Jade West, senior vice president-government relations for the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, says distributors don’t need to worry about much being done on the legislative front this year – in part due to upcoming presidential elections.
“Congress will do very little this year,” West said recently at the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors’ annual Executive Summit at the end of January.
Instead, keep a close eye on regulatory shifts – mostly related to labor rules. According to West, the administration’s regulatory agenda is “very real and very transparent” and has not slowed down. In fact, many of the changes proposed this year through the National Labor Relations Board and other regulatory agencies were part of what was known as the "card check act," or the Employee Free Choice Act, a union-focused bill that was never passed.
Most of the following actions are still in the proposed stage or are being actively contested in court or other venues. Here are some of the items NAW is tracking this year (featured in the latest issue of MDM):
- Requiring private businesses to post a “Notice of Employee Rights Under National Labor Relations Act.”
- Ambush elections rule changes.
- Change in how collective bargaining units are determined. “This is a huge deal, and it’s not going away,” West said.
- Proposed rules to require disclosure of advice received that may influence employee decisions to form, join or assist a union.
- Increased access to business premises by union organizers.
- Wage and Hour Division proposed rules that would require the sharing of information on how wages are computed.
- Broadening the definition of “concerted activity,” which may limit employers’ ability to discipline employees who post derogatory material about the company or co-workers on social media sites.
Get details on these issues in the latest issue of MDM: Labor Rules a Key Concern for NAW: NAW outlines key political and regulatory issues for distributors.