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Business and Labor Committee

Welcome
January 4th, 2017

The Business and Labor Committee is responsible for processing legislation involving the following subject areas:

  • workers’ compensation; Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court
  • unemployment compensation
  • labor and employment relations; Commission of Industrial Relations; fair employment practices
  • health and safety regulations; labor conditions
  • claims against the State
  • plant closings; job training; boiler inspection
  • Nebraska Wage Payment and Collection Act; Wage and Hour Act
  • Conveyance Safety Act

During session, the Business and Labor Committee meets on Mondays in Room 1524 on the 1st Floor of the Capitol.

Last Thursday, June 11th, the Business and Labor Committee conducted a briefing focusing on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected employment in Nebraska. Testifiers representing the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Heartland Workers Center, and the OpenSky Policy Institute were invited to update committee members on employment issues.

This briefing was the first by the Business and Labor Committee to be conducted online, in an effort to accommodate social distancing needs. Due to technological considerations a livestream was not available during the briefing, but the briefing was recorded to be made available for the media and public. A link to the recording is being provided below.

Senator Hansen would like to thank everyone involved; staff, committee members, presenters, and others for their work on this project, and for their accommodation as the Business and Labor Committee tried to pilot a new virtual method of continuing our oversight role during this time of social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.=

Link to recording:

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1iKd0NX2NwqweD6XRhnNcJFUbyD6MQdaq/view?usp=sharing

 

The Business and Labor Committee will conduct a briefing on how COVID-19 has affected employment in Nebraska and how businesses and workers have been affected by, and are adjusting to, the pandemic.

The briefing is intended to help the committee understand the employment situation and impacts on the unemployment insurance system caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The briefing will be held on Thursday, June 11th at 1:30 p.m, and conducted online. In order to balance the social distancing needs along with the need for transparency and oversight during this unprecedented time, this briefing will include invited testimony only, but will be recorded and posted online on the Legislature’s YouTube channel.

Business and Labor Committee Policy on Hearing Schedules

The committee hearing schedule will be posted outside of the Room 1524 and Chairman Senator Matt Hansen’s office prior to the commencement of the hearing. The schedule for committee hearings will proceed as listed on the legislative website, assuming there are no unforeseen circumstances that require a change.

Business & Labor Committee Policy on Submission of Letters

If you are not testifying in person on a bill and would like to submit a written position letter to be included in the official hearing record as an exhibit, the letter must be delivered or emailed to the chair of the committee conducting the hearing on the bill by 5:00 p.m. on the last work day prior to the public hearing.

The letter must include your name and address, state a position of for, against, or neutral on the bill in question, and include a request for the letter to be included as part of the public hearing record.

You may submit your written testimony by email to the Committee Clerk, Keenan Roberson, kroberson@leg.ne.gov, or by mail to:

Senator Matt Hansen

State Capitol

PO Box 94604

Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-4604

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office of Senator Matt Hansen, Committee Chair, at 402-471-2610.

2018 Letters for the Record
January 31st, 2018

Business & Labor Committee Policy on Submission of Letters

If you are not testifying in person on a bill and would like to submit a written position letter to be included in the official hearing record as an exhibit, the letter must be delivered or emailed to the chair of the committee conducting the hearing on the bill by 5:00 p.m. on the last work day prior to the public hearing.

Additionally, the letter must include your name and address, state a position of for, against, or neutral on the bill in question, and include a request for the letter to be included as part of the public hearing record.

You may submit your written testimony by email to the committee clerk, Beverly Neel, at bneel@leg.ne.gov or by mail to:

Senator Joni Albrecht

State Capitol

PO Box 94604

Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-4604

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the office of Senator Joni Albrecht, committee chair, at 402-471-2716.

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