Four Employment Bills Pending in the U.S. Congress

By Eric B. Meyer

Here are summaries of four pieces of legislation of which employer’s should take note:

  • Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) introduced this bill last week. It would overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Gross v. FBL Financial Services, Inc. and lower the burden of proof for employees to prove age discrimination claims.
  • National Right to Work Act. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) has introduced this bill to “preserve and protect the free choice of individual employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities.”
  • Working Families Flexibility Act. Late last month, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-New York) and Sen. Robert Casey (D-Pennsylvania) introduced this bill in both the House and Senate. In effect, it would create a statutory right for employees to request flexible work terms and conditions. Employers who receive such requests must then engage in an interactive dialogue with the employee.
  • Keep Employees’ Emails and Phones Secure Act. This bill from Rep. Sandy Adams (R-Florida) would “prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from requiring that employers provide to the Board or to a labor organization the telephone number or email address of any employee.”

Gun to my head, none of these bills pass. But, all are worth watching. And speaking of watching, in the spirit of this post, below is the “I’m Just a BIll” Schoolhouse Rock video.

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Huge hat tip to the Washington DC Employment Law Update for some of these goodies.

This was originally published on Eric B. Meyer’s blog, The Employer Handbook.

You know that scientist in the action movie who has all the right answers if only the government would just pay attention? Eric B. Meyer, Esq. gets companies HR-compliant before the action sequence. Serving clients nationwide, Eric is a Partner at FisherBroyles, LLP, which is the largest full-service, cloud-based law firm in the world, with approximately 210 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Eric is also a volunteer EEOC mediator, a paid private mediator, and publisher of The Employer Handbook (, which is pretty much the best employment law blog ever. That, and he's been quoted in the British tabloids. #Bucketlist.