What’s on the 2012 Labor & Employment Law Horizon?

Employers, HR professionals, managers, and everyone else interested in the rules that govern employment will want to read K&L Gates’ update on the 2012 labor and employment legislative and regulatory landscape. It’s an extensive review of federal and state developments in 2011 and how they will affect companies and their employees:

“The last year saw limited legislative activity affecting employers, with most states addressing far more urgent budgetary and legislative priorities. The statutes passed have had a mixed impact on employers: in some states, legislation was passed to make it harder for employees to claim unemployment compensation, while in other states legislation was passed that tightens the statutory burden on employers. Two trends of note: more states are adopting ‘wage theft’ legislation and expanding protected classes of employees to encompass gender identity.At the federal level, most activity was concentrated in the pro-union National Labor Relations Board, which spent a good part of 2011 altering union representation election rules, attempting to limit employer-required individual arbitration and otherwise pandering to unions at employers’ expense. Additionally, legislation intended to further regulate the financial services industry has established a bounty for whistleblowers, further impinging on employers. Federal courts also made significant new case law in 2011 affecting core employment issues including class actions and arbitration clauses.”

Read the full update, 2012 Labor and Employment Horizon, K&L Gates LLP»