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Labor Relations / Unions

White House proposes 10% budget cut for DOL

President Trump’s budget request, released March 11, seeks $10.9 billion for DOL activities in fiscal year 2020, about $1.9 less than FY 2019.

Federal court revives EEO-1 pay reporting requirement

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on March 4 vacated a Trump administration stay of an EEO-1 reporting requirement that was promulgated during the Obama administration but never implemented.

Court sends NLRB back to drawing board on joint employment

A recent court decision has added new pressure on the National Labor Relations Board to develop a joint-employer standard that allows employers a reasonable level of control over their relationships with providers of contract labor.

EEO-1 reporting dates delayed

The partial federal government shut-down has pushed back this year’s launch of EEO-1 Survey reporting until a yet-to-be determined date in early March.

43% of Department of Labor appointments still vacant

More than two years into President Trump’s term, 43% of Department of Labor positions requiring Senate confirmation remain unfilled, according to an analysis by the nonpartisan, nonprofit Partnership for Public Service.

They’re independent contractors! NLRB ruling limits gig workers’ right to form or join a labor union

In a big win for employers, the National Labor Relations Board has adopted a broad definition to distinguish independent contractors from employees, making it difficult for contractors to form or join a union.

Blocked by senator, Feldblum won’t seek another EEOC term

Former EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum announced Jan. 14 she will drop her bid to serve another term after Sen. Mike Lee (R.–Utah) blocked her nomination.

Court sends Browning-Ferris back to NLRB

Employers have been seeking to overturn Browning-Ferris since the day it was issued, and had pinned their hopes on a legal challenge filed in March 2017. The Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled on that lawsuit Dec. 28, and employers are … confused.

New Congress, old committee

One of their first orders of business after House Democrats were sworn in on Jan. 3: renaming the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Government shutdown forces EEOC to scale back operations

Until Congress and President Trump can agree on a funding scheme to fully reopen the government, EEOC staff members are not available to respond to public inquiries.