CFGI quoted – “Trump’s Ideas for Change in the Workplace”


“With the presidential debates underway, the electorate is taking a closer look at Donald Trump's 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:

  • "…Push for nationwide E-Verify.
  • "Call for an increase in the prevailing wage for H-1B visas.


“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…

“…More than 600,000 employers now use E-Verify, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website. 

“…Increase in Prevailing Wage for H-1B Visas

“Trump also has called for an increase in the prevailing wage for H-1B visas…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.

“…‘No matter who is elected president, 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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