August 22, 2009 at 9:43 am Leave a comment

Here is the list of latest employment law legislative proposals introduced in Congress.  The Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act (S. 1611) in the Senate would provide firefighters, police officers and emergency personnel with collective bargaining rights in states that currently do not provide them.  The bill does not preempt state laws regarding strikes and prohibits strikes or lockouts that would measurably disrupt emergency services.    The Senate is now considering the Employee Non-discrimination Act (ENDA) (S. 1584), which will prohibit employment discrimination based on perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity.  The US Department of Labor (DOL) has issued proposed regulations to implement a Presidential order requiring government contractors to tell employees of their rights to join and form unions.  More details are available here: http://www.jacksonlewis.com/legalupdates/article.cfm?aid=1810 The Senate is also considering a bill (S. 1580) that would expand the coverage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH), increase protections for whistleblowers under the OSH and add penalties for violation of it. According to news reports, the Department of Homeland Security is now again considering dropping its Social Security number mismatch regulations proposed during the Bush administration.  Finally, President Obama, in the midst of the healthcare reform battle, has stated he will have immigration reform legislation proposed in Congress by the end of 2009 and wants it considered in 2010.  2009 and 2010 will be busy legislative years for HR law … stay tuned for developments.

Thanks and acknowledgement to Mike O’Brien, Employment Attorney at the law firm Jones Waldo in Salt Lake City Utah for summarizing current HR legal issues.


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