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Are Employers Facing Tougher Regulatory Times This Year?

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Are you concerned about the ever-increasing workplace regulatory efforts coming out of Washington? Well, don’t expect that to end anytime soon — not in 2012 anyway.

Readers of TLNT know that there has been a steady drumbeat of rulings, regulations, and stepped up enforcement coming from the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Labor Relations Board, EEOC, OSHA, and other federal boards and agencies.

And according to Jim Holland, a partner in the Kansas City office of the law firm Fisher & Phillips, there is much more to come. He wrote about it this week in the Kansas City Star, and anyone who manages talent and/or runs a business needs to read what he has to say because he believes there are many more regulatory hurdles coming out of Washington that employers will have to deal with.

As he writes in Employers face tougher times this year under Obama administration:

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 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.”

He goes on to list a number of major workplace issues that will come to the forefront this year. Whether you believe this kind of government regulation is a terrible business impediment, or, sorely needed and the cost of working in America, you’ll want to take a good look at what this workplace legal expert has to say.

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John Hollon is Vice President for Editorial of TLNT.com, and the former Editor of Workforce Management magazine and workforce.com. An award-winning journalist, John has written extensively about HR, talent management, leadership, and smart business practices. Contact him at john@tlnt.com, and follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/johnhollon.