When Republican Scott Brown of Massachusetts won January’s special election to fill the seat long occupied by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, Democrats lost their 60-vote supermajority in the Senate.
That means Senate Democrats will no longer be able to automatically stop the threat of Republican filibusters on controversial legislation—and that means it will be that much more difficult for the Obama administration to make good on many of its pro-employee campaign promises.
That’s not to say those employment law initiatives are dead. This still could be a key year for Democratic plans to revamp our national employment laws.
The following are the key employment law initiatives pending in Congress, and what they could mean for your business if they become law. I’ve ranked these legislative proposals in order of the likelihood that they will pass this year.
1. Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). ENDA would proh...(register to read more)
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