Author: Michael Cardman, XpertHR Legal Editor
The 2012 elections will affect HR in ways that remain to be seen. But many consequences of the elections are immediately clear in a variety of areas from health care to labor relations to E-Verify to local minimum wages. Here are some highlights of XpertHR's coverage of election issues.
- Increased government regulation and enforcement; a renewed push for the Paycheck Fairness Act, and preservation of the status quo on the Supreme Court are among the likely consequences for labor and employment law: What Obama's Win Means for Labor and Employment Law;
- Overshadowed by President Obama's re-election and some hotly-contested Senate races were several notable state ballot measures affecting HR: States Pass Host of Ballot Measures Affecting HR;
- From California to Alabama, voters alternatively approved and struck down a number of initiatives and ballot referenda relating to labor relations: Elections Update: Labor Relations and the Polls;
- President Obama's re-election means he will continue to advocate making E-Verify's voluntary for all employers except for federal contractors: Where Presidential Candidates Stand on E-Verify; and
- Voters in Albuquerque, NM; San Jose, CA; and Long Beach, CA, approved ballot resolutions that raise or establish a minimum wage for hourly workers: Three Cities Approve Minimum Wage Ballot Resolutions.
Also of interest is a podcast, Experts Weigh Election's Impact on Employment Law, in which Legal Editor David Weisenfeld moderates a panel discussion on what the election results mean for HR and key employment issues to watch.
XpertHR will continue to monitor new developments as they arise.