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Employment Law Trends for 2017

An Improved Economy will help Employees in the United States.  Employers are positioned for growth in 2017, as hiring expands and new infrastructure deals create construction jobs.  Employment services like payroll, accounting, human resources and legal will be in great need in 2017 for employers.  Regulators and compliance professionals will have a busy year in 2017 with changing law and regulations.

Employees are in a good position for job growth in expanding sectors and wage growth steady with the increase in inflation as the economy grows. As automation and technology increase efficiency employees see challenges in ever evolving industries.

President Trump’s new labor secretary pick fast –food CEO Andrew Puzder,  is the chief executive of the company with thousands of employees and may implement new strategies in office.  The new U.S. Labor Secretary is a critic of increase in the minimum wage for fastfood workers and the fight for $15.00/hour minimum wage.

According recent interviews Puzder said that increased automation could be a welcome development because machines were “always polite, they always upsell, they never take a vacation, they never show up late, there’s never a slip-and-fall or an age, sex or race discrimination case.” (N.Y. Times).

New Laws for 2017’s  Law Blog takes a look  at trends  for 2017: Employees and Employers may have questions in 2017.

Federal regulators in may relax regulations to allow for rapid job growth and business expansion.  Opponents the new President’s plans fear that a change in the law will disproportionately affect low wage employees are at the highest risk.


President Trump May Cancel Obama’s Executive Labor Orders

Labor Protections imposed by Obama on Federal Contractors for Thousands of U.S. Employees May Be at Risk

  • Employers doing business with the federal government must comply with Obama’s standing executive orders.  President Trump may overturn labor policies by executive order.
  • Among the thousands of new regulations since 2008 – Obama’s expansive labor executive orders may be over for thousands of workers.
  • President Trump may strike Obama’s orders on federal contractors and other area like employers doing business with the federal government.

President Trump may Cancel Former President Obama’s Executive Orders on Labor and Employment.


A list below of Obama’s executive orders that may be cancelled:

  • Executive Order 13672, July 21, 2014, “prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity”
  • Executive Order 13693, March 19, 2015, “to maintain Federal leadership in sustainability and greenhouse gas emission reductions”
  • Executive Order 13706, Sept. 7, 2015, “establishing paid sick leave for federal contractors.”
  • Executive Order 13627, Sept. 25, 2012, “strengthening protections against trafficking in persons in federal contracts”
  • Executive Order 13658, Feb. 12, 2014, establishing a $10.10 hourly minimum wage for contractors and allowing for annual increases.
  • Executive Order 13494 Jan. 30, 2009, disallowing “certain costs that are not directly related to the contractors’ provision of goods and services”
  • Executive Order 13495, Jan. 30, 2009, protecting the employment of contract employees when a “follow-on contract” succeeds one that expired
  • Executive Order 13502, Feb. 6, 2009, encouraging executive agencies to consider “project labor agreements in connection with large-scale construction projects in order to promote economy and efficiency in Federal procurement.”
  • Executive Order 13665, April 8, 2014, prohibiting retaliation against any contract employee or applicant who “has inquired about, discussed, or disclosed the compensation of the employee or applicant or another employee or applicant.”
  • Executive Order 13673, July 31, 2014, the Fair Pay and Safe Workplace directive “to require prospective federal contractors to disclose labor law violations and give agencies guidance on how to consider labor violations when awarding federal contracts”


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Pay Day for US Auto Workers Sharing Profits

Employees at Ford, Fiat Chrysler and GM over 96,000 union members stand to earn thousands next month in profit share bonuses.

Employees Profit Share at Top U.S. Auto Makers. As North American Auto Sales Increase – Employees See Benefit.

Profit sharing is a creative way to increase employee productivity and pay employees based upon their hard work and performance of the company. 

Employees at the top United States Auto Manufactures like Ford and General Motors seek to reap the benefits of profit sharing in 2017.  Under some CBA contracts (UAW)  –  union employees stand to make $9,000.00 or more in profit shares.  This indicates growth of U.S. auto makers and compensation plans that provide employees with incentive to perform well because they too reap[t the benefits of the company’s profits

Employees in 40 States and Cities and Towns Across USA Get Higher Minimum Wage in 2017

In 2017 Employers are left with no other option but to pay workers more.

A total of  (40) forty (19 states and 21 local jurisdictions) raised their minimum wages at the start of 2017, according to the National Employment Law Project, a workers’ rights advocacy group based in New York City.

Employees may earn more because of the law .  The new law and regulations may help workers negotiate for more money. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported Jan. 6 that the average hourly wage rose by 10 cents in December 2016 from the previous month to $26.00 and rose by 2.9 percent over the year, representing the largest annual increase since 2009.

Experts agreed that minimum-wage increases around the country have helped at the bottom end of wage distribution but that the impact on the average wage growth has been minimal.

Strong Growth Predicted

Economists predict that average wages will increase in 2017 at a faster rate.

Employers will continue to hire and raise wages for the in fields that are in the highest demand—engineering, high tech, nursing— Workers in these sectors will get a raise in 2017.