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Red Light, Green Light: How HR Must Prepare for Political Change

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Politics is a spectator sport for most Americans. But Nov. 4 could bring enormous real-world changes to the American workplace, especially in the world of labor and employment law.

“If you’ve not dealt with unions before, I cannot overemphasize how quickly the world could change this fall,” said Mike Fox, a Texas-based attorney with Ogletree Deakins and the editor of Texas Employment Law “This would be the first time in my life we’d really have a president aligned with organized labor.”

In speaking at last week's Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) conference, Fox laid out three different Election Day scenarios and the potential impact on HR:

RED LIGHT. McCain wins the presidency, and Democrats win fewer than 60 seats in the Senate (so they won't have a "supermajority" that can overcome filibuster threats). Impact: Little change in legislative/regulator climate for HR.

YELLOW LIGHT. Obama wins the pre...(register to read more)

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