The landscape of employment law in America is constantly evolving, and 2021 promises to be a year of change. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced companies to adapt to new challenges, and many of these adaptations are likely to have long-lasting effects on the employment landscape. Here are some predictions for what the future of employment law in America might look like:
Remote work will become increasingly common
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many companies to shift to remote work, and this trend is likely to continue even after the pandemic ends. Many workers have discovered that they enjoy the flexibility and work-life balance that comes with remote work, and employers have come to appreciate the cost savings and increased productivity that remote work can bring. As a result, companies are likely to continue exploring new ways to adapt to remote work while fulfilling their obligations to their employees in terms of wages, benefits, and hours worked.
There will be additional regulatory scrutiny of gig economy companies
Gig economy companies like Uber and Lyft have come under fire for their treatment of workers, who are often classified as independent contractors instead of employees. This classification allows these companies to avoid paying minimum wage, overtime, and other benefits to their workers, which has sparked criticism from labor advocates. In response, several states have passed legislation aimed at reclassifying gig workers as employees, and this trend is likely to accelerate in the coming years.
The fight for equal pay will continue
The fight for equal pay has been ongoing for many years, with women and people of color often being paid less than their white male counterparts for the same work. While progress has been made in some areas, there is still a long way to go to achieve true pay equity. In the coming years, we can expect to see more court cases and legislative action aimed at closing the pay gap and ensuring that all workers are compensated fairly for their work.
Workplace safety regulations will become more stringent
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many weaknesses in workplace safety regulations, and as a result, we can expect to see more stringent regulations in the future. Employers will be expected to ensure that their workers are safe and protected from the spread of infectious diseases, and failure to do so may lead to legal action.
In conclusion, the future of employment law in America is likely to be shaped by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the changing needs of employers and workers. Remote work, gig economy regulation, pay equity, and workplace safety are likely to be major areas of focus in the coming years, and employers will need to be prepared to adapt to these changes in order to stay compliant with the law and maintain a happy and productive workforce.