What Exactly Is Free Choice?

One big labor law change anticipated in the Barack administration is enactment of the so-called Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), but like the Holy Roman Empire, which was neither holy, Roman nor an empire, does the EFCA really embody freedom and choice? For those on the business side of things–company owners and managers, et al.–the […]

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ADA Amendments Act Will Greet the New Year

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), originally passed in 1990, sought to open up employment in the private sector to persons with physical or mental disabilities who were otherwise perfectly capable of performing the required duties. The ADA brought to private enterprise what the 1973 Rehabilitation Act did for federal agencies and firms carrying out […]

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FMLA to Get Regulatory Makeover on Jan. 16

Mostly right, I guess, given the composition of the current administration. Much indeed has been made of Bush’s so-called “midnight regulations,” which no doubt face reversal under Obama and the Democratic Congress, but one set of regulations looks to be ensconced for a while. That would be the Final Rule issued Nov. 17, and taking […]

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FMLA, Minimum Wage Law Changes Abound in 2009

I won’t even begin to get into the changes to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) coming into force on Jan. 16, 2009, but as many have mentioned, the FMLA Final Rule (registered on Nov. 17) is a boon to families of service members and to employers, the latter of whom now get a better […]

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Labor Law Changes Coming in 2009: A Preview

I‘ve been following the News Alerts and other features at Personnel Concepts and note that big changes are coming labor’s way next year even before the new president is sworn in on Jan. 20. First, there are a lot of clarifications and updates to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). For one, it now covers […]

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