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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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Members Introduce the Save Local Business Act

Today, at a press conference with small business owners, members introduced the Save Local Business Act (H.R. 3441). The legislation, sponsored by Subcommittee Chairman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), rolls back the extreme joint employer scheme to protect American jobs and entrepreneurship. The bill has received bipartisan support with 29 co-sponsors. Upon introduction, members released the following statements: “Federal labor policies should be focused on benefiting workers and helping small businesses ...

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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 consti...

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"Outsmarting the skills gap"

The Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development held a hearing today, exploring earn-and-learn opportunities for workers through apprenticeship programs. The Subcommittee also heard how changes to the Registered Apprenticeship program may improve opportunities for employees and lead to greater employer participation. Today’s hearing builds on the committee’s ongoing efforts to strengthen workforce development and education, while continuing to raise awareness of apprenticeships, a...

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Members to Push Legislation to Save Local Businesses

On Thursday, July 27 at 10:00 a.m., Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and a bipartisan group of members will hold a press conference with local business operators to discuss a legislative solution to the job-crushing joint employer scheme. WHO: • Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) • Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), chairman of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections • Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, ...

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Members Introduce the Save Local Business Act

Today, at a press conference with small business owners, members introduced the Save Local Business Act (H.R. 3441). The legislation, sponsored by Subcommittee Chairman Bradley Byrne (R-AL), rolls back the extreme joint employer scheme to protect American jobs and entrepreneurship. The bill has received bipartisan support with 29 co-sponsors. Upon introduction, members released the following statements: “Federal labor policies should be focused on benefiting workers and helping small businesses ...

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"Outsmarting the skills gap"

The Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development held a hearing today, exploring earn-and-learn opportunities for workers through apprenticeship programs. The Subcommittee also heard how changes to the Registered Apprenticeship program may improve opportunities for employees and lead to greater employer participation. Today’s hearing builds on the committee’s ongoing efforts to strengthen workforce development and education, while continuing to raise awareness of apprenticeships, a...

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Members to Push Legislation to Save Local Businesses

On Thursday, July 27 at 10:00 a.m., Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and a bipartisan group of members will hold a press conference with local business operators to discuss a legislative solution to the job-crushing joint employer scheme. WHO: • Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) • Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), chairman of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections • Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, ...

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Foxx, Scott Hear From Business Leaders, Advocates, and Youth About Importance of Employing Opportunity Youth

Today, Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (NC-05), along with Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) hosted a bipartisan panel discussion with business leaders, advocates, and youth on the return on investment in hiring opportunity youth, barriers to hiring opportunity youth, and employer-led solutions to youth unemployment. Nearly 5 million young people, aged 16 to 24, are out of school and work. Many of these young people–whether they have personal barriers, such as involvement in the juvenile or criminal j...

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Committee Approves Legislation to Repeal Fiduciary Rule, Strengthen Protections for Retirement Savers

Today, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), approved the Affordable Retirement Advice for Savers Act (H.R. 2823). Introduced by Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), the legislation protects access to affordable retirement advice by overturning the Obama administration’s fiduciary rule while requiring retirement advisors to serve the best interests of their clients. Following the markup, members released the following statements: “A rule requiring sound retir...

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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 consti...

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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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Affordable Retirement Advice for Savers Act

BACKGROUND: Far too many men and women are leaving the workforce without the financial security they need when they retire. In fact, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office, 29 percent of households with individuals over the age of 55 have no retirement savings or traditional pension. Now more than ever, we need policies that make it easier for Americans to successfully plan for their retirement years. In 2016, the Obama administration finalized the flawed fiduciary rule, t...

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Chairwoman Foxx Opening Statement: Markup of H.R. 2823, the Affordable Retirement Advice for Savers Act

After decades of hard work, retirement should be a time to spend with family and grandchildren, explore new hobbies, and simply enjoy life. But today, Americans across the country are having a hard time putting enough money aside for their retirement years. It can be very challenging. Many individuals don’t even know where to begin, and so they turn to a trusted financial advisor to help them plan for the future. Here in Washington, we need to do everything we can to empower more Americans to re...

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Statement by Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN): Markup of H.R. 2823, the Affordable Retirement Advice for Savers Act

For years, the Committee on Education and the Workforce has been fighting to preserve access to affordable retirement advice. Since the Obama administration first proposed changes to the policies governing retirement advice, we’ve led oversight efforts here in Congress. As the former chairman of the subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, I presided over a number of hearings where we heard firsthand how this new rule will jeopardize small business retirement plans, make it harde...

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Chairwoman Foxx Opening Statement: Hearing on “ESSA Implementation: Exploring State and Local Reform Efforts”

ESSA can be considered a milestone for K-12 policy because it was a monumental shift in the role states and school districts would have in the future of education. ESSA sought to achieve two specific goals for K-12 education: autonomy and accountability. States and school districts were given new independence when creating a K-12 education program that works best for their own students, ending a “Washington knows best” approach to education. Additionally, ESSA specifically prohibited the federal...

