July 16, 2021
The House 2022 appropriations bill for the Department of Labor and National Labor Relations Board will increase agency enforcement budgets by up to 33%.
Inter-agency enforcement collaboration: The House report identifies a need for more inter-agency collaboration between the Department (including WHD and OSHA), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the National Labor Relations Board to enforce labor and civil rights laws fully and effectively.
The House Appropriations Committee passed the measure largely along party lines, setting it up for a full House vote later this month.
These large increases are likely to be enacted according to Mark Wilson, HR Policy Vice President of Health and Employment Policy and former Deputy Assistant Secretary at DOL. “You only see budget increases of this size when Democrats are fully in control of both branches of government and while employers can expect greater enforcement next year, the full impact will be felt in 2023 and beyond after new investigators are hired and trained.”