimately hurt entry level workers. Economic studies have shown that mandatory wage hikes price the lowest skilled workers out of jobs. If companies are forced to pay an arbitrarily higher wage, they will seek workers with skills to match.
  • We oppose the NLRB’s decision to overturn its long-standing “joint employer” standard. The move needlessly upends existing law and undermines a clear-cut standard that has increased businesses’ flexibility and competitiveness and created employment opportunities for millions of Americans for 30 years.
  • We support restoring the definition of a full-time work week to 40 hours, which has been the bedrock of the American workforce for more than 50 years. The Affordable Care Act redefined the full-time work week to 30-hours so that employers would be forced to offer health care coverage to more workers. But the change in law is actually harming employees because businesses have little choice but to reduce hours or stop hiring to mitigate costs.
  • We oppose efforts to rewrite labor and employment laws in ways that will prevent well established and proven federal contractors from being able to continue providing the federal government with vital goods and services.
  • We oppose the administration’s initiative to rewrite regulations changing who is eligible to earn overtime compensation. Forcing employers to reclassify employees from salaried employees to hourly employees will result in a loss of status, benefits, and no increased earnings.

Take Action

By raising the salary threshold for executive, administrative, and professional employees, employers will be forced to decide whether to reclassify millions of employees to non-exempt status or increase their salaries to keep them exempt. Workers would be paid only for hours they actually work, and may not actually earn overtime as many employers will limit their work hours to fewer than 40 in a week.

Add your name to tell the DOL that this proposed rule will not boost employees' income, but instead will force employers to reduce employees' flexibility, benefits, and growth opportunities.


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Issue Brief

On Wednesday August 24, the administration released (pre-Federal Register issuance) their package of final Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council regulations and DOL guidance to implement Executive Order 13673, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, aka, “blacklisting.” The Order will require prospective federal contractors to disclose their “violations” (as broadly defined by the DOL guidance) of 14 labor and workplace laws before receiving a contract award. Agencies will use this information to determine whether prospective contractors are responsible sources that should be awarded contracts.

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 5:00pm
Op Ed

By Glenn Spencer

The presidential debate tour heads west this week on the way from New York to Nevada, with the second of three debates featuring Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump taking place Sunday in St. Louis. If past debates are any guide, however, the debate stage may not be the only place one will see fireworks...

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 6:00am
Op Ed

By Glenn Spencer

Many employers have established what are called corporate social responsibility programs (CSR). Businesses get involved with CSR for a variety of reasons including a desire to support their communities and assist worthy charities. CSR has been summed up by the phrase “doing well and doing good...”

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 1:30pm
Above the Fold
One year after its opening, federal and local regulations have forced Cantina 1910 out of business

Last September, Chicago entrepreneurs Mark Robertson and Mike Sullivan opened the doors to Cantina 1910 in the city’s Andersonville neighborhood, culminating two years of planning, recruiting and extensive construction.

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 10:30am