Our government managed to reach a deal to avoid another government shutdown. And so, while our tax refunds will continue to be processed and parks remain open, it is that time of year again — the time to review and reflect on all that has happened this past year and to look ahead to new possibilities in the upcoming year. What resolutions will we make for 2014? Will we learn to sit at the dinner table with our families and not look at our smart phones? Resolve not to bring cookies into the house (for, at least, most of the week)? Take mass transit, however unpredictable, instead of spending too much money on tolls and gas? Clean out the garage?

While ambiguity in the application and implementation of the federal Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) has dominated the labor and employment arena for many employers this year, employers should not be caught unaware of the other significant labor and employment issues that arose in 2013 and that will impact them in the New Year. To help employers gain an understanding of, and a solid foundation to navigate successfully through, a number of these issues, we encourage employers to consider making the following resolutions...

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