When Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown 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 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 important employment law initiatives pending in Congress, and what they could mean for your business if they become law. I’ve ranked these proposals in order of the likelihood that they will pass this year—from most likely to least.
1. Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). ENDA would prohibit employers from discriminating or retaliating against actual or perceived gay, bisexual or transgender employees or applicants.
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