We expected many changes in federal labor and employment law in 2009 – for the first time in years, Democrats control the White House and both houses of Congress and have the political ability to make significant reforms.  However, not much has happened in 2009: we have only significant labor and employment bill signed into law.  To be fair, President Obama and the Congress have had other things to worry about:  a war or two, a lousy economy, health care and selecting a new White House dog to name a few.

But, the 2009-2010 legislative session is still not over, and Congress may yet pass some of the many labor and employment-related bills still pending.  Employers may want to take note, as some of these may become law before the end of the session in 2010.  Click on "continue reading" for a complete list.

Click on the bill number to read the full text of each bill. 


  • S. 181:  The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.  President Obama’s first (and so far only) signed employment legislation, this became law on January 29, 2009.  It amends Title VII to state that the 180-day statute of limitations for filing an equal-pay lawsuit regarding pay discrimination resets with each new discriminatory paycheck.

Still Pending (as of September 23, 2009):

Executive Orders:  President Obama has also issued four labor-related executive orders.  Click on the title of each to read the order: