Tag: Senate

Obama’s Supreme Court nominee may not be a friend to employers

On March 16, President Barack Obama announced his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy left by the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1997 and has served as chief judge since 2013. Battle lines over […]

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NLRB Member Resigns Amid Leak Allegations

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which risked losing a quorum just a few months ago, is losing one of its two Republican members. Terence Flynn, who joined the NLRB in January, submitted his resignation on May 26. The resignation is to be effective July 24, but Flynn already has recused himself from all agency […]

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NLRB Foes Marshaling Forces Against Obama’s Recess Appointments

Will President Barack Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) stand? Some in the business community and Congress hope not, and they’re taking action. Two House actions have been filed in opposition to the appointments: H.R. 3770, sponsored by Representative Jeff Landry (R-LA.), would amend federal law “to provide that payment for […]

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Wisconsin Budget Bill Takes Tough Stance on Unions, Public Retirement Funds

By Troy D. Thompson On February 11, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker released details of his budget repair bill, a highly publicized measure directed at addressing the state’s budget crisis. Regardless of one’s political bent, there is no question that the bill, if adopted, will significantly change the landscape of public-sector employment in Wisconsin. The bill […]

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Passage of Health Care Reform Will Change Game for Employers

Updated Thursday, March 25, 2010 Since President Barack Obama signed part of an expansive health care reform package into law on Tuesday, March 23, 2010, employers should prepare for many changes to their health and benefits plans. The President signed the U.S. Senate’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590), which the U.S. House […]

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Employer-Related Changes in Democrats’ New Health Care Reform Compromise Bill

Yesterday, congressional Democrats released the Health Care and Education Affordability Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872), a compromise bill designed to provide a package of “fixes” to the U.S. Senate’s original health care reform bill — the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590). Similar to the original Senate bill, there are several provisions […]

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Democrats Shooting for Passage of Health Care Reform This Weekend

This week, Democrats have been moving full steam ahead toward passage of health care reform legislation that would affect employers in many ways. Since the Democrats lost their supermajority in the U.S. Senate, many of their colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives want to pass the Senate’s version of health care reform so the […]

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What Obama’s New Health Care Reform Proposal Means for Employers

This morning, President Barack Obama released a health care reform proposal that “bridges the gap between the House and Senate bills.” The President released his proposal in advance of the upcoming televised health care summit on Thursday, February 25, and White House officials have noted that the proposal will serve as the starting point for […]

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Republicans Block Controversial NLRB Nominee Craig Becker

On Tuesday, U.S. Senate Republicans (along with two Democrats) used a filibuster to block Craig Becker’s nomination to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In a 52-33 vote, the Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed to end the Senate debate on Becker’s nomination and move to a final vote. Senators Ben Nelson (D-Nebraska) […]

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