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  • Republican Committee Leaders Investigate Davis-Bacon Expansion
    Posted in Press Releases on July 11, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Workplace Issues

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections Chairman Tim Walberg (R-MI) today sent a letter to the Department of Labor requesting documents and communications concerning its recent decision to overturn decades of policy and apply Davis-Bacon wage requirements to survey technicians. “Compliance with federal mandates have a disproportionately great... Read more

  • Committee Examines Obama Administration’s Record on Regulatory Costs
    Posted in Press Releases on May 8, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Workplace Issues, Oversight

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today examined the Obama administration’s record of increasing the regulatory cost burden on small businesses, despite its directive to reduce it. On January 18, 2011, in an executive order, President Obama directed agencies to look again at the regulations in place and find ways to reduce the burden on small businesses. In today’s hearing, the Committee questioned whether agencies’ efforts to engage in a r... Read more

  • Hanna Subcommittee Identifies Small Business STEM Workforce Needs and Possible Immigration Solutions
    Posted in Press Releases on April 25, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Workplace Issues

    House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce Chairman Richard Hanna (R-NY) today led a hearing on the small business Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) workforce shortage and how immigration reform could help address the problem. Many small businesses report a shortage of workers with post-secondary and advanced degrees in STEM disciplines. According to the NFIB, more than one out of three small business owners who hired or tried to hire in the last three months ... Read more

  • Hearing Highlights Small Business Challenges in Complying with the Health Care Law
    Posted in Press Releases on April 17, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health, Workplace Issues

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Small Business Committee, led by Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO), today held a hearing on the strain that complying with the complicated health care law places on small business. In the hearing, titled The Health Care Law: Implementation and Small Businesses, Committee Members took a closer look at the effects of the law on the businesses that have the fewest resources to handle the compliance burden. The committee heard testimony on the costs and paperwork requirements of th... Read more

  • Graves Applauds Passage of the SKILLS Act
    Posted in Press Releases on March 15, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Workplace Issues

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) made the following statement on House passage of the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act: “Advances in technology have increased the need for workers with specialized skill sets and this evolution must be reflected in new innovative training programs. Last Congress, I held a hearing on small businesses’ growing need for highly skilled workers and how private, industry-led skills certification programs are he... Read more

  • Graves and Tipton Applaud the Reversal on DOL Youth Labor Rule
    Posted in Press Releases on April 27, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Rural America, Workplace Issues, Oversight

    Graves and Tipton Applaud the Reversal on DOL Youth Labor Rule WASHINGTON, DC—House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) today issued the following statement in response to the Department of Labor’s reversal of its harmfully intrusive rule on youth labor on family farms: “This Committee has worked hard to highlight the negative consequences of nonsensical rules including those proposed by the Department of Labor to restrict our youth’s ability to work on family farms. It appears o... Read more

  • Chairman Graves in the Kansas City Star: Micro-Unions and Ambush Elections: Two Very Bad Ideas from Labor Regulators
    Posted in Op-Eds on March 31, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Regulatory Reform / Regulations, Workplace Issues

    Micro-Unions and Ambush Elections: Two Very Bad Ideas from Labor Regulators By Chairman Sam Graves The rules to kickball are fairly simple. You kick the ball and then run to the base. If the ball beats you to the bag, or you get tagged, then you are out. It’s a lot like baseball. But what if the umpire changed those rules in the middle of the game? What if the umpire made more rules that cost your team time and money to comply with? What if the rules seemed to be structured to help the other te... Read more

  • AgriPulse: Proposed DOL Child Labor Regs Draw Fire From All Sides
    Posted in Articles on February 1, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Rural America, Workplace Issues

    Proposed DOL Child Labor Regs Draw Fire From All Sides Agripulse The Department of Labor is likely to be in the hot seat Thursday when a House subcommittee reviews proposed regulations that could restrict how children work on U.S. farms and ranches. The plan, which has generated more than 10,000 public comments, is drawing fire from both Republicans and Democrats. Children working on farms owned by their parents would be exempt, but critics say the proposals still go too far. For example, the p... Read more

  • Graves Names Rep. Mick Mulvaney Chair of Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce
    Posted in Press Releases on February 1, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Contracting, Workplace Issues

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) announced today that Representative Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) will chair the Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce. “Mick Mulvaney’s experience as owner and operator of several small businesses has given him a deep understanding of the challenges entrepreneurs face in the 21st century,” said Chairman Graves. “I am pleased that he will lead this important Subcommittee as we work to improve federal contracting programs and review government ... Read more

  • Wall Street Journal: Labor Department Withdraws Recordkeeping Proposal
    Posted in Articles on January 25, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Workplace Issues

    By Melanie Trottman; Wall Street Journal The Labor Department Tuesday withdrew a proposal that would require companies to more carefully log workplace muscle sprains and strains, the latest result of the Obama administration's effort to respond to business concerns about federal regulation. Employer groups had widely opposed the proposed recordkeeping change, saying it would put their members in the awkward position of defining musculoskeletal disorders they simply are not equipped to identify. ... Read more