Labor and Employment Costs

The cost of hiring and employing workers is one of the biggest expenses of starting and growing a business. Skilled and hardworking employees are essential assets to the success of a business, yet the federal government continues to pass laws and impose regulations that raise the cost of hiring and employing good workers.

Obamacare raises labor cost by forcing businesses to provide health insurance for full-time employees and mandates what kind of health insurance can be offered. Federal minimum wage hikes threaten to raise labor cost and force employers to layoff unskilled workers. The Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime pay rule would reduce wages and workplace flexibility. The Davis-Bacon Act limits employment opportunities for non-union companies looking to work on federal funded construction projects. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) continues to propose and impose rules favoring unions over businesses and their employees.

The combination of these laws and regulations results in reduced wages for employees, significant job loss, and economic stagnation. Congress should repeal Obamacare, stop federal minimum wage hikes, stop the new overtime pay rule, repeal the Davis-Bacon Act, and rein in the NLRB’s attempts to bolster unions at the expense of business owners and their employees. Doing so would lower the cost and risk of starting, operating, and expanding businesses.

Briefs

Stop the Department of Labor’s New Overtime Rule

Background: In March 2014, President Obama directed the Department of Labor (DOL) to significantly reform overtime regulations affecting salary exempt employees under the Fair Labor…

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Repeal the Davis-Bacon Act

Background: Enacted in 1931, the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) requires contractors to pay no less than the local prevailing wage to on-site workers working on federally…

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No Federal Minimum-Wage Hike

Background: President Obama and some members of Congress have proposed raising the federal minimum-wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour. Presidential candidates Hillary…

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Reining in the NLRB: Empowering Workers Not Unions

Background: Established under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) of 1935, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is an independent federal agency that oversees union…

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Repeal Obamacare to Expand Economic Opportunity

Background: Passed back in 2010, Obamacare made dramatic changes to the health insurance industry giving the government unprecedented control over health insurance companies, individuals, and…

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Blog posts

D.C. City Council Advances Most Progressive Paid Leave Policy in the Country

By Gloria Taylor Last Tuesday, the D.C. City Council voted to move forward with the most expansive paid family and medical leave benefit in the…

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Potential Solutions for Health Care Reform Post Obamacare

Earlier this week, President-elect Donald Trump announced Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as his pick for secretary of Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Rep.…

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3 Things Congress Must Do to Prepare for a Trump Administration

By Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham Earlier this month, voters all across the country shocked the political and media establishments. America’s message was simple:…

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U.S. District Court Halts Overtime Rule Just in the Nick of Time

The U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas halted the implementation of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule just as it was…

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Preparing a Smooth Transition for the Repeal of Obamacare

By Nina Owcharenko and Edmund F. Haislmaier, The Heritage Foundation It is vital that the new Administration, Congress, and state officials orchestrate a smooth and…

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Federal Judge Puts the Brakes on DOL’s “Persuader Rule”

Last Wednesday, Federal District Court Judge Sam Cummings ruled in favor of the National Federation of Independent Business’ (NFIB) motion for a permanent injunction on…

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Professional Sentinel Strategy Call 11/10/16

Last week, conservatives working in the business, real estate, and medical industries all came together for a unique, monthly Professional Sentinel Strategy Call. During the…

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Federally Mandated Paid-Leave: Bad for Employers and Workers

Politicians in both the Democrat and Republican parties have indicated support for federally mandated paid-leave. While on the surface this may sound like a good…

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The Next 71 Days

Washington — On Tuesday, Americans voted to give Republicans control of the House, Senate and White House. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief…

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How Congress Can Prevent Micro-Unions

By Matthew Lipina In a report published by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce last Monday, the business-oriented group documents the rise of ‘Micro-Unions’ and suggests…

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Americans Face Fewer Obamacare Choices, Higher Premiums in 2017

By Edmund F. Haislmaier and Alyene Senger, The Heritage Foundation As open season begins Tuesday for enrollment in Obamacare next year, most customers for health insurance in…

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In Desperate Push to Save Dying Obamacare, President Wants to Bail Out Insurers

