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A Better Way in September

House Republicans have been working to provide Americans A Better Way, moving forward with a bold policy agenda to tackle the country’s challenges. September was no exception, with the Committee on Education and the Workforce advancing positive solutions that will help individuals compete in the workforce, prepare for the future, and achieve a lifetime of success. Here are a few things we’ve been up to: Preparing Students to Compete in the Workforce – Career and technical education has helped co...

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Kline, Walberg Respond to New DOL and EEOC Rules

Rep. John Kline (R-MN), chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), chairman of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, released the following joint statement after the Department of Labor finalized new rules affecting federal contractors and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued new requirements regarding federal collection of employee pay data: We are now more than seven years into the slowest economic recovery in generati...

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House Stands with Workers, Students, Vulnerable Individuals

Today, the House passed the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act (H.R. 6094), legislation introduced by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), chairman of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, to require a six-month delay in the effective date of the Department of Labor’s extreme and partisan overtime rule. Finalized in May, the unprecedented rule doubles the salary threshold for overtime eligibility and requires automatic adjustments every three years while doing nothing t...

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Kline Statement: Debate on H.R. 6094, the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act

In 2014, the Department of Labor began an effort to update federal overtime rules. There would have been strong bipartisan support for that effort if the department had pursued a responsible approach. In fact, we have spent years engaging in this issue because we believe federal overtime rules need to be modernized—both to strengthen protections for workers and to provide more clarity and certainty for employers. Unfortunately, the department took a different approach and finalized an extreme ru...

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Walberg Statement: Debate on H.R. 6094, the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act

I was proud to introduce this legislation to provide small businesses, colleges and universities, and nonprofit organizations much-needed relief from a fundamentally flawed rule that will do more harm than good. It’s unfortunate this legislation is necessary in the first place. For over two years, Republicans have urged the department to update our nation’s overtime rules responsibly. These rules serve as important protections for America’s workers, but the existing regulatory structure is extre...

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On Overtime Rule, Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Colleges and Universities Ask Congress for More Time

Today, the House will consider H.R. 6094, the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act. Introduced by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), chairman of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, the legislation will provide a much-needed six-month delay in the effective date of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rule. Despite Republican calls for a responsible update of federal overtime rules, in May, DOL finalized an extreme and partisan rule that many are concerned will...

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The Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act

BACKGROUND The Fair Labor Standards Act establishes important protections for America’s workers. For example, certain workers are entitled to overtime pay, which is defined as time-and-one-half the employees’ regular rate of pay for hours worked in excess of 40 hours a week. Workers who are exempt from overtime must be paid above a minimum salary threshold and perform certain duties. However, despite the importance of these protections, the regulatory structure implementing the law is overly co...

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