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Government Affairs October Update

Posted By Bill Rivers, Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

JNCL-NCLIS extends its sympathy and concern to all of the people of Puerto Rico, and to those in Northern California affected by the wildfires there.

In news of the Department of Labor, the President’s nominee to lead the Wage and Hour Division, Cheryl Stanton, had a brief nomination hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on October 4. View her prepared testimony. In her short remarks, she notes the role that the recession played in sending many state unemployment programs into debt. In conversations with colleagues in partner organizations in the business advocacy community, Ms. Stanton’s nomination is viewed favorably; she is seen as knowledgeable, experienced, and fair towards businesses and workers. She most recently served as the Executive Director of the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, to lead the Wage and Hour Division at the US Department of Labor.

As you’ve a seen in the media, the Congress and the White House must pass a number of critical bills before the end of the year. Funding for the remainder of 2018, an extension to the debt limit, among other items, will occupy Congress’ attention for the coming months. We will be advocating for our programs in the appropriations process, as well as pushing national solutions to the 1099-W2 issue. I expect that effort will gain momentum once Ms. Stanton is confirmed.

With Best Wishes,

Bill Rivers
Executive Director, JNCL-NCLIS

 

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