Houses Passes the Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376)

11/19/2021 11:27 AM | Alex Clark

On Friday, November 19, the House of Representatives voted 220-213 to pass H.R. 5376, the Build Back Better Act. The bill now awaits consideration in the Senate where significant changes are expected. 

The following are provisions that may affect your workplace should the Build Back Better Act become law: 

  • Requires any worker who provides at least 4 hours of caregiving a week be granted paid leave regardless of employer size, length of service, job type or worker classification.
  • Provides the National Labor Relations Board the ability to levy fines and increases the maximum penalties for a range of labor law violations by tenfold.
  • Reduces affordability caps of employer-provided health care premiums from 9.5% to 8.5% and grants the Department of Labor the authority to levy civil monetary penalties for mental health parity violations.
  • Grants work authorization to those who have entered the United States prior to January 1, 2011 and allows for the reissuance of unused visas.
  • Provides approximately $14.4 billion for workforce development, including approximately $13 billion to the Department of Labor and $1.4 billion to the Department of Education.

SHRM's has provided a full summary on the employer provisions included in the House-passed bill: click here.

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