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Chairman Scott Applauds Biden Administration for Protecting U.S. Workers from Wage Theft

07.29.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Labor Department finalized a rule to rescind the Trump-era Joint Employment Rule that would cost workers more than $1 billion every year if it remained in effect. The Fair Labor Standards Act's broad joint employment standard has long ensured that workers can hold multiple employers accountable for wage theft where the employee establishes that he or she is economically dependent on a joint employer.… Continue Reading


Reps. Takano, Adams, Scott and Sen. Brown Urge Secretary Walsh to Restore Overtime Pay Protections for Millions of Workers

03.25.21   WASHINGTON - Today, Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC), Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), sent a letter to Secretary Marty Walsh urging the Department of Labor to take strong action to restore overtime pay protections for millions of workers. In the letter they state, "In 2016, the Obama Administration's DOL finalized a rule (Obama Rule) that would have increased the salary threshold to the 40th percentile of earnings of full-time, salaried workers in the … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on House Passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act

03.09.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 842, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act), by a vote of 225 to 206. "By passing the Protecting the Right to Organize Act today, the House has taken a critical step to secure workers' right to join a union. "Labor unions are essential to rebuilding America's middle class and improving the lives of workers and their families. Unfortunately, over the past 70 years, un… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Reacts to New CBO Minimum Wage Estimate

02.08.21   WASHINGTON -Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on the effect of gradually raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. "The CBO's report strengthens the case for gradually raising the minimum wage through the COVID-19 rescue package. This nonpartisan report shows that increasing the minimum wage will act as a direct and targeted stimulus for struggling workers and their families. A… Continue Reading


Labor Leaders Reintroduce Paycheck Fairness Act

01.28.21   WASHINGTON - Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, Chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Chair of the House Appropriations Committee, and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), incoming Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, led every Democrat in Congress in reintroducing the Paycheck Fairness Act, legislation that would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963, help eliminate the gender wage gap, and guarantee that women can c… Continue Reading


Top Democrats Introduce Bill Raising Minimum Wage to $15 by 2025

01.26.21   WASHINGTON - Today, House Committee on Education and Labor Chair Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) joined incoming Senate Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders (I-VT), incoming Senate HELP Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA), Senate), Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), and Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-07) to introduce legislation gradually raising the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025. The Raise the Wage Act of 2021 (H.R. 603) would gradually increase the federal minim… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott: Final DOL Rule Will Rob Workers of More than $3 Billion a Year

01.06.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Department of Labor announced its final rule on the classification of independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The Department's rule would narrow its interpretation of who is considered an employee under the FLSA. The rule creates a new test that effectively rejects the inquiry into whether a worker is economically dependent on a potential employer and instead makes employee… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Statement on Department of Labor’s Harmful Tip Rule

12.22.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Labor (DOL) finalized a tip rule that would repeal the 80/20 rule, which prohibits employers from paying subminimum wages to tipped workers who spend more than 20 percent of their time performing tasks where they cannot earn tips. "Today's final tip rule from the Department of Labor (DOL) strips tipped workers of a critical protection against wage theft at a time when they need it most. … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott: Government Watchdog Confirms DOL Broke the Law

12.15.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Labor Office of Inspector General (OIG) released the findings of its investigation into the Department's rulemaking process for its 2017 proposed tip rule. The report found that, among other errors, the Department improperly withheld information regarding the expected impact of the rule on tipped workers. The 2019 proposed tip rule places no limitation on the amount of time a tipped empl… Continue Reading


Government Watchdog: DOL’s Lack of Service Contract Act Enforcement Costs Workers Millions

11.23.20   WASHINGTON - Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report revealing lapses in the Department of Labor's enforcement of the Service Contract Act (SCA), which requires contractors and subcontractors performing services on prime contracts in excess of $2,500 to pay service employees in various classes no less than the wage rates and fringe benefits found prevailing in the locality. The GAO found that from 2014 to 2019, the Department of Labor found wage or benefit violatio… Continue Reading


House Democrats to DOL: Proposed Rule to Increase Employee Misclassification Will Cost Workers and the Economy