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Rep. Todd Rokita Opening Statement: Hearing on “Opportunities for State Leadership of Early Childhood Programs”

A child’s early development lays critical groundwork for he or she to succeed in the future. While a parent is the ultimate decider of what is best for their own child’s early development, the federal government has had a role in childcare for over 50 years. With enactment of the Head Start Act in 1965, a by-product of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty, the federal government established its role helping promote healthy development of vulnerable children in their earliest—and arguably—mo...

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Chairwoman Foxx Statement: Hearing on “Redefining Joint Employer Standards: Barriers to Job Creation and Entrepreneurship”

Small businesses are the driving force behind the American economy. They employ millions of Americans, bring communities together, and provide services we rely on each and every day. So many individuals have achieved the American Dream by owning a small business. One of the reasons we’re the greatest, most prosperous nation in the history of the world is because of the opportunity for people to take a risk, start a small business, and achieve a lifetime of success. As a former small business own...

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Chairwoman Foxx Writes to Secretary DeVos on FSA COO

June 9, 2017 The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary Department of Education 400 Maryland Ave, SW Washington, DC 20202 Dear Secretary DeVos: On May 24, the Department of Education (Department) announced the resignation of James Runcie as chief operating officer for the Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA). Reports indicate his resignation was an outcome of his refusal to testify in a U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) hearing examining improper payments related to student ...

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Committee Leaders Write to President Trump on NLRB Nominees

The President The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, DC 20500 May 30, 2017 Dear Mr. President: The Committee on Education and the Workforce is committed to working with your administration to promote job growth, encourage economic opportunity, and protect the rights of workers. We applaud the many steps your administration has taken thus far to accomplish these goals. In particular, we are pleased Phillip A. Miscimarra was named Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB...

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Senate, House Education Committees Request Education Department Take Steps to Assist Students While FAFSA Tool Is Unavailable

The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary of Education U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202 Dear Secretary DeVos: On March 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education (Department) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a joint press release announcing the temporary suspension of the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) due to privacy concerns. Protecting taxpayer and student privacy is vitally important, and we are concerned about any potential attempts to misuse se...

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Congressional Leaders Write to Secretary DeVos on FAFSA Data Retrieval Tool Outage

The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary of Education U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20202 Dear Secretary DeVos: We are writing about your recent notification that the Internal Revenue Service Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) is currently unavailable. We appreciate the initial actions taken by the U.S. Department of Education (Department) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to address this issue, and we are writing to obtain further information about the cause and ...

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Committee Leaders Write to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Oversight Efforts

The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Ave, SW Washington, D.C. 20202 Dear Secretary DeVos: The Committee on Education and the Workforce (Committee) congratulates you on your confirmation as Secretary of the Department of Education (Department). The Department is under the Committee’s jurisdiction, so we are eager to establish an effective and collaborative working relationship with you and your staff during the 115th Congress. A significant part of that r...

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ICYMI: Congress Must Act to Protect Local Businesses From Joint Employer Scheme

By Chairwoman Virginia Foxx Far too often in Washington, D.C., when you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. That certainly seemed to be the mindset of government bureaucrats during the Obama administration. In an attempt to solve a problem that didn’t exist, bureaucrats who have never owned a business or made a payroll distorted the definition of what it means to be an employer. It began with the National Labor Relations Board’s 2015 ruling in the Browning-Ferris Industries case, which...

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ICYMI: Dat Dog Tells Washington That Labor Policy Threatens Expansion Plans

By CityBusiness Staff Congressional lawmakers looking at the impact of an Obama-era labor policy heard Tuesday from a New Orleans-based business concerned that it could derail plans to expand in the Gulf South. Dat Dog, the gourmet hot dog joint that opened on Freret Street in 2011, was one of several businesses asking the House Committee on Education and the Workforce for clarification on joint employer policy. Courtesy datdog.com Under the Obama administration, the Labor Department significan...

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ICYMI: Apprenticeships, Technical Education Offer a Path to a Successful Workforce – ‘College-only’ Is a Myth

Apprenticeships, Technical Education Offer a Path to a Successful Workforce – ‘College-only’ Is a Myth By Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) In making his impassioned speech on how our county’s economy can grow through tax reform, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said Tuesday, “We need to connect people with the skills they need to get good-paying, in-demand jobs.” Speaker Ryan is absolutely right, and the House is immediately answering the Speaker’s call to action. There is a myth about success as ...

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#WhyCTE Works

We hear stories in the news all too often about Americans struggling to find employment, jobs that go unfilled, and a persistent skills gap. Fortunately, career and technical education (CTE) offers a solution to these problems. CTE provides students with the education, skills, and hands-on experience they need to succeed in the 21st century workforce. Just ask these CTE graduates who prove why CTE works: It gave me a great introduction to the field, and encouraged me to become an electrical engi...

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What They’re Saying: Strengthening CTE Is a Win for Students and Communities

From technological advances to the expansion of the economy, today’s job market is significantly different from the one even just a few years ago. To help America’s students and workers gain the skills and knowledge they need to fill these in-demand, high-skilled jobs, Reps. Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) introduced the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353). This bipartisan legislation, which the committee unanimously passed...

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