DOL’s reissuance of 17 opinion letters called step in right direction

January 11, 2018 0 COMMENTS

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) decision to reissue 17 opinion letters first issued during the George W. Bush administration is a welcome move and “a step in the right direction,” according to an attorney who represents employers.

On January 5, the DOL announced that it was reissuing the opinion letters. The move follows the DOL’s announcement last summer that it was returning to the practice of issuing opinion letters, a practice that was discontinued during the Obama administration in favor of issuing “administrative interpretations” of the DOL’s views on issues related to laws and regulations enforced by the department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD).

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Democrats Introduce the Employee Free Choice Act

March 10, 2009 0 COMMENTS

The Democrats blazed ahead into battle today (March 10) by introducing the much-anticipated Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) in both houses of Congress. EFCA, which has been the subject of countless debates, is a controversial bill that would allow a majority of employees to form a union by signing card-check petitions. Under the Employee Free Choice Act, employees could still choose to have a secret-ballot election, but employers would no longer be able to dispute the card-check process through such an election if a majority of employees signed card-check petitions.

Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Representative George Miller (D- California) held a press conference on the Employee Free Choice Act shortly after noon today following a Senate hearing on rebuilding our nation’s middle class by restoring Americans’ rights in the workplace.

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