Maury Baskin's Articles

What Merit Shop Contractors Should Expect From the Trump Administration

While controversies over the first nominee for Secretary of Labor slowed implementation of the Trump administration’s labor agenda during the first 100 days of the president’s term, construction industry leaders are already seeing a sharp contrast with the anti-business agenda of the Obama administration, as federal labor agencies have begun to review and in some cases retract burdensome regulations imposed by previous officials. 

Obama Administration Accelerates Anti-Business Labor Agenda

As the Obama administration nears its conclusion, federal labor agencies seem intent on issuing as many burdensome and anti-business regulations as possible. Many of the new rules are unprecedented in their scope and change decades of policies on which employers have come to rely. 

Labor Regulators Continue to Pursue Anti-Business Agenda

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued the most sweeping changes to its union election procedures in more than 50 years. These changes are designed to dramatically speed up elections and will clearly work to the advantage of union organizers. Also expected soon is a new standard for “joint employer” status and a new “blacklisting” regulation from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), as well as significant anti-business changes to rules governing overtime exemptions for “white collar” employees.

Regulators Reset Their Agenda After Tumultuous Year in Labor Law

The Obama administration’s anti-business agenda in 2013 sparked numerous legal challenges impacting the merit shop construction industry. Many labor law “firsts” occurred in last year, particularly in regard to the NLRB, DOL, PLA and PPACA.

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