The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its annual report on the nation’s workers on Tuesday, and one of the highlights of the report is the fact that “employers are not the only ones to suffer” under a new law.
The law, which was enacted by President Donald Trump’s administration in February and goes into effect next year, would require employers to show a “probable cause” for firing employees, or suspending work, based on “a unionized worker’s political affiliation or affiliation with a union.”
It would also require employers who violate the law to pay fines.
But many workers who have filed lawsuits, and even some who have sued, say that the law would not be a good idea, as they would have to work at least part-time, and potentially have to take unpaid leave to do so.
“The way the bill was written was designed to prevent union organizing, not make it easier to organize,” said James Martin, president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.
The DOL said that it is currently reviewing its rules for how employers can conduct background checks and provide other protections for employees, but that they will be “improving as the legislation is amended.”
“While we are committed to being fair, effective and accountable to the American people, this bill does not provide the resources, oversight or accountability that our employees deserve,” the agency said in a statement.
“The bill also does not include a process for the DOL to provide employees with access to their right to organize.
We urge the Administration to continue the work it has already begun on these important reforms.”
In addition to requiring employers to provide workers with the opportunity to opt out of a union, the new law also mandates that they have to provide the information on employees who file complaints.
The DOL says it has not yet determined what the requirements are for those who file the complaint.
In its statement, the DOWL said that this provision “is meant to help protect the rights of workers, protect the integrity of the workplace and promote the health and safety of our workforce.”