Should Congress regulate staffing agencies and businesses to protect temporary workers?
• “Over the last decade, Corporate America has become increasingly aware that they can exploit their workforces for higher profits by taking advantage of temporary workers and labor loopholes. Every worker in America deserves equal pay for equal work, and the federal government cannot allow temp workers to be an exception. The time has come for a temp workers Bill of Rights, and I’m proud to introduce this legislation with Rep. Kennedy, which would boost wages and benefits, increase protections, and help restore the power balance between working-class Americans and corporate executives.” Source: Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (Democrat, Missouri, District 5)
The Restoring Worker Power Act of 2020 establishes economic and safety-based protections for temporary workers. This act requires businesses to grant the same wage to temporary workers as their permanent counterparts and requires temp staffing agencies to register with the Secretary of Labor, among other regulations. Sponsor: Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III (Democrat, Massachusetts, District 4)
- Kennedy, Cleaver Introduce Restoring Worker Power Act (Press Release)
- Federal Legislation Would Ensure Equal Pay for Temp Workers and Curb Industry Abuses (National Employment Law Project)
- New House Bill Seeks Equal Pay, Protections for Growing Legions of Temporary Workers (Washington Post)
- Cleaver and Kennedy Introduce Restoring Worker Power Act to Protect Temp Workers (Jungle Primary)