By William Wolfe, Heritage Action Deputy Director of Policy Initiatives and Coalitions The death knell for Obamacare has been rung. President Barack Obama’s own Department…

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Obamacare Premiums will Increase by 25 Percent Next Year

Yesterday, President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed what many private companies and studies already said – Obamacare is about to get…

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Obamacare Is Experiencing Multi-Organ Failure

By Dr. Robert Moffit, Health Care Policy Expert at the Heritage Foundation President Barack Obama’s speech Thursday will likely highlight the “successes” of Obamacare, but…

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Business Owner Sentinel Strategy Call 10/19/16

Yesterday, conservative business owners from across the country joined together for our monthly Heritage Action Sentinel Strategy call. During the call we discussed ongoing legislative efforts to…

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Phasing in the Overtime Rule is No Victory for Small Businesses

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rule is scheduled to take effect on December 1st and has many small businesses scrambling to find a…

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5 Other States to Consider Raising their Minimum Wage

By Gloria Taylor This spring, California and New York made history as their respective governors signed into law sweeping minimum wage hikes that give both…

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Stopping Another Obamacare Bailout

Special Guest Blog: Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) When President Barack Obama made his case to the American people for Obamacare, he promised that it would…

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Federal Minimum Wage Debate Reaches the Presidential Level

During last week’s Vice-Presidential debate between Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Governor Mike Pence (R-Ind.), the topic of raising the federal minimum wage surfaced when…

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Obamacare Bailout Declared Illegal

Last week, an Obamacare bailout for health insurance companies was declared illegal by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO). This is now the second time…

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Delay the Overtime Rule

Guest Blog: Gloria Taylor Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act (H.R. 6094) by a…

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Delay Obama’s Devastating Overtime Rule

Washington — On Thursday, the House is likely to vote on the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act (H.R. 6094). The bill,…

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Video: What Pro-Growth Tax Reform and Conservative Health Care Reform Should Look Like

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9ev9fB2UU0 Watch Heritage Foundation scholars Paul Winfree and Ed Haislmaier, along with CEO of Juniper Research Group Chris Jacobs, discuss the impact that an outdated tax…

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How Bailing Out Health Insurers Creates Single-Payer Health Care

By Chris Jacobs, CEO of Juniper Research Group The bad news for Obamacare keeps on coming. Major health carriers are leaving insurance exchanges, and other insurance…

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Grand Theft Health Insurance

By Edmund Haislmaier, Heritage Foundation Health Care Policy Expert Recently, the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association has been aggressively lobbying Congress to ignore…

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Right to Work Amendment Coming to Virginia?

Guest Blog: Gloria Taylor This November, Virginians get the chance to further protect their status as a Right to Work (RTW) state. A constitutional amendment…

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94 percent of Union Members Never Voted for a Union

According to the latest research conducted by labor regulation expert James Sherk, at The Heritage Foundation, only 6 percent of unionized workers ever voted for…

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3 Ways Obama’s New Overtime Rule Will Hurt Employees

By Rachel Greszler, Heritage Foundation senior policy analyst in economics and entitlements In an alleged attempt to increase the income of certain salaried employees, the…

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Facing High Labor Costs From Minimum Wage Hikes, Chicago Restaurant Closes

By Leah Jessen, News Reporter for the Daily Signal A Chicago restaurant abruptly closed this week, with ownership blaming the “rapidly changing labor market” and…

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Clinton’s Small Business Plan is More Government

Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will roll out her plan to make American small businesses great again, or in her words: “to support small businesses…

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Congress Should Stop All Obamacare Bailouts

Last Monday, Aetna Inc. announced it would stop selling health insurance on the vast majority of Obamacare state exchanges throughout the country. Aetna now joins…

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Obamacare Taxes Target Small Businesses

In the continued debate over Obamacare, most of the attention is focused on the continued rise in healthcare premiums, the employer and individual mandates, insurance…

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Baltimore’s Misguided Attempt to Raise the Minimum Wage

Guest Blog: Natalie Wyman As the national debate over the minimum wage intensifies across the country, local entities are taking on the issue and analyzing…

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This Bill Would Stop the Obama Administration From Prioritizing Insurance Companies over Taxpayers

