The NAM is urging the Federal Trade Commission to extend the comment period on its recently proposed rule to ban noncompete agreements in the workplace, citing the rule’s broad economic impact and significant legal implications.
The background: On Jan. 5, the FTC proposed a rule that would prohibit employers from imposing noncompete agreements on workers, calling such clauses “an unfair method of competition” and saying they prevent the forming of new businesses and result in lower wages for all workers.
What the NAM is doing: The NAM opposes the proposed change, and the association joined a coalition of other business groups this week requesting that the public comment period, which runs through March 20, be extended by 60 days. The reason: the proposal would have far-reaching legal consequences for manufacturers, including risks to intellectual property.
- “A sufficient comment period is needed to ensure the regulated community can fully assess [the rule’s] effects,” the coalition told FTC Secretary April Tabor. “Moreover, there are significant legal questions that must be addressed by commenters.”
- “Among the issues raised by the FTC action is whether the Commission has the legal authority to issue such a rulemaking, the rule’s potential preemption of the numerous state laws and regulations on this issue, and how such preemption will alter the regulated community’s legal obligations.”
Working for manufacturers: The NAM is exploring all possible avenues, including congressional oversight and litigation, to mitigate the impacts of the proposed rule. Litigation is contingent on financial support from NAM members, as all of the NAM’s activities in the courts are funded outside of member dues.
Washington, D.C. – Ahead of the midterm elections, the National Association of Manufacturers released its policy roadmap, “Competing to Win,” a comprehensive blueprint featuring immediate solutions for bolstering manufacturers’ competitiveness. It is also a roadmap for policymakers on the laws and regulations needed to strengthen the manufacturing industry in the months and years ahead.
With the country facing rising prices, snarled supply chains and geopolitical turmoil, manufacturers are outlining an actionable competitiveness agenda that Americans across the political spectrum can support. “Competing to Win” includes the policies manufacturers in America will need in place to continue driving the country forward.
“‘Competing to Win’ offers a path for bringing our country together around policies, shared values and a unified purpose,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “The NAM is putting forward a plan filled with ideas that policymakers could pursue immediately, including solutions to urgent problems, such as energy security, immigration reform, supply chain disruptions, the ongoing workforce shortage and more. Manufacturers have shown incredible resilience through difficult times, employing more workers now than before the pandemic, but continued resilience is not guaranteed without the policies that are critical to the state of manufacturing in America.”
The NAM and its members will leverage “Competing to Win” to shape policy debates ahead of the midterm elections, in the remainder of the 117th Congress and at the start of the 118th Congress—including in direct engagement with lawmakers, for grassroots activity, across traditional and digital media and through events in key states and districts as we did following the initial rollout of the roadmap in 2016.
The document focuses on 12 areas of action, and all policies are rooted in the values that have made America exceptional and keep manufacturing strong: free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity.
Learn more about how manufacturers are leading and about the industry’s competitiveness agenda at nam.org/competing-to-win.
The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12.8 million men and women, contributes $2.77 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and accounts for 58% of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the NAM or to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org