Milwaukee Sick Leave Law Back On After Court Ruling

In November 2008 voters in Milwaukee, Wisc., approved a landmark paid sick leave initiative for employees working within the city. A subsequent legal challenge by a local business association got the measure ruled unconstitutional on technical law-writing grounds. Then, just a week ago the Wisconsin Court of Appeals reversed the original court decision, placing the […]

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SCOTUS to Take Up Wal-Mart Discrimination Case March 29

The United States Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments in the long-simmering Wal-Mart sex discrimination lawsuit tomorrow morning (March 29, 2011). The nine justices will weigh whether the class action certification in the case of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Dukes is justified under federal rules. Wal-Mart is arguing that monetary relief, as opposed to injunctive […]

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PPACA Compliance Deadline Extended on Claims Procedures

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury keep extending the compliance deadline of a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) affecting non-grandfathered health insurance plans. PPACA originally set the deadline for Jan. 1, 2011, but before that date even rolled around, it was extended to July 1, 2011. […]

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EEOC to Publish Final Rule on ADAAA on March 25

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that it will publish its Final Rule implementing the ADA Amendments Act in the Federal Register tomorrow (March 25, 2011). The regulations recently cleared review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and have been praised by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as reflecting "a […]

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SCOTUS Rules Oral Complaints as Valid as Written Ones

The U.S. Supreme Court today (March 22, 2011) overturned the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling that, to be valid, complaints under the anti-retaliation provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) must be in writing. In Kasten v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, the justices rejected what they termed a "narrow interpretation" of language in the […]

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DOL Creates Web Portal for Comments on Existing Regulations

The Department of Labor (DOL) has created a Web tool to solicit public commentary on "Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review," the Obama initiative issued on Jan. 18, 2011. The new portal is for comments on existing DOL regulations and reporting requirements, with the goal of streamlining and simplifying. The DOL announcement gives these guidelines: In […]

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OMB Approves ADAAA Final Regulations, Publication Next

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) reportedly has approved the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) proposed final regulations for the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA). The EEOC, if this is the case, is free to publish the final regulations in the Federal Register and begin enforcing their provisions after a stated period of time. The […]

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EEOC Recovers Record Amount of Claims Against Employers

In addition to reporting a record number of discrimination charges during the last fiscal year (nearly 100,000), the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) secured more than $400 million in monetary benefits from employers–the highest level of monetary relief ever obtained by the EEOC through its combined enforcement, mediation and litigation programs.    In order […]

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EBSA to Hold Hearings on PPACA Automatic Enrollment Mandate

The Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA) will hold public hearings on April 6 to discuss the automatic enrollment provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). PPACA inserts a provision in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requiring businesses with 200 or more employees to automatically enroll all employees into a health plan, […]

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ADA Design Standards to Change on March 15

The U.S. Department of Justice's amended Final Rule concerning the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) takes effect tomorrow, March 15, 2011, replacing the 1991 act's Standards for Accessible Design with a more vigorous 2010 set of standards. The 2010 Standards for Accessible Design provide new specifications for a wide range of architectural access features, including […]

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