Among the very few “must-pass” bills that Congress is required to deal with each year is the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which in spite of partisan challenges, has been approved each year for more than 50 years, typically in bipartisan fashion. The FY 2020 NDAA bill (S.1790) was approved by large majorities in both the House and Senate, and was signed into law by President Trump on December 20, 2019.

Because every member of Congress knows that the NDAA is a must-pass bill, it often becomes the vehicle for unrelated amendments, and this year was no exception. Indeed, contained within the 3,400-page behemoth are a handful of measures likely to be of interest to employers, including a new ban-the-box requirement for federal contractors, 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal workers, and several review and reporting requirements that could set the stage for future workplace regulation.

Members of the Center for Workplace Compliance (CWC) can read more here.