What Impact Will An Obama Administration Have On Labor & Employment Law – Part 2

I previously wrote that President-elect Obama is certain to make a mark on the employment law landscape. An article at the New York Law Journal also has a nice summary of several more detailed employment law changes that Obama is likely to seek.

Notably, the author alleges that Obama would seek to expand the FMLA to provide authority for leaves of absence for other purposes, including parents’ attendance at childrens’ school activities. Also, according to the Author, Obama supports a federal mandate that all employers provide a minimum number of paid sick days.

With respect to labor laws, in addition to what I previously wrote about the proposed elimination of the secret ballot union election, Obama has proposed limiting the definition of “supervisor” under the National Labor Relations Act so that more persons would be considered part of a union.

The author also makes one other very good point. Ignoring all of the legislative efforts to be expected, President-elect Obama also is likely to appoint at least one Justice to the United States Supreme Court. A change in the Court could also have a significant impact on labor and employment law.

Stay tuned, folks….


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