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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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Suspected Sabotage Surfaces in Verizon Strike https://t.co/7ipgfEb5F5

04/28/2016

.@EdWorkforce examines DOL 'persuader' rule this AM https://t.co/RaETqx0GVs

04/28/2016

Fallout from 2011 micro union ruling by #NLRB impacts VW election appeal this week https://t.co/fanXlemu12

04/27/2016

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.

Timeline

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E.g., 04/28/2016
Press Release


WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten issued the following statement today regarding the House Armed Services Committee’s vote late last night accepting an amendment to the "National Defense Authorization Act" that would block President Obama's Executive Order on "Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" from applying to Department of Defense contracting actions:

9 hours 32 min ago
Letter

This letter regarding the markup of H.R. 4909, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017,” was sent to all Members of the House Committee on Armed Services.

2 days 5 hours ago
Letter
Dear Congressman Byrne:
 
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than three million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations, and dedicated to promoting, protecting, and defending America’s free enterprise system, supports H.J. Res. 87, a resolution of disapproval that would repeal the Department of Labor’s (DOL) recently finalized “persuader” regulation.
 
2 days 7 hours ago
Letter

This coalition letter of over 360 chambers of commerce and associations was sent to all Members of Congress urging them to cosponsor the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (S. 2707/H.R. 4773).

3 days 6 hours ago
Comment
Re: “Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors;” Comments regarding compliance burden estimate for DOL/WHD Information Collection Request under the Paperwork Reduction Act; ICR Reference No. 201512-1235-002 (for proposed new information collection clearance) and ICR Reference nos. 1235-0018 and 1235-0021 (revisions to existing information collection clearances)
 
Dear Mr. Waterman:
 
3 days 9 hours ago
Testimony
ON: Reviewing Recent Changes to OSHA’s Silica Standards
 
TO: U.S. House of Representatives
Committee on Education and Workforce
Subcommittee on Workforce Protections
 
DATE: April 19, 2016
 
BY: Henry Chajet, Esq. Jackson Lewis P.C.
 
1 week 2 days ago