In his first three days in office, President Biden moved quickly to issue a number of executive orders (EO) impacting labor and employment policies. Read the full GT Alert President Biden Issues Executive Orders Impacting Labor & Employment Policies to learn more on some of the key takeaways for employers and government contractors, pertaining to the issues below:
- Requiring Mask-Wearing for Federal Workforce
- Prohibition of Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation
- Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities
- Collective Bargaining Power and Worker Protections
- Goal of Increasing the Minimum Wage to $15 for Federal Employees
While the Biden administration has stressed that the EOs are not meant to replace legislative enactments promulgating its policy agenda, it is moving forward in making changes that will affect labor and employment policy. Employers and government contractors will have to wait and see if Congress will move on several pieces of legislation governing these and other employment policies that have been pending for several years.