Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Pennsylvania and Federal Employment Law in 2012

Due to my inability to predict the future, and the difficulty in detailing an entire year in one blog post, I'm going to keep this short. Here are just a few things on the employment law horizon in 2012.

Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation
For Pennsylvania employers and employees, many of the new Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation reforms take effect. The reforms include set-offs for large severance packages, new requirements that the unemployed actively search for employment, and new shared-work program provisions.

NLRB
The NLRB may cease to function for a little bit. but they lined up some stuff for employers in 2011. For example, the frequently delayed NLRA poster requirement should take effect on April 30, 2012. They also adopted new rules to speed up unionization votes.

SCOTUS
As readers of this blog know, I have not been a happy camper regarding the employment law cases (or lack thereof) for this Supreme Court season. But, I'm sure everyone is super-excited about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka "ObamaCare") case coming this Spring. And who knows, maybe they'll grant certiorari in an awesome new employment law case - only time will tell.

Bold Prediction
My bold prediction for 2012 is that there will be no new federal employment laws (of any real consequence). OK, given the divide between the House, Senate, and Executive, maybe that's not so bold. But, it's the best I can do.

Do you have any predictions for 2012? Did I miss anything? Drop a comment. Also, join me on The Proactive Employer podcast this Friday at 2:00 pm eastern to discuss employment law and 2012.

Posted by Philip Miles, an attorney with McQuaide Blasko in State College, Pennsylvania in the firm's civil litigation and labor and employment law practice groups.