Postelection Advice for Entrepreneurs

Now that change is coming to Washington, here's how issues like minimum wage, health care, and immigration reform could play out for small-business owners

With the midterm election ballots finally tabulated, every small-business owner would like to have a crystal ball. How will the shift in congressional power change the atmosphere for small business over the next two years? Issues ranging from the minimum wage to the health-care conundrum to immigration reform will likely be affected by a Democrat-ruled Congress. For some insights into the cloudy future, Smart Answers columnist Karen E. Klein talked to Marko Mrkonich, president and an attorney at Littler Mendelson, the nation's largest labor and employment law firm. Edited excerpts of their conversation follow.

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