Rebecca Rainey, Bloomberg Law

Rebecca Rainey

Bloomberg Law

Washington, DC, United States

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Past articles by Rebecca:

Punching In: First Congress Union Deal Opens Door for Staffers

US House staffers have successfully negotiated pay raises in their first tentative agreement, and observers say that win could spell success for other offices, both who have elected to unionize and who have not. Meanwhile, courts and local jurisdictions are taking up the issue of tipped wages. → Read More

Watchdog Slams DOL Training Office for Poor Jobless Data Access

The US Department of Labor’s independent watchdog said the agency isn’t doing enough to help combat fraud in the unemployment insurance system and is violating federal laws by failing to provide the Inspector General with needed access to state claimant information. → Read More

Major League Baseball Players Union to Join AFL-CIO Ranks (1)

The Major League Baseball Players Association has joined the AFL-CIO, the nation’s largest federation of unions. → Read More

Punching In: White House Redoubles Efforts for Apprenticeships

The White House wants to create 460 new registered apprenticeship programs, and get more than 10,000 of those trained workers hired over the next year, as part of its latest effort to expand the DOL’s job training model. Also, a recent surge in state anti-ESG policies is pressuring public pension plans and their managers to abandon popular and widely accepted Wall Street investment strategies. → Read More

Employers Face CFPB Scrutiny Over Job Training Repayment Demands

The Biden administration plans to crack down on employer-mandated training repayment agreements that can saddle workers with thousands of dollars in debt when they leave jobs. → Read More

Biden’s H-1B Conundrum

The administration’s efforts to reform the visa program could put him at loggerheads with key factions of his own party. → Read More

Biden and businesses agree on one thing: U.S. needs immigrant workers

Foreign nationals already in the U.S. have been waiting for months — and in some cases, for over a year — to have their employment authorization approved or extended. → Read More

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka dead at 72, sources say

Trumka had served as president of the federation for more than a decade and has been a close ally of the Biden White House. → Read More

Biden administration says long Covid can be considered a disability under law

The White House released new guidance on the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. → Read More

Labor shortage spurs a rush to get Americans back to work

At least a dozen states are cutting off jobless benefits and some companies are raising wages in an attempt to boost hiring. → Read More

Biden finds reasons for optimism in disappointing jobs report

“Today there is more evidence our economy is moving in the right direction, but it is clear we have a long way to go,” the president said. → Read More

Jobs surprise triggers battle over federal aid

For conservatives, the report suggested that generous pandemic-era benefits are discouraging workers from taking jobs, while progressives argue corporate America has to offer higher wages. → Read More

California workplace safety chief tapped to lead OSHA

Safety experts lauded Doug Parker's nomination, pointing to his track record policing workplace Covid-19 risks at the state level. → Read More

Biden's union allies wonder where they fit in with green energy future

Labor groups are cautioning that the president's plan to hitch the jobs recovery to massive green energy investment could backfire. → Read More

AFL-CIO expected to denounce filibuster

"I don't want to hear, 'Oh my, we don't have 60 votes, woe is we,'” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told POLITICO last week. “Figure out a way to do it. Let's figure out a way to do it." → Read More

'Union guy' Joe Biden keeps his distance from Amazon union fight

The White House urged “employers” not to run anti-union campaigns. But that was about as far as they’d push the e-commerce giant. → Read More

Minimum wage increase could work under Biden’s stimulus, CBO report suggests

Sen. Bernie Sanders is fighting to include the minimum wage increase in the package Democrats are crafting to enact President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan. → Read More

Romney proposes child care benefit for families, fueling Democrats' push

The proposal is likely to get bipartisan backing. → Read More

Biden toughens workplace safety guidelines but lets stand DPA meat production order

Several meat companies have cited the executive order in court to challenge lawsuits over Covid-19-related worker illnesses and deaths. → Read More

Biden charts his course with a Democratic Congress

CRA back in play — Chicago school-reopening fight could lead to strike → Read More