HR Roundtable panel member Bill Pinto discusses workplace-related legislation currently being addressed by Congress:
It may come as a surprise that Congress is not devoting all of its energies to finding solutions to the various health care issues. However, the members are addressing other matters, including several pieces of legislation that could impact the workplace.
Just this week, bills in the House and Senate were introduced to amend the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and overturn a Supreme Court decision from last term. In Gross v. FBL Financial Services, the Court held that it was not sufficient for the employee to show that his age was a “motivating factor” for his demotion. To prove his claim, the Court ruled that the employee must establish that his age was the determining cause of the employment decision. The pending legislation establishes the “motivating factor” standard as one of the ways in which an employee may demonstrate age discrimination. It