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Congressman Tim Walberg

Representing the 7th District of Michigan

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Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions

In my capacity as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions (HELP), I am working with my colleagues to promote policies that grow our economy, allow businesses to create new jobs, and ensure the rights of workers and employers are protected. The HELP subcommittee is tasked with overseeing matters dealing with relationships between employers and employees, expanding business opportunities, employee benefits, and retirement security for American workers. 

The subcommittee has jurisdiction over a number of labor laws, including: 

National Labor Relations Act – Enacted in 1935, the NRLA recognizes the right of employees to engage in collective bargaining through representatives of their own choosing.  The National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) is the federal agency charged with implementing the NRLA.  The NLRB investigates and adjudicates representation disputes, complaints of unfair labor practices, and contract disputes.   

Labor Management Relations Act (“Taft-Hartley”) – Seeks to prevent labor-management disputes that would burden or obstruct commerce and harm the economy, by listing unacceptable labor practices for unions, guarantees certain freedoms of conduct and speech to employers, and provides for states to enact right-to-work laws.

Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (“Landrum-Griffin Act”) – Establishes a union member “Bills of Rights,” safeguards against improper disciplinary actions, freedom of speech, freedom from interference with the right to sue, and freedom from increased dues except by majority vote.  Also requires unions to issue yearly financial disclosures, and set forth specific election procedures.  

Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) – Sets minimum standards that private-sector pension and health plans must met with respect to reporting and disclosure, employee participation and vesting, plan funding, and fiduciary standards.  

More info about the subcommittee can be found here.

Hearings

12/06/2017 – Workplace Leave Policies: Opportunities and Challenges for Employers and Working Families
11/29/2017 – Financial Challenges Facing the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: Implications for Pension Plans, Workers, and Retirees.
11/15/2017 – Examining the Policies and Priorities of the U.S. Department of Labor. 
09/13/2017 – Joint Subcommittee Hearing on H.R.3441, Save Local Business Act.
06/14/2017  Legislative Reforms to the National Labor Relations Act
05/18/2017  Regulatory Barriers Facing Workers and Families Saving for Retirement
03/29/2017 – H.R.986, Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act
02/14/2017Restoring Balance and Fairness to the National Labor Relations Board

Videos and Related Items

12/06/2017 – Walberg Chairs Hearing on Paid Leave and Flexible Work Policies
11/29/2017 – Financial Challenges Facing the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
11/15/2017 – Questions to Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta
07/21/2017 – Protect Affordable Retirement Advice for Savers
06/11/2017 – Detroit News Column: Labor board should help small businesses
02/15/2017 – Walberg Takes Action to Protect Retirement Security
02/07/2017 – Sponsored Legislation: H.J.Res.66 Disapproving the rule submitted by the Dept. of Labor relating to saving arrangements established by States for non-governmental employees.
02/02/2017 – Roll Back Misguided Blacklisting Rule

Press Releases

01/04/2018 – Foxx and Walberg Applaud Expansion of Access to Healthcare for Families and Small Businesses
11/07/2017 – Foxx, Walberg Statement on Senate Confirmation of Peter Robb
10/12/2017 – Foxx, Walberg Respond to President’s Health Care Executive Order
09/25/2017 – Foxx, Walberg Statement on Senate Confirmation of William Emanuel
08/02/2017 – Foxx, Walberg Statement on Senate Confirmation of Marvin Kaplan
07/12/2017 – Making a Difference in the Fight to End Human Trafficking
06/29/2017 – Committee Approves Three Bills to Restore Fairness and Balance to Labor Policies
06/27/2017 – Foxx, Walberg Applaud President’s Nominations to NLRB
06/04/2017 – Committee Leaders Take Action to Promote Worker Freedom
05/18/2017 – Flawed Fiduciary Rule Would “Hurt the Very People It’s Intended to Help” 
05/18/2017 – President Signs Resolution Upholding Strong Retirement Protections 
03/08/2017 – Committee Advances Reforms to Expand Affordable Health Care Coverage for Working Families
02/16/2017 – Johnson, Walberg Introduce Legislation to Expand Health Care Coverage, Lower Costs for Small Businesses 
02/15/2017 – House Passes Resolutions to Protect Retirement Savers 
02/14/2017 – ICYMI: More government may not be the answer to boosting retirement savings 
02/14/2017 – Witnesses Describe Urgent Need to Restore Balance & Fairness to NLRB 
02/08/2017 – Walberg, Rooney Take Action to Protect Retirement Savers
02/03/2017 – Foxx, Walberg Praise Executive Action to Protect Low- and Middle-Income Retirement Savers

More on Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions

March 20, 2018 Press Release
The hearing focused on expanding health care coverage and lower costs for workers by empowering small businesses to band together through association health plans and negotiate for lower costs on behalf of their employees.
March 7, 2018 Press Release
Our bill empowers working women, promotes workplace flexibility, and protects against discrimination and unequal treatment in the workplace.
February 16, 2018 Press Release
Too many Americans – from all walks of life and from all parts of the country – are facing the terrifying realities of opioid abuse, and far too many are dying from opioid misuse and overdose every day.
December 22, 2017 Press Release
Over the past year, my focus has been on policies to improve the lives of Michigan families.
December 8, 2017 Press Release
The Increasing Access to a Secure Retirement Act will help more Americans have peace of mind in their retirement years.