Obama’s Second Term: What Does It Mean for Employers and HR?

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Now that the Obama administration is unshackled from an upcoming election, expect it to push hard for changes in workplace law that it failed to achieve in the first term.

Republicans in the House will use their majority to try to stop legislative advances, but President Obama has proven adept at using executive orders and his agencies—namely the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Department of Labor—to advance a pro-employee workplace agenda.

What does this mean for employment law? Here’s a quick outlook:

No stopping health reform. Even after the U.S. Supreme Court backed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in June, some employers held off on compliance to see the election results. But Obama’s re-election means the ACA will be fully implemented—and employers need to get on board.

Key ACA provisions take effect in 2014, including the “pay or play” employer insurance mandate. Expect agencies to release several regulations cl...(register to read more)

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