Employment Relations

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Support maintaining the Federal Arbitration Act and support the right of employers to make binding arbitration or other ADR programs a condition of employment. Oppose efforts to increase the burden of regulations on ADR.

Background investigations. Oppose efforts to restrict background investigations including reference, credential or education certifications; criminal history; credit checks and drug tests.

Collective bargaining. Oppose federal efforts to unify state collective bargaining laws for public safety officers employed by states or local governments.

Devolution of federal programs to the states. Support transferring control over federally-mandated programs like unemployment insurance to the States, thereby reducing employers’ tax burdens and increasing state responsibility for workforce-related programs.

Employee Free Choice Act. Support efforts to protect an employee’s right to vote in a private, federal government-supervised election during organizing campaigns, and oppose efforts to require an arbitrator to produce a first contract binding on the employer and employees if the union and employer could not negotiate and mediate a contract within a short time period.

Employer compensation decisions. Oppose efforts that limit an employer’s ability to base pay on factors such as education, experience and salary history.

Fair Labor Standards Act reform. Support efforts to reform wage and hour laws by allowing more flexibility for employers and employees in hours worked during a pay period before mandating overtime pay.

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces. Oppose the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order that unnecessarily duplicates existing safeguards in the federal contracting process.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Oppose efforts to lower the threshold for FMLA coverage from the current 50 employees that would subject even more employers to the complicated and burdensome requirements of that law, and oppose any initiatives to require employers to pay for FMLA leave with unemployment insurance taxes.

Forewarn Act. Oppose efforts to expand the requirements of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act to 90 from 60 days in the event an employer orders a plant closing or mass layoff.

Fraud control. Support legislation to allow the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to hire outside contractors on a pay-for-performance basis to assist in efforts to detect and remedy unemployment benefits fraud.

Healthy Families Act. Oppose efforts to mandate a one-size-fits-all paid sick leave package that could result in significant costs for employers as well a loss to employees who prefer other benefits rather than sick leave.

Joint employer standard. Oppose the National Labor Relation Board’s (NLRB’s) efforts to overturn its long-standing “joint employer” standard.

Minimum wage. Support efforts to maintain the minimum wage. Increasing the minimum wage would have a detrimental effect on business, especially small business. Studies now show that mandatory wage increases price the lowest skilled workers out of jobs. If companies are force to pay an arbitrary higher wage, they will seek workers with skills to match.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) penalties. Oppose efforts to unnecessarily increase regulatory burdens and increase fines for employers. Support efforts to provide protection from liability for employers required to comply with OSHA requirements that may conflict with environmental or other safety requirements.

Overtime compensation. Oppose the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) draft rules for overtime expansion that dramatically increases compliance costs for the retail and restaurant business by $745 million as well as allow workers making up to $970 a week to qualify for overtime regardless of their supervisory duties.

Project labor agreements. Support efforts to preserve open competition and federal government neutrality toward the labor relations of federal government contractors on federally funded construction projects.

Unemployment Savings Accounts (USA). Support fundamental changes in the unemployment insurance system that would abolish traditional federally controlled unemployment insurance programs in favor of establishing individual USAs for employees that would be available if needed for unemployment, training or as a supplement to retirement income.

Union dues check-off. Oppose efforts to allow public employees or require private employers to subsidize or promote labor unions or similar organizations through payroll collection of dues and contributions.

Workplace flexibility.

  • Oppose efforts to expand required leave benefits to allow employers to create flexible workplace programs and policies to meet the needs of an ever-evolving workforce.
  • Support efforts to allow private-sector employers to provide comp time, giving these employers the option of offering their hourly employees the choice of compensatory time off or pay for overtime hours worked.