Labor Relations Committee

The committee focuses on a wide range of labor and employment issues, including: employment nondiscrimination, minimum wage and wage-hour, occupational safety and health, immigration, labor-management relations, union corporate/strategic campaigns, workplace privacy, work-family issues and leave mandates, and emerging international labor policy issues.

The committee focuses on a wide range of labor and employment issues, including: employment nondiscrimination, minimum wage and wage-hour, occupational safety and health, immigration, labor-management relations, union corporate/strategic campaigns, workplace privacy, work-family issues and leave mandates, and emerging international labor policy issues. The committee’s work reflects the Chamber's commitment to crafting sound labor and employment policies in the interest of our members and their employees and to counterbalancing the efforts of other groups advocating the erosion of management rights. 

This committee has a number of active subcommittees. They are: Wage, Hour, and Leave; Immigration; Equal Employment Opportunity; Occupational Safety and Health; and National Labor Relations Act. In addition, the committee has a task force on human trafficking that develops best practices, highlights employer programs, and reviews legislative responses. 

Recent Activity

CommentFeb 25, 2021 - 9:00am

Comments to DOL on Delay of Effective Date of Independent Contractor Rule

Ms. Amy DeBisschop Division of Regulations, Legislation, and Interpretation

ArticleFeb 24, 2021 - 12:30pm
Tops Markets Store Front

The Hazards of Hazard Pay Part II

As this blog recently noted, the issue of “hazard pay” is drawing increasing attention.  Originally confined to the west coast, proposed legislation around hazard pay has now spread to additional jurisdictions such as Illinois and Massachusetts.

CommentFeb 24, 2021 - 12:00pm

Letter to West Virginia Senate on Paycheck Protection Bill

February 24, 2021 The Honorable Craig BlairLieutenant Governor &President of the SenateRoom 229M, Building 1State Capitol ComplexCharleston, WV 25305 Dear Lieutenant Governor Blair :

CommentFeb 19, 2021 - 12:15pm

Letter to West Virginia Senate on Universal Recognition of Occupational Licenses

February 19, 2021 The Honorable Craig BlairLieutenant Governor &President of the SenateRoom 229M, Building 1State Capitol ComplexCharleston, WV 25305 Dear Lieutenant Governor Blair:

CommentFeb 16, 2021 - 7:30pm

Coalition Letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken

BridgeUSA Coalition BridgeUSA CoalitionFebruary 16, 2021The Honorable Antony BlinkenSecretary of StateUnited States Department of StateWashington, D.C. 20520 Dear Secretary Blinken:

CommentFeb 16, 2021 - 7:15pm

Comments to DOL re: Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States:

Administrator Brian Pasternak Office of Foreign Labor Certification Employment and Training Administration U.S. Department of Labor

ArticleFeb 10, 2021 - 8:45am

House Ways & Means Releases UI Proposal

President Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan has entered into the markup phase of the legislation process. This week, House committees will debate and make edits to their respective proposals of the package.

Press ReleaseFeb 04, 2021 - 2:15pm

U.S. Chamber Denounces Reintroduction of the PRO Act

Today, Senate HELP Chair Patty Murray and House Education and Labor Chair Bobby Scott (D-Va.) reintroduced the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act). The legislation, which claims to be pro-worker, would force employees to pay union dues regardless of whether they support a union, threaten private ballots in union elections, and strip workers of their independent contractor classification. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Senior Vice President of the Employment Policy Division, Glenn Spencer, issued the following statement after today's reintroduction...

ArticleFeb 04, 2021 - 12:15pm
Pike Place Market

The Hazards of Hazard Pay

As the COVID-19 pandemic approaches the one year mark and we continue to see a K-shaped recovery, the issue of “hazard pay” for individuals in certain industries has been a topic of ongoing discussion.  When first proposed in the HEROES Act last year, Democrats in Congress

ArticleJan 31, 2021 - 12:00pm

Biden Signs Executive Order on Unemployment Insurance

On January 22, President Biden signed Executive Order 14002, Economic Relief Related to the Covid-19 Pandemic. The EO does not explicitly call for unemployment insurance (UI) payments.