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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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All mixed up at the #NLRB: The Miller & Anderson decision https://t.co/t6142OXq7g


#NLRB 'builds on its destructive joint-employer standard' @WSJopinion https://t.co/H2X8VxFUon


.@ocregister editorial on @USChamber report: excessive CA labor regs prevent 'jobs from being created' https://t.co/vU3MbOt0Ti


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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This multi-association letter regarding the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673 and the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act was sent to all Members of the Conference Committee on the NDAA, as well as the House and Senate Armed Services Committees.

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This letter regarding the FY17 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill was sent to all Members of the House Committee on Appropriations.

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Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new report released today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Freedom Initiative (WFI) highlights the challenges posed to California’s economy by the state’s increasingly heavy level of labor and employment regulation.The Long-Run Effects of Employment Regulation on California’s Economy shows the state’s performance slipping in numerous economic measures compared to the rest of the United States...

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Thanks in part to such natural and man-made advantages as a favorable climate, excellent universities, and a culture of innovation, California’s economy traditionally has surpassed the rest of the United States on many measures of economic performance. At the same time, California is one of the most heavily regulated markets in the United States, and research has shown that excessive regulation adversely affects economic performance...

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