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Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions

In my capacity as the Ranking Member 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, strengthen employee benefit program, and safeguard the rights of workers and employers. 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

01/28/2020 – Expecting More: Addressing America’s Maternal and Infant Health Crisis
10/23/2019 – The Future of Work: Preserving Worker Protections in the Modern Economy
09/26/2019 – Making Health Care Affordable: Lowering Drug Prices and Increasing Transparency
05/08/2019 – Protecting the Right to Organize Act: Deterring Unfair Labor Practices
04/02/2019 – Examining Surprise Billing: Protecting Patients from Financial Pain
03/26/2019 – Protecting Workers’ Right to Organize: The Need for Labor Law Reform
03/07/2019 – The Cost of Inaction: Why Congress Must Address the Multiemployer Pension Crisis
07/24/2018 – H.R.4219 Workflex in the 21st Century Act
06/21/2018 – Growth, Opportunity, and Change in the U.S. Labor Market and the American Workforce: A Review of Current Developments, Trends, and Statistics
05/16/2018 – Enhancing Retirement Security: Examining Proposals to Simplify and Modernize Retirement Plan Administration
04/26/2018 – Worker-Management Relations: Examining the Need to Modernize Federal Labor Law
03/20/2018 – Expanding Affordable Health Care Options: Examining the Department of Labor’s Proposed Rule on Association Health Plans
02/15/2018 – The Opioids Epidemic: Implications for America's Workplaces

Videos and Related Items

11/26/2019 – WILX: U.S Labor Secretary Visits Jackson Plant
05/23/2019 – Walberg Champions Bipartisan Retirement Security Legislation
05/16/2019 – Walberg Statement on Lowering Prescription Drug Prices
05/01/2019 – Walberg Questions Labor Secretary on Multiemployer Pension Crisis
04/02/2019 – Walberg Works to Protect Patients from Surprise Medical Bills
02/07/2019 – Walberg Discusses Solutions to Expand Coverage, Lower Health Care Costs
07/11/2018 – Detroit News column: New affordable health care options for Michigan small businesses
05/17/2018 – Walberg Chairs Hearing on Bipartisan Solutions to Enhance Retirement Security

Press Releases

08/06/2020 – Foxx, Walberg Applaud DOL Actions to Improve Access to Quality Retirement Advice
02/18/2020 – Foxx, Walberg Applaud DOL Rule to Improve Union Transparency and Accountability
01/30/2020 – Ahead of PRO Act Vote, Foxx and Walberg Urge Democrats to Investigate Union Corruption
01/09/2020 – Foxx, Walberg Support NLRB Efforts to Expand Employee Free Choice
12/13/2019 – Foxx, Walberg Support NLRB Efforts to End Ambush Elections
12/06/2019 – Foxx, Comer, Walberg Praise DOL Rule to Increase Veteran Health Care Access
09/19/2019 – Foxx, Walberg Urge Committee Dems to Investigate Union Corruption
01/28/2019 – Foxx, Walberg Affirm Commitment to Job Creators and Employees

Legislation

02/28/2019 – Sponsored Legislation: H.R.1439, Increasing Access to a Secure Retirement Act
04/12/2019 – Sponsored Legislation: H.R. 2294, Association Health Plans Act
01/24/2020 – Cosponsored Legislation: H.R.5676, Retirement Plan Modernization Act

 

More on Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions

January 27, 2020 Press Release
This bipartisan bill is a commonsense step in our efforts to empower every American to retire with financial security and peace of mind.
December 17, 2019 Press Release
For too many families, having enough money in their golden years is a source of constant worry and uncertainty.
May 23, 2019 Press Release
Under these reforms, hardworking families will have broader and better options to plan ahead and set aside money for the future.
April 12, 2019 Press Release
By allowing small businesses to band together through association health plans, we can lower health care costs for working families.
April 5, 2019 Tim In The News
A hearing to examine solutions to protect patients from surprise medical bills was held Tuesday by the U.S. House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions.