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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

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

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

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

May 25, 2017 Press Release
It ensures the Department of Labor effectively trains its employees to recognize and respond to the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain.
May 23, 2017 Tim In The News
Congressman Tim Walberg, R-Tipton, authored a resolution signed by President Donald Trump to change a regulatory loophole created by the previous administration.
May 18, 2017 Press Release
This resolution restores important retirement protections that workers have counted on for decades.
May 2, 2017 Press Release
This commonsense bill removes unnecessary federal restrictions and offers workers more freedom to juggle their schedule and do what is best for their family.
March 22, 2017 Press Release