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Loser Laws

It's high time Congress got rid of some old-time legislation.

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This story appears in the December 2000 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Many of today's labor laws were passed before World War II, when the country comprised mostly smokestack industries. In today's new economy, is it time Congress made some major changes to those laws? Business leaders overwhelmingly say yes.

Labor laws are historically tough to change. "Reviewing old laws is not as popular as issuing new ones," says Randy Johnson, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's vice president of labor and employee relations, "so [laws already] on the books don't get the attention they should."

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