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HR professionals must prepare for Donald Trump's proposed workplace policies
With the presidential election complete, it is time for HR professionals to review and prepare for president-elect Donald Trump's proposed workplace policies.
The following is an archive of SHRM's post-election coverage. New articles will be added as the election cycle continues.
Donald Trump's Workplace Policies:
Trump’s Ideas for Change in the WorkplaceNow that Donald Trump has been elected president, HR professionals are reviewing his positions on issues affecting the workplace.
In some cases, he is calling for less regulation; in other situations, he calls for more. And his proposals aren't without controversy.
Trump Faces Choice on Overtime AppealThe Department of Labor (DOL) under President-elect Donald Trump may withdraw the DOL's appeal of a preliminary blocking of the federal overtime rule if there hasn't been a decision on the appeal by Inauguration Day. But there's a slight chance the appeal will be decided before Jan. 20, though every day that goes by without an order on the appeal makes the chance of it "exponentially narrower," said Eric Magnus, an attorney with Jackson Lewis in Atlanta.
Election Results and Supreme Court Vacancy Raise Questions for the WorkplaceJustice Antonin Scalia's passing earlier this year and the recent presidential election are two events that have had a wide impact on the wage and hour arena in recent months, according to Christopher Parlo, an attorney with Morgan Lewis in New York City.
Post-Election Emotions Run High in the Workplace"It was like somebody died. There was really a lot of grief, and you don't just ignore that. We're not a political organization, and we don't have political conversations in the office, so I wasn't sure how to navigate this … how to acknowledge the feelings that [Hillary Clinton supporters] were having without potentially marginalizing others who had voted [for Trump]."
Trump’s Maternity Leave Proposal May Not Be Popular on Capitol Hill
Once Donald Trump becomes president, he may find critics of his paid maternity leave proposal on both sides of the aisle. Republican-supported legislation for banking compensatory time to cover future family leave needs may have brighter prospects. Even that may be a long shot, though, as its chief sponsor, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., was not re-elected.
What the Donald Trump Presidency Could Mean for the FLSA Overtime RulePresident-elect Donald Trump can't do much about the Dec. 1 effective date of the new overtime rule, which doubles the exempt salary threshold under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to $47,476. But he may be receptive to calling for a small-business exemption and doing away with the triennial automatic increases after he takes office Jan. 20.
ACA Likely to Change Substantially but Full Repeal UnlikelyPresident Donald Trump and GOP congressional leaders are expected to first make a grand gesture of trying to repeal the ACA, and then start negotiating with Democrats on changing the law in ways that can attract enough senators from both parties to pass the 60-vote threshold. Alternatively, Republicans may use the process of budget reconciliation—in which a simple Senate majority is needed to pass measures related to spending.
State Ballot Initiatives:
Voters in Arizona and Washington approved ballot measures that will require employers to offer paid sick leave to workers beginning in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The two states join Connecticut, California, Massachusetts, Oregon and Vermont in offering statewide paid-sick-leave programs. And a wave of similar ordinances has swept through cities and counties across the country.
More States Legalize Recreational and Medical MarijuanaThe trend to legalize marijuana continued on Nov. 8 as voters in nine states cast ballots on the issue. Although not all results are in, ballot measures have passed in seven of those states so far.
Voters Approve Minimum-Wage Hikes in Four StatesThe movement to raise the minimum wage in cities and states across the country has gained momentum in recent years, and voters in four states showed there's no sign of it slowing down.
Voters decided several state ballot initiatives involving marijuana legalization, minimum wage, paid sick leave and right-to-work laws.
Politics in the Workplace
Presidential Election Is Stressing Out Workers, Hurting ProductivityThe contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for president of the United States stressed out workers and incited workplace arguments that hurt productivity, according to new findings by the American Psychological Association (APA).
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