March 19, 2021
House Democrats unveiled a mass infrastructure package that includes several provisions impacting labor and employment policy, including a requirement that companies receiving contracts remain neutral during union organizing efforts.
The Leading Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s America Act (LIFT Act) (H.R. 2741) was introduced last week by Democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The bill aims to “modernize the nation’s infrastructure, rebuild the economy, combat climate change, and protect public health and the environment” at a cost of trillions of dollars. Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) said, “As our nation combats COVID-19 and a severe economic downturn, the LIFT America Act fulfills President Biden’s promise to Build Back Better.”
Tucked within billion-dollar investments in clean energy, broadband, and health infrastructure, however, are several labor and employment policy provisions that could have significant implications for employers receiving federal contracts or funding through the bill’s various programs:
Outlook: Some of the above provisions are also included in the PRO Act, a major labor policy rewrite that is another priority of the Biden administration, and which passed the House earlier this month. Similar provisions could also be imposed on all federal contractors through executive order. HR Policy will be publishing a more comprehensive and detailed look at the LIFT Act and what it means for employers next week.