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HR professionals must prepare for Donald Trump's proposed workplace policies

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Alexander Acosta is Trump’s New Pick for Labor Secretary

Alexander Acosta is Trump’s New Pick for Labor Secretary

A controversial selection from the outset, CKE Restaurants CEO Andrew Puzder has withdrawn his nomination to lead the Department of Labor in the Trump administration, just the 13th cabinet choice to ever withdraw his nomination. · Read More


Top Workplace News:

In Focus: 'A Day Without Immigrants'
San Francisco is suing President Donald Trump over an executive order to withhold funds from "sanctuary cities" that don't comply with immigration-related requests from the federal government. Though the order isn't directly related to the workplace, employers in sanctuary cities may be prime targets for ICE raids and audits.

Suspended Travel Ban Impacting U.S. Business
A federal court ruling suspended President Trump's executive order of Jan. 27 that banned immigrants from seven countries from entering the United States. Still, the president's actions sent shock waves and confusion through the business community and prompted a nationwide immigrants' strike. Such a travel ban, if enacted, would have significantly changed how many U.S. companies do business.

Employers’ Usual Rules Apply to National General Strikers
Businesses can enforce their typical absence rules if their workers participate in the Feb. 17 National General Strike, but exercise caution in those rare circumstances where participation constitutes protected concerted activity.

Donald Trump Takes Office:

It is time for HR professionals to review and prepare for President Donald Trump's proposed workplace policies:

Donald TrumpTrump’s Ideas for the Workplace
In some cases, President Donald Trump is calling for less regulation; in others, he calls for more. And his proposals aren't without some controversy. · Read More

Donald TrumpTrump's First 100 Days
Trump's first 100 days will be dedicated to initial steps such as repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and proposing paid maternity leave. · Read More

Workplace Policies

Employers’ Usual Rules Apply to National General Strikers

Employers’ Usual Rules Apply to General Strikers

Businesses can enforce their typical absence rules if their workers participate in the Feb. 17 National General Strike, but exercise caution in those rare circumstances where participation constitutes protected concerted activity. · Read More


Trump's Workplace Policies:

Trump Sued Over ‘One Reg In, Two Out’ Executive Order
Another executive order from President Donald Trump is under fire—this time the Jan. 30 order that directs federal agencies to repeal two federal regulations for every new rule they issue.

Hiring Freeze Rattles Federal Workforce
A federal hiring freeze is not an unheard-of step at the beginning of a new administration as it sets its leadership priorities. But a hiring freeze can agitate the federal workforce, as key positions go unfilled despite previous approvals to fill them.

Federal Court in Dallas Rules in Favor of Fiduciary Rule, But Does It Matter?
A federal district court in Dallas denied a request to vacate the Department of Labor's controversial fiduciary rule, promulgated by the Obama administration. The rule may be legal, but the Trump administration can still move to delay, revise or revoke it.

What Would Happen to Covered California After ACA Repeal?
Republican members of Congress are talking about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has left many Californians wondering what will happen to their coverage under the state's federally subsidized exchange plans.

Trump’s Directives Could Undo Fiduciary Rule and Dodd-Frank Regulations
President Donald Trump issued directives on Feb. 3 that are intended to lessen the regulatory burdens on U.S. business, and on financial services firms and banks in particular. But employers that sponsor 401(k) retirement plans will also be affected.

LGBTQ Worker Protections Will Continue Under Trump, White House SaysLGBTQ Worker Protections Will Continue Under Trump
President Donald Trump will continue to enforce Barack Obama's 2014 executive order that created certain workplace protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people, the White House said in a statement.

Trump and Puzder: What Employee Benefits Do Their Companies Offer?
President Donald Trump and his nominee for Labor Secretary, Andrew Puzder, are known as tough corporate executives focused on the bottom line. So it's not surprising that many might be skeptical about their commitment to providing their own employees with leading-edge benefits. SHRM Online decided to look at the benefits offered by both men's organizations to see how generous or stingy they are.

