Feb. 12, 2018
MEDIA INVITATION: Public Citizen’s Regulation Expert to Testify at Forum on Trump DOL’s Tip Theft Proposal
Note: The start time for this forum has been rescheduled from 2 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
WHAT: On Thursday, leading members of Congress and public policy advocates – including Public Citizen’s Amit Narang – will speak at a forum on the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposal to allow employers to pocket their employees’ tips. When the Labor Department initially proposed the rule, it stated it had not conducted any quantitative analysis. However, four days before comments for the rule were due, Bloomberg reported that senior political officials allegedly withheld economic analyses indicating that workers would lose billions under the rule.
Narang will testify that the Department of Labor’s deliberate withholding of economic data fundamentally undermines the integrity of the rulemaking process and the legal basis for the new rule. In fact, by suppressing the data, the department has unwittingly reinforced the justification for keeping the rule that allows workers to keep tips. Narang will call on the department to withdraw its rollback of the tip rule and release the economic data to the public.
WHO: U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.)
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)
U.S. Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.)
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.)
Amit Narang, regulatory policy advocate, Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division
Heidi Shierholz, senior economist and director of policy, Economic Policy Institute
Judy Conti, government affairs director, National Employment Law Project
Thea Bryan, restaurant worker, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
WHEN: 1:30 p.m. EST, Thursday, Feb. 15
WHERE: 2247 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
RSVP: Stephanie Lalle at EdLaborPress@mail.house.gov