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THIS WEEK: Subcommittee Hearing on Mandating a $15 Minimum Wage

On Wednesday, December 12 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections will hold a hearing on "Mandating a $15 Minimum Wage: Consequences for Workers and Small Businesses.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing will examine the potential effects on workers and small businesses of an increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. Witnesses Ms. Simone Barron Seattle, WA Dr. Joseph J. Sabia Professor of Economics San Diego Stat...

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The numbers are in on college completion

Christmas came early for those of you who’ve been waiting for more data on college completion rates. The Department of Education just released a preliminary report that tells us what we already know: we have a national college completion problem. We’ve worked hard to encourage access and enrollment at postsecondary institutions – and more Americans than ever are attending school – but once students arrive, many leave before attaining their degree or take far longer to graduate than they should. ...

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Foxx to Lead Committee Republicans in the 116th Congress

Click here to watch the video online. Today, the House Republican Conference approved Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) to lead Committee on Education and the Workforce Republicans in the 116th Congress. Upon the announcement, Chairwoman Foxx released the following statement: "The question on everyone’s mind used to be: ‘Where are the jobs?’ Today we have 7 million job opportunities waiting for workers to fill them. We have 4.5 million more jobs than we had two years ago, and a quarter of a million mor...

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Association Health Plans: "...a viable option for businesses and their employees."

Click here to watch the video online. Remarks as delivered: "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to share some good news with the House. Over a year and a half ago, we passed the Small Business Health Fairness Act. Small businesses were hit hard by flawed mandates, soaring costs, and limited choices under Obamacare. The Education and Workforce Committee worked hard to produce the Small Business Health Fairness Act, which expanded health care options and lowered costs for working families by encouraging s...

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ICYMI: Tens of thousands of minors will spend the holidays in a detention facility — Congress can help them

By Nila Bala & Naomi Smoot — Monday, November 26, 2018 Across the country, nearly 45,000 young people are spending tonight in a detention facility. In some states, records show children as young as 8 are ordered to serve time in youth jails for behaviors as minor as missing school, running away from home, and being out past curfew. While the number of young people who are locked away in our country has decreased dramatically in recent years, far too many children and youth remain unnecessarily ...

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THIS WEEK: Subcommittee Hearing on Mandating a $15 Minimum Wage

On Wednesday, December 12 at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections will hold a hearing on "Mandating a $15 Minimum Wage: Consequences for Workers and Small Businesses.” The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing will examine the potential effects on workers and small businesses of an increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. Witnesses Ms. Simone Barron Seattle, WA Dr. Joseph J. Sabia Professor of Economics San Diego Stat...

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Foxx to Lead Committee Republicans in the 116th Congress

Click here to watch the video online. Today, the House Republican Conference approved Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) to lead Committee on Education and the Workforce Republicans in the 116th Congress. Upon the announcement, Chairwoman Foxx released the following statement: "The question on everyone’s mind used to be: ‘Where are the jobs?’ Today we have 7 million job opportunities waiting for workers to fill them. We have 4.5 million more jobs than we had two years ago, and a quarter of a million mor...

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Foxx Statement on the Department of Education’s Proposed Title IX Regulations

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, released the following statement upon the announcement of the Department of Education’s proposed Title IX regulations: “We have an obligation to do all we can to prevent sexual assault and hold perpetrators accountable. The Obama administration did serious damage with its arbitrary Title IX guidance. Today’s announcement that the Department of Education has begun the open, formal process of bringing poli...

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Foxx Statement on the White House's Pledge to the American Worker

To watch online, click here. Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, released the following statement after President Trump’s White House event honoring America’s workers: "The Pledge to the American Worker, shared by the administration, Congress, and leaders from businesses small and large from across the country, is producing real results. The economy is booming, unemployment is at near-historic lows, and America’s families and workers have...

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Committee Members Urge NLRB to Continue Positive Reforms

Members of the Committee on Education and the Workforce today sent a letter to Chairman John Ring of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) lauding the Board’s work to restore a commonsense application of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) in its recent rulings. The letter noted how under the Obama administration, the NLRB imposed heavy and costly regulatory burdens on local businesses and job creators. Republican Members of the Committee praised the new Board’s ongoing efforts to reesta...

