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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Employment Law Issues to Watch

What changes could we see to employment laws in the coming years?

Employment law is an evolving, ever changing field.  Employers across the country must stay abreast of the most recent legal changes in order to ensure compliance with state and federal laws.  Our Atlanta management based employment law attorney at Pankey & Horlock, LLC discusses the top employment law issues you need to watch below.

Coming Changes to Employment Laws

With a new president and cabinet in place, it is inevitable that some employment laws will change in the coming years. Here are some changes you should look for:

  1. Overtime laws:  President Obama’s administration was moving for revision of the current overtime rules, which would have significantly raised the salary threshold for exempt employees.  The Trump administration is not defending this proposed change, but the Department of Labor is still looking to propose a new overtime law.
  2. Healthcare laws:  Larger employers are required to offer employees health insurance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The Trump administration was vowed to repeal or significantly revise the law, but changes are yet to come.  Employers should remain in compliance with the law, yet be on the lookout for alterations to come.
  3. Independent contractor classification:  Misclassifying employees as independent contractors is considered a significant problem in the employment field.  Employers should watch for potential laws aimed at preventing such errors.  Additionally, some municipalities are enacting laws intended to protect independent contractors and freelancers from under payment and other mistreatment.
  4. Paid family leave:  There has been some discussion with the current administration as to changing laws allowing for paid parental leave.  Many states are taking action of their own as they wait for federal change.  State laws tend to be more inclusive of family members than is the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
  5. Discrimination claims:  Today, more and more employees are filing suit alleging discrimination at the hands of their employers.  As each of these cases are decided in federal court, laws governing discrimination claims continue to evolve.  Employers should review recent discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases to ensure their compliance with the law.

If you are an employer in the Atlanta area, consult with an employment law attorney for assistance with adhering to vital state and federal laws.  


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