By Nancy Davis, editor, HR Magazine

With Congress in a stalemate on the deficit and federal budget, it’s full steam ahead for many of President Obama’s agencies when it comes to creating and enforcing U.S. regulations that define the employer-employee relationship. In our February cover package on regulatory compliance, contributing editor Robert Grossman spells out the agencies and laws that HR professionals must be mindful of on the cusp of a new administration and a new Congress. And there’s more:

•  Lawyer and contributing editor Jonathan A. Segal offers up his personal list of the 10 most troublesome federal regs.

•  The federal level of government is no longer the only one fashioning employment law and supervising employers:
Facing a laggardly Congress, state legislators are moving to levy prohibitions, injunctions and requirements on employers in a host of areas including minimum wages. SHRM senior writer Dori Meinert and senior legal editor Joanne Deschenaux, J.D.,  identify those trends and list the states where they have emerged.

•  Reporter Susan Heylman shares an essay that explains how employment laws become codified in the European Union and presents a map showing emerging employment law trends worldwide.

•  Reporter Dave Zielinski shows how technology can reduce the regulatory burden with, for instance, time-tracking systems that play a key role in complying with wage and hour laws and in reducing compensation claims.

This cover package has been months in the making and was a collaborative project for many of us in the SHRM newsroom including SHRM’s manager of workplace law content, Allen Smith, who shared planning and editing responsibilities with me.

If you have suggestions for other regulatory compliance topics you’d like to see covered in HR Magazine, please write me at, and thanks for contributing to HR Magazine.