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Tough Times Ahead for Employers


Employers have been dealing for three years now with a presidential administration that is less than friendly to their positions and their interests. What will be different in 2012?

Look for a stepped-up activity on several fronts by plaintiffs' attorneys, unions and other pro-labor groups to press their advantage in advance of an election that may change the equation. They will want to maximize and consolidate their gains while the National Labor Relations Board and regulatory agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission still favor their interests.

Major issues that will come to the forefront in the coming year include:

Overall, companies can expect to have to deal with stepped-up pro-labor activity, which likely will include increased union organizing efforts.

This article appeared in the January 17, 2012 edition of The Kansas City Star.


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