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Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act

BACKGROUND Americans face a job market that is vastly different from the one that existed a generation ago. Advances in technology and the growth of a global economy have dramatically changed the kinds of jobs that are available, making high-quality education and skills development vital to competing in today’s workplaces. In recent years, Congress has enacted reforms to improve K-12 education and modernize the nation’s workforce development system. However, more must be done to help all America...

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Save Local Business Act

BACKGROUND: Hiring. Work schedules. Pay increases. These are all decisions that take place between an employer and an employee. However, in 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) placed itself squarely in the middle of the employer-employee relationship, changing it in a way that hurt working families and small businesses but empowered union interests. This prompted a similar expansion of the joint employer standard under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). With these actions, the Obam...

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Save Local Business Act Bill Summary

BACKGROUND For more than 30 years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) considered two or more employers “joint employers” if they had “actual,” “direct,” and “immediate” control over essential terms and conditions of employment. This standard provided stability and legal clarity for employers large and small, especially local franchisees and subcontractors. Unfortunately, unelected NLRB bureaucrats, federal regulators, and activist judges have taken steps to dramatically change what const...

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Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act

BACKGROUND: Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that exists not only in foreign countries, but in every state in the United States. This atrocious crime involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to force victims into labor or commercial sexual exploitation. The International Labor Organization estimates there are 21 million victims of human trafficking in what is a $150 billion criminal enterprise. In 2016, 7,572 trafficking cases in the U.S. were reported to the National Huma...

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Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act of 2017

BACKGROUND: With its 2004 San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino decision, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) overturned long-standing precedent and began using a subjective test to determine when and where to assert its jurisdiction over Native American tribes. Prior to this decision, the NLRB respected the sovereignty of tribes, holding that they were generally free from outside intervention. The board now decides on a case-by-case basis whether a tribal business on tribal land is for comm...

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Opening Statement by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Chairwoman, Committee on Education and the Workforce Hearing on “Examining First Amendment Rights on Campus.”

Good morning, and welcome to today’s hearing. I thank our panel of witnesses and our members for being here today as we talk about freedom of expression on college campuses and how postsecondary institutions are and are not respecting individuals’ First Amendment rights. Here at the Education and Workforce Committee, we talk a lot about the importance of all education. Education has the power to change lives, and every form of instruction that focuses on developing a student’s skills is valuable...

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Opening Statement of Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Chairman, Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development on “On-the-Job: Rebuilding the Workforce through Apprenticeships.”

Good morning, and welcome to today’s subcommittee hearing. I would like to thank members of the subcommittee and our witnesses for joining us today as we examine ways in which we can continue to strengthen our national workforce development efforts and help more Americans get the skills they need to land in-demand jobs. In the last several years, we have seen an economic boom take place under Republican leadership in Congress and the White House. The job market is strong and unemployment is at n...

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Opening Statement of Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), Chairman, Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions

Good morning, and welcome to today’s subcommittee hearing. I would like to thank members of the subcommittee and our witnesses for joining us today as we discuss H.R. 4219, the Workflex in the 21st Century Act. The American workplace continues to evolve in many positive ways, reflecting changes in employer and employee needs, attitudes, and preferences. Traditionally, competitive salaries and pay raises have been the primary ways for employers to attract and retain quality employees. While these...

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Opening Statement of Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) Chairman, Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Hearing on “Examining the Summer Food Service Program.”

Good morning, and welcome to today’s subcommittee hearing. I would like to thank members of the subcommittee and our witnesses for joining us today to examine the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program and discuss how we can responsibly ensure that the most disadvantaged children have access to nutritious meals during the summer months. Last Congress, we considered legislation to reform this program by reinvesting funds from other child nutrition programs that were in many cases benefiting middle-cl...

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Opening Statement of Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), Chairman, Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions

Good morning, and welcome to today’s subcommittee hearing. I would like to thank members of the subcommittee and our witnesses for being here today as we examine important and timely topics – current trends in the U.S. labor market, their benefits for American workers, and a review of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) labor market economic information and methodologies. On the first of June, BLS released its May 2018 Employment Situation Report, which detailed the most recent data on U.S. em...

