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Foxx Praises Advancement of Committee Initiatives in Appropriations Legislation

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement on the passage of H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018: "One of the central roles of Congress is to subject the vast federal bureaucracy to congressional oversight, and decide which programs are effective and which are wasteful. “Through the appropriations process, the House advanced several policy priorities of the Committee on Education and...

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Opening Statement by Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL): Hearing on H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act

To most Americans, the question over who their employer is seems to be an obvious answer. It’s the person who hired them, the one who signs their paycheck. As a former labor attorney, I can tell you it used to be very clear in legal terms how you become someone’s employer. But that’s no longer the case since the National Labor Relations Board stepped in. Many people would be shocked to find out that some company they’ve had zero contact with is also considered their employer, in addition to the ...

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Opening Statement by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI): Hearing on H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act

This committee has been fighting to roll back the extreme joint employer scheme since it first took effect, and for good reason. It’s a threat to jobs, entrepreneurship, and local employers across the country. We know this new joint employer standard has led to a whole host of real-world consequences, because that’s exactly what we’ve heard from business owners and their employees in each of our districts and before this committee. We’ve all heard the voices of local job creators who fear they ...

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Witnesses Urge Congress to Pass Save Local Business Act

The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, chaired by Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), and the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, chaired by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), today held a joint legislative hearing to examine H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act. “To most Americans, the question over who their employer is seems to be an obvious answer. It’s the person who hired them, the one who signs their paycheck,” Chairman Byrne said. “As a former labor attorney, I can tell you it us...

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ICYMI: Foxx Celebrates 25 Years of Charter Schools

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce spoke on the House floor to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the opening of the nation’s first charter school, and praised the hope an opportunity charter schools across the country provide for students and families. Click here to watch. “Mr. Speaker, twenty-five years ago something monumental occurred for students and families who were seeking a new way to pursue a high-quality education. “Twenty-five year...

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Foxx Praises Advancement of Committee Initiatives in Appropriations Legislation

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, issued the following statement on the passage of H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018: "One of the central roles of Congress is to subject the vast federal bureaucracy to congressional oversight, and decide which programs are effective and which are wasteful. “Through the appropriations process, the House advanced several policy priorities of the Committee on Education and...

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Witnesses Urge Congress to Pass Save Local Business Act

The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, chaired by Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), and the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions, chaired by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI), today held a joint legislative hearing to examine H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act. “To most Americans, the question over who their employer is seems to be an obvious answer. It’s the person who hired them, the one who signs their paycheck,” Chairman Byrne said. “As a former labor attorney, I can tell you it us...

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THIS WEEK: Hearing on Joint Employer Legislation

On Wednesday, September 13, at 10 a.m., the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections and Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions will hold a joint legislative hearing on H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act. The hearing will take place in room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Introduced by Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL), the Save Local Business Act would roll back the Obama-era joint employer scheme and reestablish the commonsense understanding of what it means to be an employ...

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Rob Green to Lead Workforce Policy Staff

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), chairwoman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, today announced that Rob Green has joined the Committee staff as Workforce Policy Director. “Rob is a longtime friend of this Committee, and we’re all familiar with his energetic and creative perspective on workforce policy. With his diverse experiences in Member offices, outside advocacy organizations, and his previous work at this committee, Rob is a natural fit to help us move forward and foster the best ...

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Encouraging Innovation, Opportunity, and Flexibility in the Sharing Economy

The Committee on Education and the Workforce, chaired by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), today held a hearing to examine the sharing economy and consider how it relates to our nation’s workforce policies. “There is no question that this growing economic sector has improved the American quality of life,” Chairwoman Foxx said. “The sharing economy has also helped start-up businesses get off the ground, and it has created new job opportunities that didn’t exist before. Not everyone is looking for a 9-5 ...

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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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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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Opening Statement by Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL): Hearing on H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act

To most Americans, the question over who their employer is seems to be an obvious answer. It’s the person who hired them, the one who signs their paycheck. As a former labor attorney, I can tell you it used to be very clear in legal terms how you become someone’s employer. But that’s no longer the case since the National Labor Relations Board stepped in. Many people would be shocked to find out that some company they’ve had zero contact with is also considered their employer, in addition to the ...

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Opening Statement by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI): Hearing on H.R. 3441, the Save Local Business Act

This committee has been fighting to roll back the extreme joint employer scheme since it first took effect, and for good reason. It’s a threat to jobs, entrepreneurship, and local employers across the country. We know this new joint employer standard has led to a whole host of real-world consequences, because that’s exactly what we’ve heard from business owners and their employees in each of our districts and before this committee. We’ve all heard the voices of local job creators who fear they ...

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Chairwoman Foxx Opening Statement: Hearing on “The Sharing Economy: Creating Opportunities for Innovation and Flexibility”

America has always led the world in innovation and technology. It’s the ingenuity of the American people that has helped create the most prosperous nation in the history of the world. That same ingenuity is what led to the rise of the sharing economy, which is changing the way we live, work, and connect. The growth of the sharing economy may be relatively recent. But the idea behind it really isn’t a new concept. For quite some time, people have exchanged goods and services, or shared their skil...

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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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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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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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EEOC Introductory Oversight Letter

The Honorable Victoria A. Lipnic Acting Chair Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 131 M Street, NE Washington, DC 20507 Dear Acting Chair Lipnic: Th_e Committee on Education and the Workforce (Committee) congratulates you on President Trump's decision to name you as acting chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). As you know, the EEOC's day-to-day operations, Commission decisions, and the general counsel's actions are all under the Committee's jurisdiction. We are eager t...

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NLRB Introductory Letter

The Honorable Philip A. Miscimarra Chairman National Labor Relations Board 1015 Half Street SE Washington, DC 20003 Dear Chairman Miscimarra: The Committee on Education and the Workforce (Committee) congratulates you on President Trump's decision to name you as chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). As you know, the NLRB's day-to-day operations, Board decisions, and the general counsel's actions are all under the Committee's jurisdiction. We are eager to establish an effective an...

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ICYMI: Foxx Celebrates 25 Years of Charter Schools

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), chairwoman of the Committee on Education and the Workforce spoke on the House floor to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the opening of the nation’s first charter school, and praised the hope an opportunity charter schools across the country provide for students and families. Click here to watch. “Mr. Speaker, twenty-five years ago something monumental occurred for students and families who were seeking a new way to pursue a high-quality education. “Twenty-five year...

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Joint Employer Threat Stifles Small Business Growth

Like many small business owners, Kristie Arslan and her husband are looking for growth opportunities. They own a small gourmet popcorn shop in Alexandria, VA, and were considering opening five new locations through franchising. But they soon realized that the joint employer threat made their expansion plans too risky. With so much uncertainty, they decided they could only open one new store instead of five. Watch Kristie’s recent remarks in support of the Save Local Business Act (H.R. 3441) to l...

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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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