• Advocacy Team

COVID-19 Federal Updates: May 4, 2020

Updated: Jun 9


Federal policymakers are set to start returning to Washington on Monday and they appear to be no closer to an agreement on the next potential relief bill.

President Trump said that he will not support another round of COVID-19 stimulus funding without a payroll tax cut included; the remark was made while discussing his support for federal investments in infrastructure projects as a job-creating ingredient in future legislation.

Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown has joined Democratic colleagues in a letter that asks Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer to include a $50 billion child care bailout in upcoming legislation to help the nation recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Senator Brown and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur have said they want the next aid package to include money to shore up multi-employer pension systems.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) invites small business and workers to participate in the DOL’s “Opening America’s Workplaces Again National Online Dialogue.” Through this dialogue, the public can play a key role in helping to reopen America’s workplaces safely. The public – including employers, workers, local authorities and advocacy groups – is invited to share ideas on six topics:

  1. Reopening businesses;

  2. Commuting safely;

  3. Working safely;

  4. Accommodating members of vulnerable populations;

  5. Supporting America’s families; and

  6. Reducing regulatory burdens.

Ideas and feedback collected during the dialogue will be used by the DOL as it continues to develop compliance assistance materials and guidance for workers and employers, and will be shared with policy-makers at the federal, state and local level as they develop and refine plans on reopening America’s workplaces. The comment period ends May 7, 2020.

The department’s Office of Compliance Initiatives (OCI) will host the dialogue in partnership with OSHA, WHD, the department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, its Employee Benefits Security Administration, its Employment and Training Administration, its Office of Disability Employment Policy, its Veterans’ Employment and Training Service and its Women’s Bureau. Please register to participate at https://OpeningWorkplaces.ideascale.com.

OCI is part of the department’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy. It aims to foster a compliance assistance culture within the department, complement its enforcement efforts and improve compliance assistance outreach. Through Worker.gov and Employer.gov, OCI provides information about worker rights and employer responsibilities.

Please join the dialogue to submit your ideas, votes, and comments directly to DOL. Visit https://OpeningWorkplaces.IdeaScale.com to learn more and register for the dialogue.

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