For 2013, it’s likely that the risks of noncompliance with employment-related laws are just going to get higher, BLR editors agreed.
First of all, DOL and other agencies are focusing on enforcement. They have more attorneys; they have additional statisticians, inspectors, and investigators; and they have the budget for more staffing.
Although the number of lawsuits is down a little, DOL’s “success” rateand the dollar amounts of settlements are going up.
In addition, with the reelection of President Obama, and the likely resistance he’ll get with legislative approaches, we’re sure to see a lot more nonlegislative action:
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On the affirmative action front, the Obama administration has brought unprecedented change to regulation and enforcement, including:
In addition, looking ahead to later in 2013, we can expect:
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