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Scott, Davis Lead Bipartisan Group of House Members to Introduce Bill Protecting Older Workers from Age Discrimination

03.18.21   WASHINGTON - Today, Representatives Bobby Scott (VA-03), chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor, and Rodney Davis (IL-13) led a bipartisan group in introducing the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act (POWADA), a proposal to strengthen anti-discrimination protections for older workers. They were joined by six Republicans and six Democrats, including Civil Rights and Human Services Subcommittee Chair Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) and Workforce Protections Subcommittee Chair … Continue Reading


Chairman Scott: Government Watchdog Report on OSHA Enforcement Demonstrates Need for Emergency Workplace Safety Standard

03.02.21   WASHINGTON - Chairman Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (VA-03) released the following statement after the Department of Labor Office of Investigator General released a report on OSHA enforcement and investigations during the COVID-19 pandemic. "For over a year now, I have called on the Department of Labor to issue an enforceable, emergency temporary standard to protect workers from contracting COVID-19. Yet, despite overwhelming pressure from Congress, workers, and public health experts, the previous ad… Continue Reading


Congressional Leaders Push CDC and OSHA to Address Aerosol Transmission of COVID-19

03.01.21   WASHINGTON - Today, Congressional leaders wrote a letter to the Biden administration urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to update ventilation and respiratory protection guidance and standards to address aerosol transmission of the COVID-19 virus. In the letter, the leaders praised the administration's science-based approach to defeating the virus but noted that recent expert findings show the CDC's existing gui… Continue Reading


Committee Holds Virtual Member Briefing on Worker Safety

05.14.20   WASHINGTON - Today, the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a virtual Member briefing to examine the worker safety crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The briefing, entitled "Protecting Workers from COVID-19," focused on how, despite rising death tolls among workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - the only agency in the federal government with the authority to enforce safe working conditions - has not taken meaningful action to protect workers from COVID-19… Continue Reading


Committee Holds Virtual Member Briefing on Worker Safety

05.14.20   WASHINGTON - Today, the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a virtual Member briefing to examine the worker safety crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The briefing, entitled "Protecting Workers from COVID-19," focused on how, despite rising death tolls among workers, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - the only agency in the federal government with the authority to enforce safe working conditions - has not taken meaningful action to protect workers from COVID-19… Continue Reading


Committee Democrats at Hearing: President Trump Has Broken His Promise to Workers

05.23.18   WASHINGTON - Today, at a Subcommittee on Workforce Protections hearing titled, "Regulatory Reform: Unleashing Economic Opportunity for Workers and Employers," Democrats identified several ways in which President Trump has broken his promise to America's workers. By delaying, weakening, and rolling back workplace protections, his administration is leaving workers even more vulnerable to wage theft, fatal accidents, and workplace discrimination. "Right out of the gate, the Trump administration ro… Continue Reading


Committee Democrats Challenge DOL to Combat Opioid Epidemic in its Workers’ Compensation Program

05.08.18   WASHINGTON - Today, the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing titled, "The Opioid Epidemic: Implications for the Federal Employees' Compensation Act." Reducing over-prescription of opioids in workers' compensation programs is critical to combatting the opioid epidemic. The Department of Labor (DOL) has a responsibility to prevent opioid abuse through its administration of Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA). Enacted in 1916, FECA provides workers' compensation coverage f… Continue Reading


Committee Democrats Call on OSHA to Prioritize Worker Safety

02.27.18   WASHINGTON - Today, the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing entitled, "A More Effective and Collaborative OSHA: A View from Stakeholders." Congressional Republicans and this Administration have taken numerous actions that are jeopardizing worker safety and health protections. Under the current administration, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has terminated or suspended work on nearly half of the proposed safety and health standards that were under develop… Continue Reading


Committee Democrats Combat Effects of Opioid Epidemic in the Workplace

02.15.18   WASHINGTON - Today, the Subcommittees on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions and Workforce Protections held a joint hearing entitled, "Opioids Epidemic: Implications for America's Workplaces." American workplaces are feeling the effects of substance use disorders. Studies show that more than 70 percent of employers are feeling the direct impact of prescription drug misuse in their workplaces, ranging from absenteeism and reduced productivity to higher health care costs. "It is no surprise t… Continue Reading


Bonamici: Opioid Crisis Affects Everyone Including Workers, Employers

02.15.18   WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) joined a Congressional hearing on the affect of the opioid crisis on America's workplaces, workers, and employers. Bonamici has hosted community discussions in each of the five counties she represents to hear about the opioid crisis directly from health care providers, social service providers, law enforcement, and people in recovery. You can watch Bonamici's questions at today's hearing here. Studies show that more than 70 percent of emplo… Continue Reading


Committee Democrats Hold Administration Accountable for Miners' Health and Safety

