With the US midterm elections behind us, it is time for employers, recruiters, candidates and hiring managers to get back to filling important job openings. But what impact will the results of the elections have on the workplace? Here are some things to consider:
Access to Global Talent
The control of the US House of Representatives by Democrats will certainly add more conversation to the rules around immigration reform and how difficult it will be for employers in need of accessing global talent. The ease of immigration for global talent will not dramatically increase anytime soon. Perhaps employers and politicians can work together to better define the needs for the specific global talent needed to fill currently unfillable position openings. A better immigration methodology is long overdue. Hard-to-find STEM positions should be easier to fill with recent graduates and a predictable immigration system that allows global talent to access US jobs.
Momentum around pay equity is gaining speed, energy and action. While a long-term topic, some states and jurisdictions have taken action to stop the use of salary history as a way to level the playing field around pay equity. With a Democratic-led House, there will be increasing levels of legislation and discussion around pay equity, as there is still substantial disparity after years of awareness and discussion.
Employee Healthcare and Benefits
House Democrats will keep healthcare and employee benefits as a key national debate in the US. The linkage between employment and healthcare is a relatively-unique US condition. While that bond between employment and health coverage is not likely to end anytime soon, employers will be challenged to use the benefit strategically while keeping their costs under control. Increases in costs will bring this unique relationship under increasing stress. A need for increasing tax revenues may bring more previously untaxed benefits under government scrutiny.
Consult with Professionals
For employers looking for assistance navigating this challenging landscape, they will need to consider using a recruitment professional. Small employers will have a tough time staying fully informed and compliant with new rules and legislation when going it alone.
What are some trends or issues you see gaining momentum as a result of the recent midterm elections?