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Letter to U.S. Secretary of Education | Borrower Defense Letter

September 19, 2018 The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland A venue, SW Washington, DC 20202 Dear Secretary DeVos: On July 31 , 2018, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) proposed new institutional accountability regulations to streamline and improve the borrower defense to repayment (borrower defense) process. Students defrauded by an institution of higher education must have a clearly established and navigable process to submit a claim. Unfortunate...

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Letter to U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta | Worker Centers

June 28, 2018 The Honorable R. Alexander Acosta Secretary U.S. Department of Labor 200 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20210 Dear Secretary Acosta: We are following up regarding the Department of Labor’s (the Department) March 6, 2018, letter in response to our January 18, 2018, letter about union “worker centers” and their regulation through the Office of Labor Management Standards (OLMS) under the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA or the Act). As you know, the Committ...

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Letter to U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta | Worker Centers

January 18, 20 I 8 The Honorable R. Alexander Acosta Secretary U.S. Department of Labor 200 Constitution A venue, NW Washington, DC 20210 Dear Secretary Acosta: We are writing to you regarding a longstanding interest of the Committee on Education and the Workforce (Committee), namely the proliferation of opaquely financed, union-backed organizations known as "worker centers" over the past decade. In the view of many stakeholders and interested parties, including members of our Committee, these s...

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Implementation

The Honorable R. Alexander Acosta Secretary U.S. Department of Labor 200 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington , DC 20210 Dear Secretary Acosta: The bipartisan Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), which passed in 2014, made important reforms to our nation's workforce development system. These reforms make the workforce development system more responsive to the needs of both employers and job seekers. Our workforce development system will only be effective in helping Americans find good ...

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Foxx Calls on Department of Labor to Answer for Lack of Safety and Security in Job Corps Program

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce today, sent a letter to Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta requesting additional answers on oversight questions about safety and security lapses within the Job Corps program. “I continue to have concerns about the safety and security of students participating in the Job Corps program,” wrote Foxx. “The very purpose of the program is to serve those who are hard to serve and the first way to accomplish tha...

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The numbers are in on college completion

Christmas came early for those of you who’ve been waiting for more data on college completion rates. The Department of Education just released a preliminary report that tells us what we already know: we have a national college completion problem. We’ve worked hard to encourage access and enrollment at postsecondary institutions – and more Americans than ever are attending school – but once students arrive, many leave before attaining their degree or take far longer to graduate than they should. ...

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Association Health Plans: "...a viable option for businesses and their employees."

Click here to watch the video online. Remarks as delivered: "Mr. Speaker, I rise today to share some good news with the House. Over a year and a half ago, we passed the Small Business Health Fairness Act. Small businesses were hit hard by flawed mandates, soaring costs, and limited choices under Obamacare. The Education and Workforce Committee worked hard to produce the Small Business Health Fairness Act, which expanded health care options and lowered costs for working families by encouraging s...

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ICYMI: Tens of thousands of minors will spend the holidays in a detention facility — Congress can help them

By Nila Bala & Naomi Smoot — Monday, November 26, 2018 Across the country, nearly 45,000 young people are spending tonight in a detention facility. In some states, records show children as young as 8 are ordered to serve time in youth jails for behaviors as minor as missing school, running away from home, and being out past curfew. While the number of young people who are locked away in our country has decreased dramatically in recent years, far too many children and youth remain unnecessarily ...

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ICYMI: NC restaurant and lodging group offers health insurance to hospitality businesses with between 2 and 99 full-time employees

By Richard Craver — Thursday, November 20, 2018 The N.C. Restaurant & Lodging Association said Tuesday it will offer the state's first association health plan. The association's benefit trust will be available to hotels, restaurants, country clubs, bars and other small hospitality businesses with between two and 99 full-time employees. How much the plan would cost employees was unclear. Association members have to request a quote for themselves and their employees, and rates are based on a vari...

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National Apprenticeship Week: “... a viable and valuable path for American Workers."

Here at the Committee on Education and the Workforce, we are celebrating National Apprenticeship Week. Watch what Chairwoman Foxx had to say about the historic progress we have made this Congress strengthening the workforce and connecting students with the skills they need to build a successful life. Click here to watch the video online. Remarks as delivered: "Thank you, Mr. Speaker. This is National Apprenticeship Week and a good time to celebrate the renewed attention that apprenticeships have...

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