2011 a Record Year for I-9 Audits and Prosecutions

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials issued 2,393 form I-9 audit notices in 2011, a 375-percent increase from 2008, the last year of the Bush administration. In addition, ICE arrested and prosecuted 196 business owners, executives and human resource managers for immigration violations in 2011, surpassing the previous high of 135 in 2008. The trend […]

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California Wage Notification Law Takes Effect Jan. 1

Much like New York's Wage Theft Protection Act (WTPA), California has enacted legislation taking effect this Jan. 1 that mandates employees to notify non-exempt employees of their wage guarantees and protections. With the same name as its New York counterpart, the Golden State mandate applies to new hires and requires employers to inform these newcomers […]

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States Receive Nearly $300 Million in CHIPRA Performance Bonuses

Twenty-three states that have implemented at least five of eight programs to streamline children's health insurance coverage and meet enrollment targets will receive more than $296 million in federal performance bonuses, the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department announced Wednesday. The performance bonus payments are funded under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), […]

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New York’s Wage Theft Act Set to Launch Jan. 1

New York's Wage Theft Prevention Act (WTPA) takes effect on Jan. 1, 2012, giving employers until Feb. 1, 2012, to provide their employees with the following information in writing: Their wage rate, and how it is computed (hourly, salaried, commissioned, etc.) Their overtime rate, if applicable The company's pay dates The company's name and DBAs, […]

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NLRB Heeds Judge, Delays Employee Rights Poster Mandate Until April 30, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has agreed to delay the implementation of its Employee Rights Poster mandate until April 30, 2012, giving the legal system time to hear challenges. This development follows closely upon our earlier advisory that a district court judge had beseeched the board to reconsider its Jan. 31, 2012, […]

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Judge Asks NLRB to Reconsider Employee Rights Notification Mandate

A district court judge in Washington, D.C., has asked the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to reconsider its Jan. 31, 2012, mandate for all U.S. businesses to post an National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) Employee Rights notification. The judge issued his request in the face of mounting legal challenges over the new poster. With no […]

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Veterans Employment Law Adds Harassment Protection to USERRA

As part of the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act signed Nov. 21 by President Obama, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act (USERRA) has been amended to provide protection against harassment for service members in their civilian jobs. Prior to VOW, courts had found it unclear if USERRA offered harassment (hostile work environment) protection […]

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NLRB to Publish Final Rule on Speedier Union Organizing Elections

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) voted today, 2-1, to finalize rules that will restrict employers in their challenges to union organizing elections at their worksites. The NLRB intends to publish the Final Rule in the Federal Register tomorrow (Dec. 22, 2011). Previously, employers could challenge–and thus delay elections–the status of supervisors (can they vote […]

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DOL Funding Up, but Actually Down from Last Year–Restrictions Apply

The House and Senate have both passed a fiscal 2012, $14.5-billion appropriations bill for the Department of Labor (DOL) that represents $145.4 million in additional funding. Since those additional funds derive solely from a provision to fully finance the Job Corps, however, the DOL is actually receiving $545.6 million less than fiscal 2011 and $942.2 […]

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Obama to Let States Decide Benefits Under PPACA Health Insurance Exchanges

In a move that seemed to please neither side of the argument, President Obama has agreed to let the states decide benefit levels for health insurance policies that will be sold on the exchanges being set up for 2014 to service individuals and small groups. As initially envisioned in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care […]

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