Randel Johnson, senior vice president of labor, immigration and employee benefits at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, testifies several times a year before the Senate, most recently to voice opposition to proposed health care legislation that would require nearly all employers to provide some level of coverage to their employees.
A March 2009 survey of nearly 8,400 human resources executives by HR Solutions International Inc. found that 60 percent of respondents didn't know what the Employee Free Choice Act was or were waiting to see what happened with the act before developing an action plan.
Dozens of worker-friendly laws are making their way through the halls of Congress, including an unprecedented expansion of mandates on small employers, in some cases reaching businesses with as few as 15 employees.
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, signed into law in January 2009, is named after a woman who was paid less than her male co-workers at a Goodyear Tire & Rubber plant in Alabama over the course of her 19-year career there.
President Barack Obama has been in office for only seven months, but already his administration has ushered in a slew of rules and regulations that affect the way employers deal with their employees—from a new law that makes it easier for people to pursue pay discrimination cases to a broader reading of who's covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act.