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November 4, 2009

What’s Brewing in Congress?

Filed under: General HR Buzz — Tags: , 2:59 pm

At the moment Congress is pretty occupied with the health care debate, financial regulations, Afghanistan, and economic recovery.  In case you were worried, they’ve still had enough time to introduce bills relating to human resources.

Given all of the distractions, it’s unclear how much will happen immediately with these proposals, but it’s probably a good taste (or bad taste?) of things to come.  The proposed legislation includes:  reviving of the Employee Free Choice Act, which makes it easier for employees to unionize, extension of federal unemployment benefits, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) which prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, expansion of the FMLA (to provide some paid sick leave and domestic violence and “parental involvement” leave,) and immigration reform.

Additionally, health care reform legislation could also potentially impact employers.   Buckle up, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.


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