EBSA Set to Extend Start Date for Fee Disclosure Rules

Following an announcement in February of its intent to push back the applicability date for two new fee disclosure rules. the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) took public commentary (mostly favorable) and now appears ready to publish the extension in the Federal Register tomorrow (June 1, 2011). The original applicability date was set for July […]

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Maine Set to Relax Work Rules for 16-17-Year-Olds in School

Maine has passed legislation, which the governor is expected to sign, that will allow students aged 16 and 17 to work six hours a day after school ends for a maximum of 24 hours a week. Additionally, work must cease by 10:15 p.m. if school is in session the next day. An earlier version that […]

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Connecticut to Become First State With Paid Sick Leave Law

The Connecticut Senate this week passed—and the governor is expected to sign—legislation mandating five annual days of sick leave for "service workers," which is an extremely and confusing category according to legal experts who have examined the wording of the law. Interestingly, the bill exempts the YMCA and all manufacturers, but requires employers to determine […]

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OSHA Announces Reduction in Some Reporting Requirements

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced the forthcoming release of a final rule that streamlines and simplifies standards while reducing employer burdens. The rule, which soon will be published in the Federal Register, will help keep OSHA standards up-to-date and better enable employers to comply with their regulatory […]

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Auto-Enrollment Pushes 401(k) Participation to Record Level

After Congress passed legislation in 2006 to make it easier for businesses to auto-enroll new employees in their companies' 401(k) defined-contribution plans,  the overall participation rate has gone up to 75.8 percent from 67.2 percent in 2005, according to a study to Aon Hewitt Inc. Though 60 percent of the 120 companies analyzed are now […]

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Final ADAAA Regulations from EEOC Take Effect Tomorrow (May 24, 2011)

Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of a  disability and requires employers to accommodate a qualified individual’s physical or mental impairment in the workplace, unless such accommodation causes an undue hardship. All employers with 15 or more employees are subject to the ADA as enforced by […]

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NLRB Again Moves to Protect Fired Workers for Their Online Comments

In a batch of recent decisions, the National Labor Relations Board has been moving aggressively to safeguard both "protected concerted activity" among co-workers and online commentary by employees on social media sites. Yesterday (May 18, 2011), the NLRB joined the two initiatives in a complaint filed against Hispanics United of Buffalo after the nonprofit "unlawfully […]

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OSHA Seeking Comments on Proposed MSD Column on Form 300

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) first proposed, then abandoned, and finally reintroduced a rule that would add a column for reporting musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) on the annual Form 300 Injury and Illness Log that each business must submit. In its latest incarnation, the rule was opened to public commentary during teleconferences held on […]

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USCIS Launches I-9 Central Online Resource

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched I-9 Central, a new online resource center dedicated to the most frequently accessed form on USCIS.gov: Form I-9, Employee Eligibility Verification. The free Web site builds on recent employment-related enhancements by providing employers and employees simple one-click access to resources, tips and guidance to properly complete Form […]

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HHS to Release Final HIPAA Privacy, Security Rules by Year-End

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is aiming to release its long-awaited (and consolidated) Final Rule on the HIPAA privacy and security rules by the end of 2011, it was announced by Susan McAndrew, deputy director in the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The revamped regulations for the privacy and security rules […]

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