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1. The first bill signed by President Obama was one that:

    a. Makes it easier and more lucrative for employees to sue for pay discrimination
    b. Makes it easier for unions to organize
    c. Raises the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors

2. A new Supreme Court ruling says employees who cooperate with in-house discrimination investigations:

    a. Are legally protected for retaliation from their bosses
    b. Are not legally protected from retaliation by their bosses
    c. Must be paid for the time spent in investigation meetings

3. The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) would require binding contract arbitration within how many days after
a union is certified through a signed card-collection process:

    a. 60 days
    b. 120 days
    c. 180 days

4. The federal minimum wage (currently $6.55 per hour) is scheduled to increase again on July 24 to:

    a. $7.25    b. $7.55    c. $7.85

5. Percentage of HR professionals who say President Obama’s employment-law policies will make their jobs more difficult:

    a. 29%    b. 49%     c. 69%

6. According to the new FMLA rules, employees who take FMLA leave:

    a. Must still be eligible for perfect- attendance awards (you can’t take FMLA absences into account)
    b. Can be denied perfect-attendance awards, as long as you treat employees taking non-FMLA leave the same way
    c. Must pay back the company 0.5% of salary for an “FMLA administration fee”

Sources: 1. White House; 2. Crawford v. Metropolitan Govt. of Nashville; 3. SHRM; 4. DOL; 5. PBP Media survey of 1,200 HR managers; 6. DOL

Answers: 1. A   2. A   3. B   4. A   5. C   6. B

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