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

CommentMay 26, 2020 - 10:30am

Letter to the White House Regarding Possible Expansion of the President’s April 22nd Proclamation on Immigration

May 26, 2020 The Honorable Larry Kudlow                               The Honorable Jared KushnerDirector                                                                  Senior Advisor to the PresidentNational Economic Council                                  The White HouseWashington, DC 20500                                        Washington, DC 20500

ArticleMay 20, 2020 - 11:00am
Virginia State Capitol

Virginia Passes Misclassification Statutes

Legislators in the Commonwealth of Virginia recently managed to pass several misclassification bills while others’ focus lay elsewhere.

ArticleMay 19, 2020 - 12:30pm

UI and Returning to Work: What You Need to Know

Over the past week, dozens of states have begun to reopen, allowing businesses to partially resume operations. Restaurants, retailers, gyms, and other service-oriented industries are calling on employees to return.

CommentMay 15, 2020 - 3:30pm

Coalition Letter to the White House on H-2B Visas

May 15, 2020 The Honorable Donald J. Trump President The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Trump:

ArticleMay 08, 2020 - 5:45pm

California Expands Workers’ Compensation through New Executive Order

Yesterday, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order (EO) N-62-20. The Order significantly expands current workers’ compensation policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Press ReleaseMay 06, 2020 - 2:30pm

U.S. Chamber Responds to California's Gig Economy Lawsuit Against Lyft, Uber

As America looks to get back to work, California’s officials serve up an injunction instead of incentives. The litigation filed by the Attorney General and City Attorneys is nothing short of an effort to drive successful businesses out of the state and deny opportunities to millions of workers.

CommentMay 01, 2020 - 12:15pm

Letter to IL Governor Pritzker on Worker's Compensation

The Honorable J.B. PritzkerGovernor of the State of Illinois207 State HouseSpringfield, IL 62706 Dear Governor Pritzker:

ArticleMay 01, 2020 - 10:00am
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Scalia Sets Record Straight on OSHA/DOL Actions Re: Workplace Safety and Coronavirus

One of the debates that has been flaring up recently is whether OSHA has taken the proper course in directing employers on how to protect employees from exposure to coronavirus by focusing on issuing guidance instead of a regulation.

ArticleApr 27, 2020 - 11:00am
West Virginia State Capitol Dome

Twice as Nice, Court Upholds West Virginia Right-to-Work Law for Good

The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia issued a decision upholding the constitutionality of West Virginia’s right-to-work statute.