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Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Four Employment Bills Pending in the U.S. Congress

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Here are summaries of four pieces of legislation of which employer’s should take note:



  • Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) introduced this bill last week. It would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Gross v. FBL Financial Services, Inc. and lower the burden of proof for employees to prove age discrimination claims.
  • National Right to Work Act. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) has introduced this bill to “preserve and protect the free choice of individual employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities.”
  • Working Families Flexibility Act. Late last month, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-New York) and Sen. Robert Casey (D-Pennsylvania) introduced this bill in both the House and Senate. In effect, it would create a statutory right for employees to request flexible work terms and conditions. Employers who receive such requests must then engage in an interactive dialogue with the employee.
  • Keep Employees’ Emails and Phones Secure Act. This bill from Rep. Sandy Adams (R-Florida) would “prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from requiring that employers provide to the Board or to a labor organization the telephone number or email address of any employee.”

This was originally published on Eric B. Meyer’s blog, The Employer Handbook.

Eric B. Meyer is a partner in the Labor and Employment Group of the Philadelphia-based law firm of Dilworth Paxson LLP . He dedicates his practice to litigating and assisting employers on labor and employment issues affecting the workplace, including collective bargaining, discrimination, employee handbook policies, enforcement of restrictive covenants, and trade secret protection. Eric also serves as a volunteer mediator for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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