|Thursday, April 15, 2021|
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Complete Consideration of H.R. 7 – Paycheck Fairness Act (Rep. DeLauro – Education and Labor)
This bill requires employers to prove that pay disparities exist for legitimate, job-related reasons and not based on gender; bans retaliation against workers who discuss their wages; limits how employers can use the salary history of prospective employees; creates a negotiation and skills training program; removes obstacles in the Equal Pay Act to allow workers to participate in class action lawsuits that challenge systemic pay discrimination; and improves the Department of Labor’s (DOL) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) tools for enforcing the Equal Pay Act.
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The Rule provides for one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and Labor.
The Rule makes in order the following amendments and allows for amendments to be offered en bloc:
Requires the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to annually collect compensation data from employers disaggregated by the sex, race, and national origin of employees.
Requires employers to inform employees of their rights established under this act through currently required workplace posters and electronically.
Directs the Secretary of Labor to establish a program to award contracts and grants for the purpose of training employers about the role that salary negotiation and other inconsistent wage setting practices can have on allowing bias to enter compensation. Specifically, the training programs will provide guidance on the structural issues and disadvantages women and people of color face. They will also assist employers in examining the impact of a range of practices on opportunities, including self-auditing to identify structural issues that allow bias and inequity to enter compensation and internal equity among workers with similar skills, effort, responsibility and working conditions – among other things.
This substitute amendment replaces the Equal Pay Act’s “any factor other than sex” employer defense with a vague and legally ambiguous standard; provides employers with a liability shield if they conduct self-audits to identify potentially unlawful pay disparities; restricts employer reliance on prospective employees’ salary history, but allows the employer to rely on salary history at any time in the hiring process if a prospective employee self-discloses; authorizes a negotiation and skills education program; and requires a GAO study on the causes and effects of pay disparities between men and women.
Torres (NY) Amendment
Requires the Secretary to conduct a literature review and commission a study on the gender wage gap among teenage workers.
Williams (GA) Amendment
Codifies the National Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force, a federal interagency task force established during the Obama Administration that is focused on improving compliance, public education, and enforcement of equal pay laws.
Postponed Suspensions (11 votes)
1. H.R. 941 – TRANSPLANT Act of 2021 (Rep. Matsui – Energy and Commerce)
This bill reauthorizes the C.W. Bill Young Transplantation Program (the Program) at $31 million each year from fiscal year (FY) 2022 through FY 2026. The bill also requires Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Advisory Council on Blood Stem Cell Transplantation to meet at least twice a year and requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to review the state of the science related to adult stem cells and birthing tissues for the purpose of potentially including these innovative therapies in the Program. In addition, the bill would reauthorize the cord blood inventory program under the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005 at level funding of $23 million for each year from FY 2022 through FY 2026.
2. H.R. 1215 – Fraud and Scam Reduction Act, as amended (Rep. Blunt Rochester – Energy and Commerce)
This bill establishes a senior scams prevention advisory group at the FTC to improve educational materials on senior scams. This bill also establishes an advisory office for senior scams at the FTC.
3. H.R. 1460 – Nicholas and Zachary Burt Memorial Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2021 (Rep. Kuster – Energy and Commerce)
H.R. 1460 directs the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to establish a grant program for states to purchase and install carbon monoxide detectors in dwelling units of low-income families or the elderly; facilities that commonly serve children or the elderly, including childcare facilities, public schools, and senior centers; or student dorms owned by public universities, and to assist in enforcement and education efforts related to carbon monoxide detectors.
4. H.R. 446 – Protecting Seniors from Emergency Scams (Rep. Kelly (IL) – Energy and Commerce)
This bill requires an FTC report on seniors scams.
5. H.R. 1762 – Protecting Indian Tribes from Scams Act (Rep. Mullin – Energy and Commerce)
This bill requires an FTC report on scams targeted at Indian Tribes and members of Indian Tribes.
6. H.R. 1002 – DEBAR Act of 2021, as amended (Rep. Latta – Energy and Commerce)
This bill would amend the Controlled Substances Act to allow the Attorney General to prohibit any registrant from manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing a controlled substance or a list I chemical if that registrant meets or has met any of the conditions for suspension or revocation of registration under subsection (a) of the Act, or has a history of prior suspension or revocations.
7. H.R. 1899 – Ensuring Compliance Against Drug Diversion Act of 2021 (Rep. Griffith – Energy and Commerce)
This bill terminates the controlled substance registration of any registrant if the registrant dies, ceases legal existence, discontinues business or professional practice, or surrenders registration. A registrant who ceases legal existence or discontinues business is required to notify Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Registrants must receive written consent from DEA in order to assign or transfer a registration. Registrants are also required to return certain documentation if a registrant’s work is discontinued.
8. H.R. 1502 – Microloan Improvement Act of 2021 (Rep. Kim (NJ) – Small Business)
This bill amends the Small Business Act to modernize the SBA’s microloan program to provide greater technical and financial assistance to small businesses.
9. H.R. 1487 – Microloan Transparency and Accountability Act of 2021 (Rep. Burchett – Small Business)
This bill amends the Small Business Act to modify provisions related to the disbursement of funds through the microloan program and strengthens the program for rural small businesses.
10. H.R. 1490 – 504 Modernization and Small Manufacturer Enhancement Act of 2021 (Rep. Craig – Small Business)
This bill amends the Small Business Investment Act to increase the maximum loan amount for manufacturing loans from $5.5 million to $6.5 million, increases SBA outreach to small manufacturers, and streamlines the administrative closing process for 504 loans.
11. H.R. 1482 – 504 Credit Risk Management Improvement Act of 2021 (Rep. Bishop (NC) – Small Business)
This bill amends the Small Business Investment Act to shift loan closing file review responsibilities to the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Credit Risk Management (OCRM).
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