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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

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
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

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
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

05/16/2018 – Subcommittee Seeks Bipartisan Solutions to Update Retirement Plan Administration
04/26/2018 – Subcommittee Discusses Need to Modernize Outdated Labor Laws
04/11/2018 – Foxx, Walberg Statement on Confirmation of John Ring to National Labor Relations Board
03/20/2018 – Subcommittee Hearing Examines Expanding Affordable Health Care for All
03/05/2018 – Foxx and Walberg Submit Comments to Department of Labor on Expansion of Access to Health Care for Families and Small Businesses
02/15/2018 – Joint Subcommittee Hearing Examines the Impacts of Opioids in the Workplace
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

Legislation

12/07/2017 – Sponsored Legislation: H.R.4604 – Increasing Access to a Secure Retirement Act
10/26/2017 – Sponsored Legislation: H.R.4158, Retirement Plan Modernization Act
06/08/2017 – Cosponsored Legislation: H.R.2823, Affordable Retirement Advice for Savers Act
02/16/2017 – Cosponsored Legislation: H.R.1101, Small Business Health Fairness Act
02/07/2017 – Sponsored Legislation:  H.J.Res.66 – Disapproving the rule submitted by the Department of Labor relating to savings arrangements established by States for non-governmental employees

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.