By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
WASHINGTON—Friday, January 18, 2017, US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL1) has been named chairman of the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.
“We have assembled a strong team to advance the commonsense solutions our nation’s workers, students, families, and small businesses urgently need,” said Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina), who serves as chair of the US House Committee on Education and the Workforce. “This committee will play a central role in Congress’s broader efforts to grow the economy, advance patient-centered health care, and promote greater prosperity for all Americans. Working closely with our members, subcommittee leaders, and all our colleagues, the committee will do its part to move the country in a better direction.”
The Subcommittee on Workforce Protections has jurisdiction over wages and hours, workers’ compensation, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act of 1988, trade and immigration issues as they impact employers and workers, workers’ safety and health, and all matters related to equal employment opportunity and civil rights in employment.
Congressman Byrne said in a statement, “Over the last eight years, there has been an effort to fundamentally change the way we deal with labor and employment issues. These changes have largely reduced opportunities for advancement and weakened the standing of American workers. My goal will be to right the ship in favor of policies that benefit workers across our country and empower them to succeed.”