This thread is designed to be a bit of a "catch-all" for what we might call "water cooler talk" about the man who will be, in January, 2009, the next President of the United States. The thread will probably get the usual proclamations of divine intervention, sensible discussion of the issues facing his presidency, and a smattering of rants and raves. Go for it.
This Bear will start, with a brief list of important issues that he will deal with, one way or another.....
The Employee Free Choice Act. Most likely this pro-union legislation will pass. Basically, it removes elections for a union from the workplace. If enough employees sign a card indicating they want a union the union is IN. A corporation will have little-to-no opportunity to make their case for not having a union.
Increased FMLA coverage. Smaller employers will find themselves being forced to comply with FMLA laws.
Extended paid leave will become a front-burner issue. This legislation will be strongly-welcomed by employees and a nightmare to employers.
There will be changes to discrimination laws. Those changes will loosen the strict time limits on filing certain types of discrimination suits. Example.....a Goodyear Tire employee.....a woman.....discovered that she was getting paid less than a male co-worker who was doing the same job. When she went to file a claim she was told that it had to be filed with 180 days of when she was hired at the lower rate, even though she did not discover it until much later.
This Bear is not in favor of the union measure.....OK with the changes to FMLA, but well aware this will drive-up costs to consumers (and especially patients, because it will affect the smaller medical offices).....the paid leave issue will drive-up costs, perhaps significantly in the long-term, and could lead to more and more corporations switching to part-time employees.....totally in favor of the changes to the time limits on the discrimination cases.
We are hearing a lot about the BIG issue of the day.....the economy.....and how a Barack Obama administration will handle it. There are other issues that will also have lasting effects on the way we live. I have listed four.