Obamacare: How the Reconciliation Process Works

With the election of Scott Brown as the 41st Republican to prevent the full Senate from voting on health care reform, the Democrats are left with difficult choices to see their baby through. Some bloggers have written of a secret deal between Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid by which the House would approve the Senate […]

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Wild Edibles Settles Wage-and-Hour Dispute to Survive Alive

Wild Edibles, a Long Island City, N.Y.-based wholesale seafood purveyor that was forced into bankruptcy in July 2009, has settled with a wage-earners’ group that led a successful boycott of the firm’s provisioning by 70 Manhattan restaurants. The boycott was orchestrated by the nonprofit group Brandworkers, which alleged overtime and wage-and-hour violations by Wild Edibles […]

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IRS to Audit 6,000 Firms on Worker Misclassification

Strapped for cash, the Internal Revenue Service has announced plans to audit 6,000 businesses, both large and small, with a focus on worker misclassification, fringe benefits, reimbursed expenses, and executive compensation. If the IRS discovers personnel listed as independent contractors who are in fact company employees, the results could be costly. The firm could owe large […]

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Maine Floats Paid Sick Leave Law, Businesses Recoil

First Congress proposed a paid sick leave policy for all the nation’s businesses, but that initiative seems to have stalled behind some minor issues like health care reform and carbon transfers. Now Maine is getting into the act, and the proposal has state businesspeople up in arms, especially those who run small businesses. The bill […]

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Becker to Be Renominated to NLRB, Sources Say

Though there’s been no official announcement, the New York Times is reporting that the White House will renominate Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Obama’s original nomination of Becker was sent back by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 24, 2009, for reconsideration. Becker met a hailstorm of criticism from Republicans and business […]

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EEOC Warns About Background Checks and Hiring Decisions

When the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in recent years noticed an increase in complaints about employment background checks and their effect on minorities, it unveiled its E-RACE (Eradicating Racism And Colorism from Employment) program. With adverse hiring decisions arising from background checks still hurting black and Latin applicants, the agency is reissuing its warning […]

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EEOC Claims Fall–to Second Highest Level Ever!

Complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in fiscal 2009 fell to 93,277, but that was still the second highest total ever. In addition, the agency obtained $376 million in relief for complainants. Topping the list were charges alleging discrimination based on race (36 percent), followed by retaliation (also 36 percent) and then […]

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Who’s Gobbled the Most ARRA Pork?

Just got my hands on a list of the "Top 10 Bailout Money Recipients" detailing the companies that have received the largest grants from ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) funds. Topping the list is an organization called Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC (SRNS). SRNS operates the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site in Aiken, South Carolina, […]

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