Category: Employment Issues

Keeping Regulatory Agency Power in Check

On Tuesday, President Trump signed H.J. Res 83, utilizing the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to officially and forever invalidate the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) recent overreach of regulatory authority. The rule, informally referred to as the “Volks” rule, gave OSHA the ability to issue citations to employers for failing to record work-related injuries […]

Don’t Gut the Texas Workers’ Comp System

President Trump has some lofty goals for his first year in office, but during his first month in office, he spent ample time undoing many executive orders ushered in by the Obama administration. One particular area of concern was some controversial rules and actions from the Department of Labor.  Former Labor Secretary (now the Democratic […]

Employers Beware, NLRB Shows Grit in Protecting Walkouts and Informal Strikes by Non-union Workers

Employers are finding themselves on thin ice in their response to employees’ walkouts, informal strikes and other activities that include demands for higher wages and improved working conditions. However, employees who participate in “general strikes” unrelated to work, such as the “general strike against Trump” planned for February 17, may not be protected by federal […]

Not So Fast On the Overtime Rule, Says Judge

Last week, a U.S. District judge issued a preliminary injunction against the Department of Labor’s new overtime pay rule, scheduled to take effect on Thursday.  The rule doubles the threshold under which salaried employees are required to receive overtime pay.  The NCPA published two reports on the negative effects of this rule and potential job losses as a […]

Is Seattle’s Minimum Wage Being Passed on to Consumers?

Last week, voters in Washington state approved a statewide hike in the minimum wage to $13.50 an hour by the year 2020.  The current minimum wage of $9.47 an hour would jump to $11.00 an hour on January 1 and would incrementally increase thereafter.  Voters also approved mandatory paid sick leave for employees.  In areas […]

Three Reasons Donald Trump Won

Donald Trump’s stunning victory last night left media and political pundits shocked and in some cases, horrified.  But for anybody who has not benefited from the post-2008 economic recovery (and there are still many), this upset came as no surprise.  Here are three factors I believe that the media and pundits underestimated. Despite an economic “recovery,” […]

What’s In An Unemployment Rate?

More than you might think.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today that October’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, one-tenth of a point lower than September.  For six out of the past 10 months the unemployment rate has been at 4.9 percent, but how do the numbers behind the rate compare when it was 4.9 percent […]

“The Planet Began to Heal”…and Other Updates from D.C.

Here’s a summary of the quiet week in Washington from NCPA’s legislative director Brian Williams: President Obama reduced the sentences of 102 inmates, mostly drug dealers, bringing the total number of presidential clemencies up to 774 during the Obama presidency. President Obama praised the Paris climate deal this week, which takes effect in November in […]

CAFE Standards Distort Auto Production and Push Jobs South

Once praised for refusing to accept a bailout, Ford is now taking heat for deciding build all small cars in Mexico.  Ford already manufactures the Fiesta model in Mexico, and the Focus and C-Max will follow after the newly-proposed $1.6 billion plant is finished.  Given that Ford sales have risen strongly since the recession, what […]

Not Much to Say About the Jobs Report

The July jobs report is out.  Nonfarm jobs rose by 255,000, which is more than economists predicted for July. But the unemployment rate still stands at 4.9 percent, and the labor force participation rate is a paltry 62.8 percent, only two-tenths of a point lower than last July.  In terms of demographics: Among all age […]