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Predictions for 2008?

Published by on January 8, 2008

Some of the employment blogs are tendering predictions for trends in 2008. Jottings By An Employer’s Lawyer says that wage and hour collective/class actions and DOL enforcement will be the story for 2008. Connecticut Employment Law Blog says reductions-in-force are likely to be the story.  New Jersey Employment Law Blog closes 2007 with a story […]

Some of the employment blogs are tendering predictions for trends in 2008.

Jottings By An Employer’s Lawyer says that wage and hour collective/class actions and DOL enforcement will be the story for 2008.

Connecticut Employment Law Blog says reductions-in-force are likely to be the story.  New Jersey Employment Law Blog closes 2007 with a story on layoffs by Merrill Lynch of 1,600 employees.

The FMLA Blog points out that the DOL will be issuing proposed FMLA regulations in 2008.  The expansion of the FMLA to cover care for injured soldiers fell victim to a pocket veto in December and may be picked up again in 2008.

George’s Employment Blawg touches on increased use of social networking sites for business purposes.

Ohio Employer’s Law Blog posits health insurance audits by employers as one trend for 2008.

Pennsylvania Employment Law Blog posts a list of resolutions for the new year from the HR world.

My predictions for 2008?  Based on the above it looks like employment law will only continue to become more complex.  Look for legislative and regulatory changes on the FMLA (and state legislative activity like Ohio’s proposed Healthy Families Act (see post here).  I agree that wage and hour issues, particularly collective actions, will be the focus of activity in 2008 given that employee attorneys do not have to prove intent and can collect attorneys’ fees if they prove a violation.  Finally, the 2008 Presidential election may set the agenda for 2009 and beyond in many areas of employment law — union rules; FMLA; transgender and other sexual orientation discrimination.

Happy New Year!

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