Even as PPACA Kicks in, More and More Americans Lose Health Coverage

The percentage of Americans with employment-based health insurance dipped below 60 percent in 2009, a lot of it attributed to job losses, according to the latest study by the Washington, D.C.-based Employee Benefits Research Institute (EBRI). Overall, the percentage of individuals under age 65 with employment-based coverage declined from 61.1 percent in 2008 to 59 percent […]

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Court Rules That Cancer, Even in Remission, Represents a ‘Disability’

In wake of the enactment of the Americans With Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA), with its broader and more vigorous definition of what constitutes a disability, the courts are now rendering decisions that reverse and/or contradict earlier decisions rendered pre-ADAAA. Case in point: In one of the first decisions to interpret the new Americans with Disabilities […]

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ICE Targets 500 More Firms for I-9 Audits

On Sept. 15, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials sent out another 500 notices of inspection (NOIs) to businesses suspected of employing illegal immigrants. ICE agents will be auditing these firms’ I-9 employment verification documents. Affected businesses were given three business days to prepare for the inspection, so the audits should already be under way. […]

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EEO-1 Form Due to EEOC by Sept. 30

Employers with 100 or more employees (or government contractors of $50,000 or more with 50 or more employees) are required to file an Employer Information Report (EEO-1) each year on Sept. 30 with the EEOC’s EEO-1 Joint Reporting Committee. The EEO-1 report includes data on protected class representation in various job categories.  Filing is generally […]

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EEOC Begins Enforcing ADAAA Even Before Regs Are Finalized

With three lawsuits already filed, the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) has begun "vigorously" (in its words) enforcing the Americans With Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA), this despite the fact that final regulations have yet to be issued for the ADAAA. According to the EEOC, the cases were all filed under the broader definition of "disability" […]

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Justice Publishes Final ADA Regs Effective March 15, 2011

The Department of Justice (DOJ) today (Sept. 16, 2010) published Final Regulations in the Federal Register for Titles II and III of 1990’s Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), but the regs do not incorporate any directives or interpretations stemming from the ADA Amendments Act of 2009. Those will come later. Title II deals with state […]

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Restaurants Begin to Feel Heat of ICE Wrath

The nation’s restaurant industry, which reportedly employs illegal immigrants for at least 20 percent of its back-of-the-house workforce, is suddenly coming under the purview of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) crackdowns, according to the New York Times. ICE is now holding employers’ feet to the ground if it audits a workplace and finds illegal immigrants […]

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E-Verify Adds Photo Verification Option

Beginning this week, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) is expanding the photo matching portion of its E-Verify program to include U.S. passports and driver’s license data.   This change will be effective at the start of September and will give companies and organizations that use E-Verify the capability of comparing photos from […]

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Safety the Number-One Concern of Today’s Workers

Safety easily outranks wage-and-hour and other workplace issues among today’s workers, according to a just-released study by National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. More than eight of ten workers—85 percent—rank workplace safety first in importance among labor standards, even ahead of family and maternity leave, minimum wage, paid sick days, overtime […]

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