Although more than 40 different labor and employment law bills were proposed in 2009, Congress acted on very few of them. In 2010, the story could be quite different - especially if Congress can pass health care reform legislation early in the year. At least seven areas of labor and employment law have great potential to be "hot" this year.

  1. Health Care
  2. Employee Leave Rights
  3. Traditional Labor Law
  4. Arbitration of Disputes
  5. Occupational Safety and Health
  6. Discrimination Laws
  7. Government Contracts

While these are just a few examples of the changes we expect in the area of labor and employment law, there will be others. Employers should expect 2010 to be a year of dramatic change in workplace laws and regulation.

This article appeared in the January 19, 2010 issue of Employment Law360.