by Amy G. McAndrew, Esq., Pepper Hamilton LLP, Berwyn
With President Obama taking the oath of office this month, employers are wondering what his second term will mean for them. Here is a sampling of the issues.
Obama’s first term began with the signing of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. Many expected this to be the first of many employment-related laws to pass under Obama. That threat never emerged.
The administration backed employee-friendly bills such as the Paycheck Fairness Act (addressing gender-based income disparities) and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (which would have made sexual orientation a protected category under Title VII), but both stalled in Congress. With Republicans retaining control of the House of Representatives, and Democrats lacking a 60-seat, filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, the status of those controversial bills is not likely to change.
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