July 2009

A complicated workplace

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Employers need to be prepared for new labor and employment laws

by Jason C. Kim and Gray I. Mateo-Harris
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President Obama organized his campaign around the promise of bringing change to the U.S. and an end to "business as usual" in Washington, D.C. The labor movement embraced Obama's promises and invested significantly in ensuring his presidency.

During his first 100 days as president, Obama not only kept his promises—he exceeded them. For better or worse, there is no doubt Obama's term will continue to bring dramatic changes to the U.S. workplace, as well as courtrooms tasked with deciding labor and employment matters. Employers must be familiar with existing and potential employment-related legislative and executive initiatives to ensure their workplaces are fully compliant.

Existing legislation

From the successful passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008 to the new Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations, the labor movement already had begun making significant employee-friendly strides and revolutionizing the U.S. workplace before Obama became president. And employers still are grappling with the significant changes posed...

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