In order to convince health insurance companies to participate in the financially risky Obamacare exchanges, three health insurance bailout provisions were written into Obamacare including…

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Democrats Call for $15 Federal Minimum Wage Increase in Philly

Last week, the Democrat Party held their convention in Philadelphia to nominate Hillary Clinton for President. During the campaign trail, Secretary Clinton called for a…

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Graduate Students Next on NLRB’s List for Union Expansion

Guest Blog: Natalie Wyman This summer, the National Labor Relations Board will decide a case that will determine if graduate students can bargain as a…

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NLRB Limits Employer Hiring Options by Eliminating Employer Consent in Unionization Process

Guest Blog: Natalie Wyman Earlier this month, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued yet another invasive decision that further limits employers in favor of…

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Full-Repeal of DOL’s Overtime Rule is the Right Approach

Last week, Representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR) introduced a bill to delay implementation of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rule that raises the threshold…

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Business Owners “Did Build That”

Guest Blog: Mark Adamson As an entrepreneur and small business owner, I know what it takes to run a successful company. I own and operate…

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14th Obamacare Co-op Collapses as Health Care Costs Continue to Rise

Last week, Connecticut’s Obamacare co-op health insurer became the 14th out of 23 co-ops to fail. According to Representative Fred Upton (R-MI), “With Connecticut’s collapse, the…

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New Survey Shows what Issues Really Matter to Small Business Owners

The National Small Business Association (NSBA) recently released the results from their 2016 Politics of Small Business Survey just four months before the Presidential general…

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DOL’s New “Union Persuader” Rule May Be Unconstitutional

Earlier this week, a Federal District Court Judge named Sam Cummings placed a temporary hold on the Department of Labor’s (DOL) “union persuader” rule due…

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New Labor Rule Makes Business Owners Responsible For Workers They Didn’t Hire

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) new interpretation of the joint employer standard is undermining the ability of business owners to maintain control of their…

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Federal Court Upholds NLRB’s Ambush Election Rule

Late last week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) rule to drastically speed up union elections. The NLRB’s…

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States Join Business Organizations in Growing Lawsuit Against the DOL

Last week, a federal judge permitted a coalition of 10 states to join a group of business-rights organizations in their lawsuit against the Department of…

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Employee Rights Legislation Gains Significant Traction on Capitol Hill

A pro-employee/anti-labor union bill continues to gain support in the House of Representatives. Introduced by Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), the Employee Rights Act (ERA) –…

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New DOL Overtime Rule Creates Rift Between Employers and Employees

Last week, President Obama’s Department of Labor (DOL) finalized its new overtime rule making roughly 4.2 million salary exempt American employees eligible to receive overtime…

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Wendy’s to Replace Low-Wage Workers with Kiosks

Earlier this month, the fast-food chain restaurant Wendy’s announced plans to install over 6,000 self-service kiosks in response to minimum wage hikes taking place across…

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Department of Labor Continues Attack Against Business Owners, Employees

Press Release:  Washington – This morning, the Department of Labor issued its new, finalized overtime rule affecting salary exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards…

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Federal Regulations Cost over $62 Billion so far in 2016

As of January 1, 2016, federal regulators finalized 112 new rules totaling $62.73 billion in compliance costs and over 14 million hours in paperwork. Last…

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DOL May Lower Threshold for New Overtime Rule

Last week, anonymous sources close to the Department of Labor (DOL) reported the new overtime rule threshold for salary exempt workers may be lowered from…

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DOL’s Overtime and Fiduciary Rules under Fire

President Obama’s Department of Labor (DOL) is rushing to finalize its new “overtime rule” by this summer, just a few months before a new administration…

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Obamacare A Major Concern for Small Business this Tax Season

Obamacare was originally sold to business owners as a way to reduce the rising cost of providing health insurance to employees. Six years later, we…

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Judge Merrick Garland Not a Friend to Small Businesses

President Obama’s decision to nominate Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court is not being received well by the National Federation of Independent Business (NIFB).…

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California and New York Increase State Minimum Wage

Earlier this month, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a statewide minimum wage hike to $15 an hour, effective no later than 2022. Across…

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