Federal Agencies Release Spring 2020 Regulatory Agenda

On July 7, the federal government released its unified federal regulatory agenda—the document that outlines regulatory and deregulatory actions that agencies expect to take in coming months. Issues involving labor and employment feature prominently on the list.

Key Workplace Regulations

Very soon, the agency is expected to publish a proposed rule governing the incentives employers may provide to employees for participation in workplace wellness plans under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Additionally, the EEOC will release its notice of proposed rulemaking to govern the definition of “joint employer” under the Equal Pay Act, as well as propose a rule to revise existing regulations on the conciliation process.

Stay tuned for several revised regulations from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on rules affecting the issuance of work-based visas. A new rule governing H-1B visas is expected to be released this month.

Department of Labor
The Department of Labor intends to expedite a proposed rule detailing how workers may be classified as employees or independent contractors under federal wage and hour laws.

SHRM will continue to deliver the latest developments related to these anticipated rulemakings.