Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States of America on Friday, January 20, 2017. Almost immediately, businesses should expect the new administration to make changes in the employment landscape. Here are some areas that HR professionals are closely watching with new legislation in 2017:
A judge in Texas blocked the federal overtime rule that would have required employers to pay time-and-a-half to employees who worked more than 40 hours a week and earned less than $47,476 a year. As a result, employers may continue to follow the existing overtime regulations until a final decision is reached. The nominee for Labor Secretary is Andrew Puzder, who is firmly opposed to the legislation. If confirmed, Puzder could simply direct Labor Department lawyers to drop the appeal, leaving the injunction in place and overtime regulations unchanged.
FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE
The Republican Party platform indicates that minimum wage is a state, not a federal issue. Furthermore, the Labor Secretary nominee, Andrew Puzder, opposes increasing the minimum wage. With a Republican-held House and Senate, and the nomination of Puzder, any action on raising the federal minimum wage may lose traction.
INCREASED DEMAND FOR WORKERS
Another campaign promise was to block incoming migrants and expel illegal migrants already in the country, possibly impacting some 10 million people over time. Under the new administration, an increase in ICE audits and raids by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency are likely, and bills are being drafted to make E-Verify mandatory for all employers. If these actions succeed in reducing the overall number of migrant workers in the country, it will impact the labor pool and create a stronger demand for local talent.