Sean P. Redmond

Sean P. Redmond
Executive Director, Labor Policy

Sean P. Redmond is Executive Director, Labor Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 

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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 included federal funds to provide hazard pay.  The HEROES Act ultimately did not pass.  Now, however, some local jurisdictions are mandating unfunded hazard pa

2020 Union Membership: A Mixed Bag

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on January 22 released its annual estimate of union membership in the United States.  This year’s report showed that union membership rose from 10.3 percent to 10.8 percent of the total workforce in 2020, reversing previous declines of 0.2 percentage points from the prior two years. However, despite the percentage increase, the story is a little more complicated, as the total number of union members actually dropped by 321,000 to 14.3 million.

California Voters Pass Proposition 22

In the days after an election, one can find countless articles analyzing the results of myriad races, and to be sure, this year is no exception. While some aspects of the 2020 election remain unresolved one item of interest in California was settled decisively.

California Passes New Supplemental Leave Requirement

It’s been a busy legislative year in the Golden State, where lawmakers continue to find ways to make doing business there more complicated. On September 9, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB 1867, which adds a new supplemental paid leave requirement for absences related to COVID-19.