Obama Legacy Includes ACA, New Overtime Rule, LGBT Protections 
President Barack Obama entered office during the Great Recession and is leaving the nation's economy—by many measures—better than he found it. During his tenure, he issued executive orders to protect diverse groups of federal employees and called on private businesses to do the same. Now his landmark piece of legislation, the Affordable Care Act, faces being repealed and replaced, and President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to undo many of Obama's executive orders. 

Will Trump's Administration Enforce Marijuana Laws?
Under President Barack Obama, the Department of Justice (DOJ) hasn't focused enforcement efforts on stopping state-approved medical or recreational marijuana use, but that could change with the new administration.

Employers that Export Jobs Face UncertaintyEmployers that Export Jobs Face Uncertainty
President-elect Donald Trump's threat to impose steep tariffs on U.S. companies planning to move jobs abroad could have a chilling effect on those intentions. But it's not clear if the president has the power to sanction individual organizations for exporting jobs, if such penalties would be supported by Congress or if the courts would uphold those penalties.

Regulatory Reform Likely Under Puzder
Despite worker groups' opposition, wage and hour attorneys predict that Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants—the parent company of the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's burger chains—will be confirmed by the Senate as the next secretary of labor. Employers can then expect Department of Labor (DOL) regulations implemented under the Obama administration to be re-examined or repealed.

Labor Relations Will Change Under Trump
The election of Donald Trump as president turned the landscape of labor relations law upside down. Prior to the election, those expecting Hillary Clinton would win projected the expansion of the Obama administration's rules and executive orders. But the advent of a Trump administration reverses those assumptions.

Woman and childTrump’s Maternity Leave Proposal May Not Be Popular on Capitol Hill 
Once Donald Trump becomes president, he may find critics of his paid maternity leave proposal on both sides of the aisle. 



Much attention has been focused on how President-elect Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress will approach health care benefits, but less has been said about the incoming administration's views on retirement benefits. That's because retirement savings, while critical for Americans' security and well-being, wasn't addressed much during the campaign.


ACA Likely to Change Substantially but Full Repeal Unlikely
President Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders are expected to first make a grand gesture of trying to repeal the ACA, and then start negotiating with Democrats on changing the law in ways that can attract enough senators from both parties to pass the 60-vote threshold. Alternatively, Republicans may use the process of budget reconciliation—in which a simple Senate majority is needed to pass measures related to spending.

President-Elect Trump’s Paid Parental Leave Is Only for Mothers After Childbirth
In September, then-candidate Donald Trump unveiled a plan to guarantee six weeks of paid maternity leave for new mothers after childbirth. It does not extend to new fathers, parents who adopt nor those who have children through surrogacy.


Immigration Policies

In Focus: 'A Day Without Immigrants'

In Focus: 'A Day Without Immigrants'

San Francisco is suing President Donald Trump over an executive order to withhold funds from "sanctuary cities" that don't comply with immigration-related requests from the federal government. Though the order isn't directly related to the workplace, employers in sanctuary cities may be prime targets for ICE raids and audits. · Read More


Top Immigration News:

Suspended Travel Ban Impacting U.S. Business
A federal court ruling suspended President Trump's executive order of Jan. 27 that banned immigrants from seven countries from entering the United States. Still, the president's actions sent shock waves and confusion through the business community and prompted a nationwide immigrants' strike. Such a travel ban, if enacted, would have significantly changed how many U.S. companies do business.

San Francisco Is Fighting Trump’s ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Order
San Francisco is suing President Donald Trump over an executive order to withhold funds from "sanctuary cities" that don't comply with immigration-related requests from the federal government. Though the order isn't directly related to the workplace, employers in sanctuary cities may be prime targets for ICE raids and audits.

Appeals Court Denies President Trump’s Request to Reinstate Immigration Ban
Employers may continue to process immigration and travel for foreign national workers from the seven countries named in President Donald Trump's executive order limiting immigration. A federal appeals court unanimously denied the president's appeal to reinstate the ban.

