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Improve the Regulatory ProcessTransportation InvestmentTransitioning to Integrated and Meaningful Employment Act (TIME Act)
Improve the Regulatory ProcessNational Labor Relations Board Joint-Employer RuleNational Labor Relations Board
Federal Prison Industries Competition in ContractingUse Congressional Review Act to Address NLRB Election Rule (House)
Use Congressional Review Act to Address NLRB Election Rule (Senate)Department of Labor Overtime Regulation Proposal
Save American Workers Act (SAW Act)


Improve the Regulatory Process

TRSA recognizes the need for smart regulations to ensure a sound environment, workplace safety and protect public health. But with an increasing number of huge and complex rules costing $2 trillion in compliance, it is clear the regulatory system isn’t working the way it should. Americans deserve a working regulatory system that is fair for everyone, takes into account the views of communities and businesses, evaluates the impact rules will have on jobs and small businesses, and protects our economic and personal freedoms.

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Transportation Investment

President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the law creating the National Interstate Highway System in 1956 and it was largely designed and constructed during the 1960s and 1970s, at a time when the population of the United States was approximately 200 million. Today there are more than 310 million people using America’s roads and bridges, an increase of over 50 percent. Highway congestion is costing more than $78 billion annually in lost productivity, wasted fuel, and lost time with family and friends. It is estimated that in 2020 congestion will cause severe transportation delays along growing stretches of interstate highways.

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Transitioning to Integrated and Meaningful Employment Act (TIME Act)

H.R. 188, the Integrated and Meaningful Employment Act (TIME Act), was introduced by Rep. Gregg Harper (R-MS) and has 16 bipartisan cosponsors. The purpose of the bill is to phase out special wage certificates under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, under which individuals with disabilities may be employed at subminimum wage rates. The TIME Act directs the Secretary of Labor to phase out issuing permits to companies that would allow individuals with disabilities to be paid at lower than minimum wage.

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Improve the Regulatory Process

TRSA recognizes the need for smart regulations to ensure a sound environment, workplace safety and protect public health. But with an increasing number of huge and complex rules costing $2 trillion in compliance, it is clear the regulatory system isn’t working the way it should. Americans deserve a working regulatory system that is fair for everyone, takes into account the views of communities and businesses, evaluates the impact rules will have on jobs and small businesses, and protects our economic and personal freedoms.

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National Labor Relations Board Joint-Employer Rule

Millions of the nation’s business owners are discouraged by the decision of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to expand joint-employer standards under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Now, companies that contract with other businesses can be pulled into collective-bargaining negotiations with contract employees and held liable for any labor violations committed against the contract partner. A rule that companies can be held responsible for labor violations committed by their contractors will be harmful to the economy as companies attempt to protect themselves.

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National Labor Relations Board

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or Board) engaged in massive regulatory overreach during the Obama administration. Rather than acting as an impartial referee, the Board aggressively carried out a onesided agenda aimed at growing labor unions at any cost. The agency is badly in need of reform.

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Federal Prison Industries Competition in Contracting

Rep. Bill Huizenga, MI-02 introduced HR 2098, the Federal Prison Industries Competition in Contracting Act of 2013. The legislation will allow textile rental services to compete on equal footing.

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Use Congressional Review Act to Address NLRB Election Rule (House)

Maintaining the balance between labor unions and employers is critical to economic growth and job creation. It seems, however, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has undertaken an aggressive agenda that threatens this balance. Its proposed “quickie” election rule could have a significant impact on the textile services industry.

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Use Congressional Review Act to Address NLRB Election Rule (Senate)

Maintaining the balance between labor unions and employers is critical to economic growth and job creation. It seems, however, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has undertaken an aggressive agenda that threatens this balance. Its proposed “quickie” election rule could have a significant impact on the textile services industry.

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Department of Labor Overtime Regulation Proposal

Millions of Americans in salaried positions will shift from exempt to non-exempt status if the recent overtime pay exemption proposed by the Department of Labor is implemented. Consequently, many businesses will be forced to limit hours, eliminate management positions and cut benefits. Small businesses will suffer the most, especially businesses in low cost-of-living areas. Also, employees, for whom the rule is designed to help, will see smaller paychecks and fewer opportunities for advancement.

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Save American Workers Act (SAW Act)

The traditional work week has always been known as the 40 hour work week. However, the 40 hour work week is not established by law or regulation, but by business. The 40 hour work week comes from practice and although referred to by regulation, is not legally defined.

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