November 15, 2016
At the federal level, the two primary labor and employment statutes—National Labor Relations Act and Fair Labor Standards Act, have remained relatively untouched for decades. However, over the past several years, a number of states have taken action to reform labor and employment law.
November 3, 2016
This has caused a major inconvenience, to say the least, for hundreds of thousands of commuters...
October 31, 2016
This monster regulation stands in the way of average Americans’ access to bank services. He came to life after being cobbled together in response to the 2007-2008 financial crisis. Dodd-Frankenstein was made out of good intentions, but the unintended consequences to small banks and main street have been devastating.
October 27, 2016National Association of Manufacturers estimates that the aggregate costs of labor regulations imposed just this year by the Obama administration’s Department of Labor (DOL), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)...
October 19, 2016
State public pension plans are underfunded by nearly $5.6 trillion nationwide, according to a new American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) study. Naturally, the level of pension funding and the size of liabilities vary widely across states. Given that, the new ALEC report provides useful comparisons based on three criteria:
- Funded ratio;
- Total unfunded liabilities; and
- Per capital unfunded liabilities.
In terms of funding ration, Wisconsin scores the best, at 63.4 percent funding, the only state with a ratio above 50 percent. Connecticut scores worst, at 22.8 percent.
Vermont has the nation’s smallest total pension obligation sum, at $8.7 billion; California the greatest, at $956 billion.
Of course, Vermont is a...
September 21, 2016
The single most important action the president can make is appoint competent, non-partisan officials to the primary federal labor agencies—the Department of Labor (DOL) and National Labor Relations...
September 14, 2016determined that there is no better way to spend tax dollars than to give them to government unions so that they can use them for their own private gain.
In a 3-2 decision, the State Supreme...
September 7, 2016
However, many state and local governments grant government unions a direct subsidy known as union release time, a...
August 29, 2016
That reform model has solid...
July 8, 2016
Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) and Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) have co-sponsored legislation this session to ensure reporting of federal employees using “official time,” the practice of the government paying federal employees who are serving as union representatives instead of performing their official, federal duties.
As Rep. Ross put it, “This bill will require the Office of Personnel Management to submit an annual, detailed report to Congress on the use of ‘official time’ by federal employees, outlining specific types of activities or purposes for which this time was granted.”
“Ross’ bill was brought into the ‘Government Reform and Improvement Act’ which passed on...