This year has seen a “changing of the guard” in Washington, with Republicans now in control of both Congress and the White House. HR professionals know full well how the workplace can be impacted by these power swings. Radical shifts on topics like overtime pay and paid leave can wreak havoc on HR and legal teams, tasked with the not-so-simple challenge of keeping their organizations compliant.
Last year, we described a surge in “pro-employee” laws and regulations. Under President Obama, we saw substantial changes across all areas of HR compliance. With the new Trump administration, the epicenter of those changes has shifted from Washington to states and cities. Lawmakers and labor groups, believing that the prospects for federal action around paid leave, equal pay, overtime, and the minimum wage have reached rock bottom, have only intensified their local efforts.
Take note, HR: regardless of which political party has the upperhand in Washington, change is coming. Through local and state activity, our national patchwork of employment and labor laws is about to get a lot more complicated. Here’s a few key HR trends to watch in 2017: