May 31, 2017
In the ongoing battle between New York City and San Francisco to enact the nation’s costliest labor laws, the Big Apple may have just pulled into the lead.
Yesterday, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a package of laws that increases the cost of employment and makes running a retail or fast food franchise more difficult.
Here is a quick rundown of the new requirements on employers:
- Require predictable schedules: “require fast-food employers to offer workers their work schedule at least 14 days in advance, and pay a premium for last-minute shift changes”
- Prohibit “Clopenings”: “prohibit fast-food employers from scheduling consecutive shifts involving both...
May 26, 2017
President Trump’s first budget proposal includes an unfunded mandate that likely will lead to tax hikes. This comes in the form of a paid family leave program that would require employers to provide parents and adoptive parents with six weeks of paid family leave. The budget estimates the federal government would spend about $26 billion over 10 years to partially fund the new employer mandate, which would be administered by state unemployment insurance programs.
Though the specific workings of the program are sparse, below is what the budget proposes:
Provide paid parental leave benefits.—The Administration proposes establishing a new benefit within the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program to provide up to six weeks paid leave to...
May 17, 2017
President Trump, along with his daughter Ivanka, have frequently advocated for mandated paid family leave. Most recently, on Mother’s Day, Trump touted his desire to implement paid family leave policy.
Cato policy analyst Vanessa Brown Calder has written extensively on the negative consequences for women when government mandates paid family leave. Calder notes that in other countries that have implemented these policies women end up taking a pay cut.
It is not just free-market organizations that question whether women would benefit from paid leave. Former President Obama’s Director of the National Economic Council Larry Summers’s analysis of mandated benefits...
May 2, 2017create a majority of new jobs and employ nearly 50 percent of the workforce. This week, we celebrate their contributions to the economy and...
April 27, 2017$1 trillion in infrastructure spending as part of his...
April 25, 2017
April 24, 2017
April 29th will mark the end of the first 100 days of the Trump administration, and the President has placed a great deal of importance on achieving success in this honeymoon phase. Below is a quick recap of the good, the bad, and the ugly of what transpired during the first 100 days on labor and employment policy.
At the end of March, President Trump signed a Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval to repeal what is known as the Blacklisting rule. The rule, which derives from a 2014 Obama executive order, required contractors who bid on federal contracts over $500,000 to report alleged, as well as actual, labor violations over the last three years. These violations could have been used to block a company’s bid....
April 19, 2017guidance that directs federal agencies to find ways to, in part, “reduce the size of the Federal Government’s workforce” and “Develop a plan to maximize employee performance.”
April 12, 2017
April 5, 2017
Yes, labor law restrains employers from starting an...