Judge Halts President Trump’s Immigration Ban
Foreign national employees impacted by President Donald Trump's immigration ban can again be admitted to the United States after a federal district court in Washington state issued a temporary restraining order Feb. 3 prohibiting enforcement of the president's Jan. 27 executive order suspending travel from certain countries.

Viewpoint: Immigration and You
For HR practitioners who deal with employment-based immigration, these are anxious times. On the one hand, we have widespread agreement that our immigration system is in need of reform. On the other, it is not clear the changes now being made will contribute to a 21st century workplace that is innovative, fair and competitive.

Trump Immigration Ban Leaves Employers, Workers in Limbo
President Donald Trump's Jan. 27 executive order temporarily restricting immigration from seven countries created confusion and uncertainty for employers and the foreign nationals they employ. The order banned nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days in order to review screening procedures for immigrants and refugees.

President-elect Donald Trump campaigned with an immigration enforcement-first message, focusing on border and worksite enforcement and protecting U.S. workers' jobs. 


Cabinet & Nominations

Alexander Acosta is Trump’s New Pick for Labor Secretary

Alexander Acosta is Trump’s New Pick for Labor Secretary

A controversial selection from the outset, CKE Restaurants CEO Andrew Puzder has withdrawn his nomination to lead the Department of Labor in the Trump administration, just the 13th cabinet choice to ever withdraw his nomination. · Read More


Cabinet & Nomination News:

Puzder Withdraws Nomination for Secretary of Labor
A controversial selection from the outset, CKE Restaurants CEO Andrew Puzder has withdrawn his nomination to lead the Department of Labor in the Trump administration, just the 13th cabinet choice to ever withdraw his nomination.

Donald Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Has Favored Employers in Past Decisions
In selecting Neil Gorsuch as a nominee to serve on the Supreme Court on Jan. 31, President Donald Trump chose someone very much in the mold of former Justice Antonin Scalia, court watchers agree.

In Focus: Puzder Confirmation Hearing Delayed Indefinitely
The confirmation hearing for labor secretary nominee and CKE Restaurants CEO Andrew Puzder has been delayed indefinitely.

New NLRB Acting Chairman May Tilt Board Pro-Business
President Donald Trump's naming of Philip Miscimarra as acting chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Jan. 23 will shift the direction of the NLRB toward business interests, but dramatic changes won't happen until the board has filled its two vacant seats, according to Donald Schroeder, an attorney with Foley & Lardner in Boston.

Trump Names Victoria Lipnic Acting Chair of EEOC
The new acting chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is a great choice for business and workers alike, management attorneys say.

Is Holder’s New Calif. Job Unconstitutional?
By hiring former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder as outside counsel, California may be signaling that it will take a leading role in challenging President Donald Trump's initiatives. But some Republicans say that retaining Holder violates the state's constitution.


Politics in the Workplace

Post-Election Emotions Run High in the Workplace

Post-Election Emotions Run High in the Workplace

When Lisa North got to work on Nov. 9, just a few hours after Donald Trump was named the U.S. president-elect, she wasn't prepared for what she encountered: Some workers were weeping. Others were expressing horror and dread about the future. Others came to work late that day. · Read More


Politics in the Workplace News:

Employers’ Usual Rules Apply to National General Strikers
Businesses can enforce their typical absence rules if their workers participate in the Feb. 17 National General Strike, but exercise caution in those rare circumstances where participation constitutes protected concerted activity.

Executive Onboarding Lessons from Presidential Transitions
Imagine what would happen if your company’s entire executive leadership and management teams up and left at the same time, handing over their badges and turning off the lights without leaving so much as a list of tips behind for the folks who would replace them. Thousands of vacancies would open up in an instant—and your HR team would have less than three months to recruit for those positions.

Presidential Election Is Stressing Out Workers, Hurting Productivity
The contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for president of the United States stressed out workers and incited workplace arguments that hurt productivity, according to findings by the American Psychological Association.


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