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US in-house counsel surveyed on key labour and employment law issues facing their organizations

Jurisdiction: - United States

Jackson Lewis, a labour and employment law firm with 46 offices throughout the United States, has released the results of a Workplace Survey it conducted of in-house counsel at large and medium size companies across the US.

The survey asked the in-house lawyers about trends and practices in their organizations. As set out in Jackson Lewis' June 18, 2010 press release, among the most notable findings from the survey were:

  • Employers hesitant to tackle social media minefield: Despite the prevalence of social media use in today's workplace, more than half of respondents reported that their company does not have a formal policy covering the use of social media, both inside and outside the workplace.
  • Health Care Reform Laws will create increased cost for employers: Nearly three-quarters of respondents believe that the newly introduced Health Care Reform Laws, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 and Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, will increase the cost of providing health care coverage to their employees.
  • Companies predict an increase in workplace organizing: Almost 65 percent of respondents believe that President Obama's recent appointments to the National Labor Relations Board will lead to an increase in union organizing in their company.
  • Alternative fee arrangements top of mind for employers: 80 percent of respondents have either changed or plan to change their fee arrangements with outside legal counsel due to the current economic environment.