“2017 promises to be a year of significant change in both the White House and Congress. During the past eight year, the Obama Administration instituted a number of employment-related changes. The question is how, and to what degree, the Trump Administration and a new Republican-controlled Congress will change these directives,” said Larry Stine. The senior principal of Wimberly, Lawson, Steckel, Schneider & Stine, P.C., made these comments during his presentation at the “U.S. Employment Law Regulatory Update” education program, held in conjunction with the 2017 International Production & Processing Expo. The program was sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association.

Stine reviewed a list of executive orders (EO) instituted by the Obama Administration that may be rescinded through the Trump Administration, specifically addressing EO 13658, EO 13673 and EO 13655. He also discussed OSHA’s new recordkeeping rule as well as other topics such as immigration, the “gig economy,” LGBT issues, right-to-work laws, and state and municipal wage laws.

Chris Lauderdale, attorney for Jackson Lewis P.C., discussed some the 2017 employment lawsuits that are before the Supreme Court, highlighting the Murphy Oil, Epic Systems and Ernst & Young cases. He also reviewed the expansion of right-to-work laws in 26 states, as well as additional EEOC and DOL changes instituted by the Obama Administration. Lauderdale concluded with a discussion on worker-friendly proposals being considered by the Trump Administration and responses from states and localities.