02.06.18   WASHINGTON - Today, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Assistant Secretary David G. Zatezalo testified before the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections. Assistant Secretary Zatezalo's testimony comes as rates of pulmonary massive fibrosis (PMF) -- the most advanced form of black lung disease -- are surging among Appalachian miners. Committee Democrats raised concerns that, under the Trump administration, MSHA is not taking the necessary steps to address this public health crisis. … Continue Reading


More than 120 Democrats Urge Department of Labor to Withdraw Harmful Proposed Tip Rule

02.06.18   WASHINGTON - Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), ranking member on the Education and the Workforce Committee, Senator Patty Murry (D-WA), ranking member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and 122 Democrats submitted a public comment to Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta urging the Department of Labor (DOL) to withdraw its proposed change to the tip rules. DOL is considering changing existing rules to allow employers to pocket tips of workers, which could result in the… Continue Reading


Scott, Takano, Brown, Murray Introduce Bill To Expand Overtime Pay For Millions Of Workers

11.30.17   WASHINGTON- U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Patty Murray (D-WA), along with U.S. Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Mark Takano (D-CA), today introduced legislation to make at least four million American workers newly eligible for overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours a week, providing economic security to millions of working families. The Restoring Overtime Pay Act (H.R. 4505) would increase the overtime salary level from $23,660 per year to $48,412 per year, making at least four mi… Continue Reading


House & Senate Democrats Stand With Labor Leaders And Unveil “A Better Deal” For Workers

11.01.17   At A Time When The GOP & Special Interests Are Looking To Scale Back Worker Protections To Maximize Corporate & CEO Profits, Dems Unveil "A Better Deal," Which Would Safeguard American Workers' Freedom To Negotiate With Employers Dems' Plan Would Strengthen Penalties On Predatory Corporations That Violate Workers' Rights, Increase Workers' Abilities To Strike For Workplace Improvements, Protect Integrity Of Union Elections, Use Federal Purchasing Power To Help Expand Negotiating Abil… Continue Reading


Rep. Takano Statement on DOL Appealing Texas Court Decision to Block Overtime Rule

10.30.17   WASHINGTON - Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) released the following statement today after the Department of Labor said it will appeal a Texas court decision invalidating the Obama administration's overtime rule, which would extend overtime protections to millions of middle-class workers. "I share the widely held view that the Texas court decision to block the overtime rule was deeply flawed and jeopardizes the Department of Labor's basic authority to issue rules that protect American workers. In th… Continue Reading


Democrats Oppose Republican Attempts to Dismantle Worker Protections

09.13.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a joint subcommittee hearing on the so-called "Save Local Business Act" (H.R. 3441). Labor and employment laws have long held, where more than one employer controls terms and conditions of employment, an employee may hold multiple or joint employers accountable for violating wage and hour laws or refusing to collectively bargain. By creating a new, narrow defin… Continue Reading


At Hearing, Democrats Support Worker Protections to Hold Employers Accountable

07.12.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, the Education and the Workforce Committee held a hearing on worker protections that allow employees to hold multiple entities accountable for wage theft, unfair labor practices or workplace safety violations. Labor and employment laws have long held, where more than one employer controls terms and conditions of employment, an employee may have multiple employers. This is referred to as "joint employment." A growing number of Americans are taking contingent work through tempo… Continue Reading


At Hearing, Committee Democrats Oppose Efforts to Weaken Workplace Discrimination Safeguard

05.23.17   WASHINGTON - TODAY, the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections held a hearing on "The Need for More Responsible Regulatory and Enforcement Policies at the EEOC." More than 50 years after the creation of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Commission continues to perform vital work combatting discrimination and advancing civil rights in the workplace. In its nearly 52-year existence, the EEOC has played a crucial role in laws that protect workers from discrimination on the job.… Continue Reading


Rep. Takano, Committee Democrats Voice Strong Opposition to Bill that Weakens Overtime Rights for Low-Income Workers

04.05.17   WASHINGTON, DC - Today, at a hearing of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, Rep. Takano and Committee Democrats voiced strong opposition to the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 (H.R.1180). The bill would weaken overtime rights for low-income workers who are already struggling to keep pace with the economy. Instead of paying workers for their overtime work, the legislation allows employers to pocket employees' overtime pay in return for a vague promise that employees may be able to… Continue Reading


Scott Statement on Alexander Acosta

02.16.17   WASHINGTON - Ranking Member Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement on the nomination of Alexander Acosta for Secretary of Labor, following Andrew Puzder's withdrawal from consideration. "The Secretary of Labor must be an individual that will fight for increased wages, safer working conditions, and retirement security for America's workers. If confirmed, Mr. Acosta will be joining an Administration that has supported legislation and executive actions that have jeopardized civil righ… Continue Reading

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