From Ancel Glink's labor & employment blog, The Workplace Report:
5 Developments to Watch in 2016
As we ring in the new year, here are five issues that employers will want to pay attention to in 2016:
1. Transgender employees. Protections for transgender employees will continue to be a hot issue in 2016. Expect the EEOC to continue aggressively pursuing employers who are accused of discrimination against transgender employees. Employers need to implement policies and train staff on this issue ASAP.
2. Obamacare. Expect more changes to Obamacare in 2016. The end of 2015 saw the postponement of the "Cadillac Taxs" for two years, possibly signaling its demise. The 2016 elections will surely usher in other changes to the law.
3. Overtime regulations. New rules regarding employee overtime pay will take effect this summer. Additional rules may be implemented by the Department of Labor in 2016 regarding who is qualified for overtime pay.
4. Minimum Wage. 2016 will continue to see calls to increase the minimum wage. It is possible that a new state law increasing the minimum wage will be passed. Additionally, some municipalities and counties may also pass ordinances increasing the minimum wage.
5. Paid Sick Leave. Paid sick and maternity/paternity leave has become a hot political issue. Last year, President Obama granted federal workers 6 weeks of paid maternity/paternity leave. Expect lawmakers to call for legislation providing paid sick leave and maternity/paternity leave for all employees. Also expect unions to increase their demands for this in bargaining.
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Post originally authored by Margaret Kostopulos, Ancel Glink, for The Workplace Report