After months of contentious campaigning, the 2022 midterm election is finally in the rearview mirror, although some races are yet to be decided. With the Democrats retaining the Senate and Republicans winning control of the House, gridlock is the likely outcome, as division between the two parties continues.
Despite the Democrats’ better-than-expected election performance, President Biden will be challenged to get legislation passed in the divided Congress. Battles over federal funding and Congressional investigations will create a combative environment in which virtually no significant legislation will make its way to the president’s desk. As a result, we are far more likely to see action in the form of new regulations enacted by various agencies than laws emerging from the halls of Congress.
That said, employers will need to pay close attention to what’s going on in Washington as there are a number of key issues they will have to deal with.