Employers Face New Labor Fines in Democratic Budget Maneuver (1)

Sept. 20, 2021, 8:26 AMUpdated: Sept. 20, 2021, 4:42 PM

Democrats seeking to increase government penalties for workplace violations are banking on a massive social spending measure that can bypass Senate Republican opposition as long as it meets certain criteria.

They’ll hand labor unions a victory if they can ensure that the board that oversees union organizing can impose the new fines on employers under its existing structure, labor and congressional analysts say.

Any new National Labor Relations Board programs for collecting the fines could raise questions about whether the legislative language is purely budget-related. If it’s deemed closer to policymaking, it could be stripped from the broader social spending ...

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