ABC New Hampshire & Vermont News
Post Election Meeting Scheduled to Preview Anticipated Activity
The NH/VT Chapter Government Relations Task Group will be meeting on Thursday, November 29th, 3PM, at the ABC Chapter office to discuss state and federal level election results and strategies for effectively representing our priorities and initiatives to support your business success. Generally, topics will include the below issues. If you are interested in attending the November 29 meeting please contact Mark Holden at the ABC office.
State level priorities will continue. ABC state level legislative and regulatory priorities were expressed to candidates during the campaigning process and ABC will continue to fight for initiatives that will provide a healthy economy and job creation. In summary our focus is on:
~ Requiring a study on the economic impact of any proposed new regulation on business.
~ Consultative, not punitive approach to support compliance with existing regulations (i.e. expand warning concept for first time violations).
~ Consistent interpretation and equitable enforcement of existing regulation.
~ Support efforts to encourage and allow improved process for the state procurement and management of construction services, including providing and managing contingency.
~ Advocate for sufficient funding of the NH school building aid program and restore the 3% incentive for high performance schools.
~ Fight for open competition and free enterprise principles!
Increased Federal regulatory action anticipated following 2012 National elections. Many controversial rulemakings originally slated for 2012 were put on hold due to the national elections and pressure from ABC and the broader business community. The Obama administration most likely will move ahead with these regulations now that he has been reelected, perhaps at a slightly relaxed pace, given that the administration will have four more years to complete its work.
Here are a couple examples:
“Employee rights” notice - In December 2011, the NLRB issued a final rule that would require employers to display a poster in their workplace that contains a biased and incomplete list of employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act. The “employee rights” notice posting rule has been subject to several legal challenges that assert the NLRB lacked the requisite authority to issue the rule. A final decision in the case is not expected until after the November election. Meanwhile, the current injunction remains in effect, and the NLRB cannot enforce its challenged notice requirement.
Ambush elections – In Aug, 2012, the NLRB filed an appeal against the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia’s May 14 decision that overturned its ambush election rule. The district court held the rule was invalid because it was adopted without the statutorily required quorum of NLRB members The ambush election rule was a controversial final rule issued in December 2011 that overhauled procedures for union representation elections. Under the rule, the amount of time between when a union filed a representation petition and an election took place would have been reduced from the current average of 40 days to as few as 17 days. A decision in the appeal is not expected until next year. Meanwhile, the NLRB ambush election rule is invalid and no longer in effect.
Implementation of Health Care Act. ABC has expressed serious concerns about the regulatory burdens imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). As part of the Employers for Flexibility in Health Care (EFHC) Coalition, ABC has met with the Obama administration about the implementation of PPACA and has advocated for the development of workable regulations that maintain employer-sponsored coverage as a competitive option for all employees, whether full-time, part-time, temporary or seasonal workers. For more information go to www.abc.org/HealthCareGuidance