Change. America voted for it, and the HR world will certainly receive its fair share next year.
The arrival in Washington of President-elect Obama and a firmly Democratic-controlled Congress will spark an array of legislative and regulatory proposals that could rewrite the employment law rule book.
“The next four years will be one of the most interesting and challenging times any of us have ever faced,” says Michael Fox, an employment law attorney in the Austin, Texas, office of Ogletree Deakins. “It’s critical for HR people to be aware of what’s coming down the pike.”
Among the key employment law issues on Obama’s agenda:
- Enact a series of pro-union initiatives, led by the Employee Free Choice Act, which would make it easier for employees to form unions in their workplaces
- Expand employees’ and mandate that employers offer paid sick leave to their workers
- Create a new federally prote...(register to read more)
- Review wording of job ads for traces of bias
- Don't punish staff for off-site political comments, but at work, it's your call
- Following up: The most important, yet most overlooked, part of HR investigations
- Consider settling if others can bolster individual's sex discrimination claims
- Set reasonable limits on noncompete agreements