- Written by Adrian Hoppes, Rebecca Schach and Rebecca Hause-Schultz
Another Employer-friendly Nod from Trump
By: Adrian Hoppes
President Trump tapped Eugene Scalia, son of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to fill the Labor Secretary vacancy at the Department of Labor (“DOL”) created when Alex Acosta stepped down this past July. Scalia is a long time management-side employment attorney. If Scalia is confirmed, he will bring with him years of expertise in challenging several administrative regulations, including at the DOL. Scalia has worked in the trenches on a large number of labor issues for years and brings a significant level of understanding on how to enact President Trump’s agenda. Scalia faced many tough questions on Thursday September 19th during his hearing before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee but overall, his performance did not suggest that there will be a road block from sending his nomination to the Republican-controlled Senate.
- Written by Michael Saqui and Rebecca Hause-Schultz
AB 5 has far reaching impacts for employers, but the Governor’s Signing Statement on AB 5 made it clear that the Governor sees AB 5 as an “important step” along the way—focused now on a future of “creating pathways for more workers to form a union…” The Statement, available here, also says that the Governor will convene leaders from the Legislature, the labor movement, and the business community to step “in where the federal government has fallen short and granting workers excluded from the National Labor Relations Act the right to organize and collectively bargain.”
While there are no concrete steps laid out on how the Governor intends to reach this goal, it is clear that increased union activity is part of the plan. If you have questions about how AB 5 impacts your business or labor relations, contact the experts at The Saqui Law Group, a division of Dowling Aaron.