1. A preliminary injunction was issued October 24 on the Obama administration's Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order.
NECA’s Look Ahead: The injunction, issued by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, is a major setback in the Obama administration's attempt to ensure government contractors who have no violations of federal or state labor laws are awarded government contracts. The order would require federal contractors to disclose recent labor violations when bidding on a new contract, and it allows agencies to deny contracts to violators.
2. The U.S. Department of Labor released a memorandum on October 18 stating that OSHA has agreed to delay enforcement of the final rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses until December 1, 2016.
NECA’s Look Ahead: This delay is due to a request submitted on October 14 by the District Court, Northern District of Texas asking OSHA to allow them additional time to consider a motion pending before the court in a case challenging the new provisions.
3. While election day is only 10 days away, another election is already preoccupying many on Capitol Hill – the vote for Speaker of the House.
NECA’s Look Ahead: Members of the House Freedom Caucus are calling for a delay in the House Republican leadership elections until after the upcoming lame-duck session. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) made the formal request and other conservatives are saying they want to see how the 2017 fiscal year spending bill and other items are handled before agreeing to give Speaker Ryan and his team another two year term. At this time there is no indication whether this request will be granted.