10.27.20   WASHINGTON - Today, led by Committee on Education and Labor Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) and Workforce Protections Subcommittee Chair Alma Adams (NC-12), over 100 House Democrats wrote to Department of Labor Secretary Scalia opposing the Department's proposal to narrow its interpretation of employee status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), leaving workers even more vulnerable to employee misclassification. The Members express deep concern that the proposal will have wide rea… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott: Independent Watchdog Report Reveals Administration Is Improperly Denying Workers Paid Leave During Pandemic

08.11.20   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement in response to a report from the Department of Labor's Inspector General that found the Department's implementation of the paid leave provisions in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act needlessly excluded too many workers. The report also finds the Department has not developed a clear plan to enforce paid leave protections. "The Department of Labor Inspector General's report confirms that the Trump adm… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott: DOL’s Joint Employer Rule Leaves Workers Vulnerable to Wage Theft

01.13.20   WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03), Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, issued the following statement after the Department of Labor issued a final rule to narrow its interpretation of the Fair Labor Standards Act's joint employment standard. "The Fair Labor Standards Act's broad joint employment standard has long ensured that workers can hold multiple employers accountable for violating workplace rights and protections where the employee establishes that they are… Continue Reading


House Democrats to Labor Secretary Scalia: Uphold Protections for Tipped Workers

12.11.19   WASHINGTON - Today, led by Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), Rep. Alma Adams (NC-12), Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), and Rep. Mark Takano (CA-41), House Democrats sent a letter to Department of Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia condemning the Department's proposed changes to tip regulations that the Economic Policy Institute estimates could cost workers more than $700 million annually. For nearly three decades, the Department of Labor enforced guidance, commonly referred to as the "80-20 r… Continue Reading


Top Committee Democrats Call on Labor Secretary to Quantify How Much Workers Will Lose Under Proposed Tip Rule

10.24.19   WASHINGTON - Today, top Democrats on the Education and Labor Committee submitted a letter to Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Eugene Scalia calling on the Department to publish legally required estimates about the full impact of its proposed tip rule on American workers. The proposed rule, published earlier this month, included a provision codifying a repeal of the 80/20 rule but failed to include an economic analysis of the potential costs to workers, as required by law. The 80/20 rule proh… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott Announces Future of Work Hearings

10.16.19   WASHINGTON - Today, Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) announced a series of three legislative hearings to explore challenges, opportunities, and policy solutions related to the "future of work." The three hearings will specifically focus on: Preserving worker protections and benefits in the face of changing business models and work arrangements; Empowering workers with the skills they need to avoid or address job displacement and remain competitive; and Protecting workers' civil … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott to Secretary Acosta: The Department of Labor’s Proposed Overtime Rule Leaves Millions of Workers Behind

05.22.19   WASHINGTON - Congressman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03), chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, wrote a letter to Department of Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta urging the Department to abandon its proposal to rescind Obama-era overtime regulations. Under the Department's proposal, nearly 8.2 million workers-including 4.2 million women and 3 million people of color-would be left behind. The Chairman expressed concern regarding the Department's flawed methodology that influenced t… Continue Reading


Chairman Scott: New Overtime Threshold Falls Short

03.07.19   WASHINGTON - Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after the Department of Labor proposed to raise the overtime salary threshold to $35,308 from $23,660. The overtime threshold is the level below which salaried executive, administrative and professional workers must receive overtime pay for each hour worked after 40 hours per week. "The new overtime salary threshold proposed by the Department of Labor falls far short of meeting the needs of workers who are struggling to ge… Continue Reading


Rep. Takano: “New overtime salary threshold ignores the economic realities middle-class workers are facing”

03.01.19   WASHINGTON- Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement following reports that the U.S. Department of Labor plans to raise the overtime pay threshold to $35,000 from $24,000 through new rulemaking "The Department of Labor's new overtime salary threshold ignores the economic realities middle-class workers are facing across the country. The $35,000 overtime pay threshold is woefully inadequate compared to the Obama-era regulations that would have increased the threshold to nearl… Continue Reading


Top Democrats to OMB: Don’t Suppress Data on Pay Discrimination

10.24.18   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03), the top Democrat on the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Congressman Mark Takano (CA-41), the top Democrat on the Workforce Protections Subcommittee, and Congressman Don Beyer (VA-08), sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney requesting that he reverse a decision to stop the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from collecting data on pay discrimination. Under the Obama administration, the … Continue Reading

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