Whereas nobody is aware of what the result of the presidential election will likely be, if Vice President Biden is elected, hospitality employers ought to anticipate to see the next labor and employment points entrance and heart:
- A name to extend the federal minimal wage from $7.25 an hour. The final time the federal minimal wage elevated was 2009. In fact, many states and municipalities have already got a minimal wage that’s increased than the federal minimal wage. It is a discrete concern that’s straightforward to grasp and will turn into regulation with out important pushback. If the federal minimal wage is elevated, it seemingly could be in incremental steps over a number of years.
- A push for obligatory paid time without work. That is extra controversial and certain can have robust opposition. As with the minimal wage, many states and municipalities already require some quantity of paid time without work. If COVID-19 remains to be dramatically impacting the office after the election, proposals to increase current paid go away mandates (at the moment set to run out on December 31, 2020) will proliferate.
- An uptick in union organizing. Nationwide unions have had success at organizing significantly when staff’ security is at concern. With hundreds of thousands of staff on the entrance line, union group could enchantment to those that really feel (rightly or wrongly) that their employers put their security in danger with COVID-19. Laws handed the Home of Representatives this 12 months that might dramatically reshape labor relations regulation, however was not taken up by the Senate. If the composition of the Senate modifications considerably, there might be stress to revisit this invoice.
- Continuation of the battle concerning the standing of staff within the gig economic system. The headlines are unattainable to overlook concerning whether or not or not trip share drivers, meals supply drivers, housekeepers from staffing companies, and others within the gig economic system are impartial contractors or staff. Courts and companies throughout the nation have issued numerous (and conflicting) choices. A brand new Administration would seemingly try to control on this house.
These are just some of the attainable labor and employment points hospitality employers ought to anticipate to face if Vice President Biden is elected and/or congressional majorities change. If he’s not elected, we anticipate that “blue” states and municipalities will push ahead on minimal wage and paid time without work laws, however lack of federal motion. For a way more in-depth dialogue, be looking out for Littler’s Office Coverage Institute (WPI) election report popping out proper after Election Day, in addition to their webinar set for Friday, November 6, which is able to focus on the implications of the nationwide elections on labor and employment coverage.