Trump’s Potential Labor and Employment Changes

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A new presidential administration inevitably enacts different policies causing effects on almost every issue across the spectrum of public policy. The President-elect Trump’s transition team has been echoing his remarks that job creation and economic growth are top priorities for his administration that will take office on January 20th.

With voters across demographic lines stating in a recent Gallup Poll that jobs and the economy are top priorities for them, it appears that all eyes will be on the new Trump administration’s labor changes and employment policies.

President-elect Trump has pledged to create 25 million jobs over the next ten years and has repeatedly stated that America should be “the best place in the world to get a job.” Journalists, politicians, and voters from both sides of the aisle have speculated as to how this would happen and the changes that may be imminent.

  • According to Donald Trump, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan will be “scrapped” and coal mines and steel mills will remain open.
  • The NY Times reported a general consensus of those in D.C. and on Wall Street that America is likely to see deep cuts in energy, health care, and banking regulations. Trump believes that deregulation will lead to a rise in the ease of doing business. With that, the Trump team believes, will come higher profits, growth of businesses, and more jobs.
  • A Trump immigration policy may include a way in which American employers are mandated or at the least economically encouraged to hire American employees over undocumented foreign workers.
  • While Trump has called for a higher minimum wage (from $7.25 to $10 per hour), the National Law Review has doubted that the president-elect will support federal labor changes and employment agency activism in regard to the mandating of higher wages for hourly workers.
  • The Trump website states a support for paid maternity leave of six weeks before a new mother must return to work to be compensated.

A new administration is often a wildcard. Major policies emerge that were not a part of the campaign, promises from the campaign trail are forgotten, and crises call for immediate actions that can sometimes curtail long-term plans. We do know that President-elect Trump is opposed to restrictive regulation and supports growth. How that will manifest itself can be predicted with some assuredness, and the realities are soon to come.

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