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What will Congress do for (or to) your business for the rest of 2004?

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in Compensation and Benefits,FMLA Guidelines,Human Resources

Don't expect much action from Congress on employment-related law as its legislative year comes to a close. With election season heating up, members of Congress will want to press the flesh back home, not write legislation. (Adjournment for the year is tentatively set for Oct. 1.)

Three of the hottest topics on Congress's plate:

1. Minimum wage hike. Democrats want to raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.00 an hour in three steps over two years. Strong support exists in the Senate, but less in the House. Still, election years often spark such populist actions. Stay tuned.

2. FMLA for reservist "issues." A bill that would allow employees to take FMLA leave for issues related to a military reservist call-up (spouse called up, etc.) doesn't likely have the votes to pass this year.

3. Social Security number privacy. This bill would prevent companies from displaying workers' Social Security numbers to the general public (on badges, timecards, etc.). This won't likely become law this year, but your company would be wise to heed its intent now anyway.

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