Sunday, October 19, 2008

HR EYE ON THE ELECTION - Fast Track Changes

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Assuming that the Democrats enjoy the actual success in the voting booth on Election Day that polls are pointing to now, expect to see the following legislative changes enacted by mid-2009, some on a "fast track":

EFCA will be pushed on a fast track by Democrats and will be enacted as currently proposed, including
  • Card check provisions for recognition,
  • Fines of $20,000 per violation on Unfair Labor Practices (employers only)
  • Binding Arbitration, (possibly the most discomforting change being enacted)
A new slate of appointments to the National Labor Relations Board that will be pro-Labor.

The R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Act will be passed changing the definition of supervisors under the National Labor Relations Act and making those covered under Sec. 2(11) of the NLRA eligible to be unionized.

Legislation making the use of permanent strike replacements during economic strikes by employers illegal.

It is highly probable we will see some move towards a more nationalized type of health insurance, but private employer insurance will still be prevalent.

By the end of 2009, we are likely to see:

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