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Reporting Deadline for EEO-1 Coming up Fast

After a brief hiatus due to the COVID-19 health emergency, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is reminding covered businesses that they must report EEO-1 Component 1 data for both 2019 and 2020 by July 19, 2021. The portal for data collection and submission will open April 26, 2021.  

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President Biden's Infrastructure Bill May Be Designed to Strengthen Organized Labor

President Biden is in the process of proposing his second multi-trillion bill, on infrastructure, with a third multi-trillion bill to follow thereafter. Unlike President Obama's infrastructure bills, however the infrastructure bill produced in April, called the American Jobs Plan, would require employers benefitting from an infusion of infrastructure funds to pay prevailing wages and stay neutral in union organizing efforts.

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Politics Is Risky Business for CEOs

The above headline appeared in the Opinion section of the Wall Street Journal. The writer of the article, a former CEO of American Express, advises that executives should not take a company position on public-policy questions that do not directly affect their business. Among other things, the article points out that whatever political statements are made, it will alienate many employees and customers. In discussing executives expressing such opinions on political issues, the Economist magazine reports that: "They enjoy little upside and risk plenty of downside." 

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Pro Act Suppresses Employee Right to Vote in Union Elections

This writer is from Georgia, where a recently passed state law has been accused by the media of discouraging voting by minorities. While this writer believes this claim is overstated at best, and false at worst, as evidenced by the fact that both Democrat activist Stacey Abrams and Republican former President Trump believe that recent elections in Georgia did not have sufficient safeguards. However, the subject of this article is not the Georgia state election laws, but the fact that massive media attention is being given to the claim that Georgia election laws discourage minority voting, while no one, and certainly not the press, seems to be interested in the massive discouragement of voting in union elections under the PRO Act. 

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Importance and Effect of Rejection of Union by Amazon Workers

In the most closely watched union representation election in at least a decade, Amazon workers at its warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, defeated the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, with 1,798 no votes to only 738 yes votes, along with approximately 500 challenged ballots that will not be counted because it would not affect the results. Statistically, counting all eligible voters, the results mean that fewer than 16% voted to join the union. This was a crushing defeat for the union, particularly since it was endorsed by President Biden and many other political officials, including a well-known Republican (Sen. Rubio). The largest two private employers in the country, Amazon and Walmart, have no union representation, and thus that situation will not change. 

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