President Joe Biden plans to sign an executive order that would reduce employers’ ability to block workers from moving to rival firms and remove some of the state’s business licensing requirements that make it difficult to find jobs.
By Josh Bock Associated Press
July 7, 2021, 1:42 pm
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President Joe Biden There are plans to sign an executive order that would reduce the ability of employers to prevent workers from moving to rival firms and remove some state business licensing requirements that make it difficult to find jobs.
The order is designed to improve workers’ leverage in the economy, increase their employment prospects and create more competition among US employers, a person familiar with the order said Wednesday, asking anonymity ahead of its release. Insisted. This will be an important test whether empowering workers will lead to wage increases and ease the way to the parts of the country where their skills are in highest demand. It also enables Biden to show up in 2022 Congress ElectionHow Democratic policies are focused on workers is an important argument as Republicans try to build their party as a support for the working class.
The upcoming order will direct the Federal Trade Commission to prohibit and potentially restrict so-called non-compete agreements, which have increasingly barred workers in industries. food And preventing Big Tech from turning to other employers for higher pay. A 2019 analysis by the Liberal Economic Policy Institute estimated that between 36 million and 60 million workers could be subject to no-nonsense agreements.
The order also seeks to ban “unnecessary” business licensing that could harm the earning power of military spouses, skilled immigrants and former prisoners. Requirements can limit teachers or hairstylists’ ability to transfer across state lines, while some can also cost money. To confirm the skills they already have in for-profit schools. According to a 2018 FTC report, about 30% of US jobs require a license.
The effort builds on work the Obama administration began in 2015 to ease the burden on states from their licensing requirements.
The order would also toughen guidance for the FTC and the Justice Department to prevent employers from sharing wage and benefits data with each other to suppress workers’ incomes. The New York Times first reported all worker-focused elements of the order on Wednesday.