Employment Line - Spring 2009


"No man's life, liberty and property is safe while the legislature is in session." -Mark Twain (1866)

This issue of Employment Line highlights the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), and the Re-Empowerment of Skilled and Professional Employees and Construction Tradeworkers Act (RESPECT), both pending before Congress. We will also discuss the COBRA Subsidization Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act which went into effect on March 1, 2009, as well as the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act which was signed into law on January 29, 2009; and a unanimous Supreme Court decision, Crawford v. Metropolitan Gov't of Nashville , which expanded employees' protection from employer retaliation. If passed, the Employee Free Choice Act would profoundly affect employers' abilities to resist union organizing. We urge you to contact your federal elected representatives and voice your opposition to this pending legislation. We would like to thank Law Clerk Kathleen McGinley for her assistance with these articles.

- Jerald J. Oppel

Chair, Ober|Kaler's Employment & Labor Group

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