CFGI Quoted - "Trump’s Ideas for Change in the Workplace"

11/9/2016
SHRM

​"Now that Donald Trump has been elected president, the electorate is taking a closer look at his priorities. For HR professionals, his positions on issues affecting the workplace are of particular interest. In some cases, he is calling for less regulation; in other situations, he calls for more. And his proposals aren't without some controversy.

"Trump has promised to:

  • Reform regulations and reduce taxes.
  • Attack the trade deficit.
  • Repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
  • Support up to six weeks of paid maternity leave and encourage employers to provide child care at work.
  • Push for nationwide E-Verify.
  • Call for an increase in the prevailing wage for H-1B visas.
  • Favor a small-business exemption from the overtime rule.

". . . E-Verify

"While Trump's position on building a wall at the border of the United States and Mexico is common knowledge, his stance on workforce enforcement of immigration laws is less well-known. Trump supports nationwide use of the employment eligibility verification system known as E-Verify by all employers, a stance that resembles the federal government's mandate that federal contractors use that system, Birbal noted. 'In addition, there are approximately 22 states and localities that require the use of either E-Verify or a specified alternative for some or all employers,' she said.

"More than 600,000 employers now use E-Verify, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website. 'Given that Congress has reauthorized the E-Verify program for years, the established mandated requirements for federal contractors, various state requirements and the nationwide use by [some] employers, it is conceivable that a mandatory E-Verify program will garner support in the next Congress,' she stated.

"Increase in Prevailing Wage for H-1B Visas

"Trump also has called for an increase in the prevailing wage for H-1B visas—visas for positions requiring specialized knowledge—in one of his fact sheets. In addition, he favors a requirement to hire American workers first, before making visas available, by sending ads for workers to unemployment offices.

"'The ideas to require the hiring of American workers first and to increase the prevailing wage for H-1B are both good ideas and would go a long way to fix what's wrong with H-1B,' said Daniel Costa, director of immigration law and policy research with the Economic Policy Institute. However, he added, 'Trump has been on both sides of the H-1B issue, and multiple times on each side. I don't know where he stands right now on H-1B—depends on which day you ask.'

"'These ideas are likely to garner support next Congress,' predicted Rebecca Peters, director of government affairs at the Council for Global Immigration, an affiliate of SHRM. 'Bipartisan support already exists for increasing requirements on sponsoring employers when it comes to H-1B visas. The outlook is one that will be challenging for employers that need more visas to access professionals,' particularly in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields."

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