Today’s Washington Post‘s "Capital Business" section published a piece I wrote about what to expect from labor law developments during the coming months. The intro:
When President Obama took office in early 2009, many expected significant legislative changes in the area of traditional labor law to facilitate union organizing in the private sector. But the new Republican majority in Congress on the one side and the Democrats’ simple Senate majority and presidential veto pen on the other make passage of sweeping legislation like the Employee Free Choice Act — or for that matter the converse Secret Ballot Protection Act — all but impossible.
Employers should still expect significant changes, however, as the president will instead advance his regulatory agenda administratively through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the issuance of executive orders. If you’re running a nonunion workplace today, these developments will make it easier for unions to organize your employees. Regardless of one’s personal feelings about unions or union representation, there’s no question that this increased government oversight, regulation and involvement will have a significant impact on large and small businesses alike.
Read the rest here.