As one of the last matters of business before adjourning for the rest of 2019, Congress and the Trump Administration reached a deal to fund the federal government through the rest of fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020), which ends on September 30, 2020. The deal closed off the possibility of another imminent government shutdown.

Despite requests by the President in his original budget to reduce the funding of most worksite enforcement agencies, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and Wage and Hour Division (WHD) all received notable funding increases. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was once again flat-funded.

Among other things, the deal also extends for another year the business tax credit for qualifying paid leave programs and puts significant restrictions on the ability of the Labor Department to implement its proposed industry recognized apprenticeship program.

Copies of H.R. 1158 and H.R. 1865, the two bills making up the deal, are available online.

Members of the Center for Workplace Compliance (CWC) can read more here.