What a Biden Presidency Will Mean for Your Workplace

It’s time to start planning for how a Biden presidency will affect your business. Some things may matter to you, and some may not, but there will be change. Here’s what is likely to happen that may influence how you run your workplace.  

Critical Race Theory Back In

While Trump never mentioned the term “critical race theory” in his recent executive order regarding diversity training for federal employees and contractors, it was a clear removal of this controversial method of talking about diversity, in which all institutions are racist and white people maintain power at the expense of people of color. This will probably be one of the first things undone by Biden when he takes office in January. But, expect to see lawsuits as many people, including U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow, say that critical race theory training violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Code.

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9 thoughts on “What a Biden Presidency Will Mean for Your Workplace

    1. I definitely won’t.

      I’m white, and TBH I’m shocked at all the pushback against this. 30 years ago this was called systemic racism and no one lost their shorts about it.

      I’m also looking forward to a more employee friendly NLRB. America is extremely pro business to the documented detriment of it’s citizens. Many countries have managed to hold business more accountable to employee rights without struggling to maintain GDP. In fact our staunch marriage to the proven false Reaganomics is a major reason our Economy is in shambles. When people barely make enough to live, don’t have time off, and are simply a car accident away from financial ruin they don’t spend money which hurts the economy.

  1. Obviously the Millennial Perspective commenter doesn’t fully understand what EvilHRlady is saying. There’s some good and bad upcoming. Let’s start with the $15/ hour federal mandate across the nation–The philosophy is good everyone gets a living hourly wage considering the fact the the federal minimum wage hasn’t changed since 2009, we were more than due to increase the federal minimum wage. But what is not considered is that people will not continue to get the same amount of paid time at work because employers will have to make adjustments to afford the wage increase, especially the smaller businesses. It is already known that the bigger corporations do cut staffing based on labor dollars. For example if you had 10 employees making $10/hour and have a $100/hour labor dollar limit then when their hourly wage is raised to $15/hour the business can only afford to have 5 employees on per hour based on their labor dollar limit. Basically what I am saying is that businesses will not afford to keep as many employees on staff. Employees will get a high minimum wage but less hours. Also production cost will go up which create higher costs and consumer prices will go up. An endless circle which employees will lose despite having higher wages.
    What the commenter missed in their pre-celebration speech is that for a higher wage to effectively raise people out of poverty is to stop rising costs which comes along with a raise in the minimum wage. A loaf of bread went up in cost only the same lines as the increase in the minimum wage. In 1980 bread cost $.50,minimum wage was $3.10, in 1990 bread was $.75, minimum wage was $3.80, in 2000 bread was $1.99, minimum wage was $5.15, in 2010 bread was $2.99, minimum wage was $7.25.
    Nothing has changed, a $15.hour minimum wage raises all cost across the board. Employees will lose.

    1. In places where the minimum wage has risen, it has not ended up costing jobs. The resulting boost in the overall economy ends up benefitting both the employer and the employee.

      1. Yep.

        Obviously MariaRose thinks she understands business better then me. After all she is touting fear mongering that’s been proven false in Missouri, Maine, California, NY, Oregon, Washington – and probably more.

        Just like all those states that legalized the “gateway drug” are suddenly inundated with addicts and the staunchly no legalization states certainly aren’t the worst hit by meth and opiods by any means…

        Or like how we now have legal beastiality and pedophilia since gay marriage was legalized.

    2. I work in higher education in a position that requires a college degree and relevant professional experience and don’t make that much more than $15 an hour. Campus is raising the campus minimum wage for non student workers to $15 an hour beginning of 2021, while also starting a second round of furloughs.

      It’s a nice idea, but with furloughs and cutbacks in services provided, it’s not realistic. Campus shut down in March and only slowly began reopening in August. Since the soft reopen, I have been in 2 days a week, and on one of those days, there’s supposed to be someone from the campus custodial staff coming in doing a deep clean of my workplace, including vacuuming and wiping down all of our surfaces. That’s in addition to what my colleagues and I are already doing. We have taken over doing trash removal, and most of the cleaning. We are doing it because it needs to be done and the people who are supposed to be doing it are not showing up. In the two and a half months, someone has been in twice. That person is set to be getting $15 an hour starting January 1, for a job that only requires a high school degree and has very loose supervision. Even when we provided feedback about their indifferent attention to their main duties before March, it was ignored. The main cleaning person would spent most of his time on the computers rather than do the cleaning.

      My feeling is that if they raise it to $15, then they need to raise the hourly wages for staff making above $15 already. Most working on site are doing more that what is in their job description, because we know that if we don’t it won’t get done. We know that we are also the ones following our own protocols and guidelines for public health and sanitation procedures better than the cleaning people.

  2. The Presidential Executive Order (EO) supposedly banning Critical Race Theory never really went into effect. All that actually happened was that diversity training for Feds and Federal contractors totally stopped, so that the required review by the Office of Personnel Management could occur. When it appeared that it was impeding Federal contracting, that part of it was promptly suspended. I’m a long-tenured Government employee, in HR and EEO. Frankly, I’ve never seen the type of training targeted by the EO at issue, and I have communicated with a lot of Feds in other agencies, and have yet to find anyone who has. In fact, one of the proponents of that EO was expressly asked to provide specific examples of the offensive training having been provided at any Government agency and was unable to do so. I suspect that this EO was more a symbolic, political, gesture — a so-called “solution in search of a problem” — than anything addressing a real need out there.

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