ADEA ‘Reasonable Factors Other Than Age’ Rule to Be Published Tomorrow

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued the “Final Regulation on Disparate Impact and Reasonable Factors Other than Age” (RFOA)  under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA). The final rule was coordinated with other federal agencies and reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  The rule was posted […]

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USCIS Invites Public Commentary on Proposed Revision of Form I-9

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today published a notice in the Federal Register, inviting public comment on a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Employers must complete Form I-9 for all newly hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the United States. The public is invited to comment on […]

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SCOTUS Upholds States’ Sovereign Immunity from Employees’ FMLA Self-Care Lawsuits

Under the U.S. Constitution, states are sovereign entities immune from lawsuits for damages unless they either waive this right or have their sovereignty pierced by federal legislation based on the equal protection provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment. This background is important when considering the recent Supreme Decision in Coleman v. Court of Appeals of Maryland, […]

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OSHA’s New Hazard Communication Standard Being Published Today

The final rule launching a new Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is being published today in the Federal Register by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to be followed by a 60-day public commentary period. This is the first major updating of the HCS since 1983. The rule incorporates the Globally Harmonized System of Classification […]

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HHS Deems Health Insurance Hikes in Nine States ‘Unreasonable’

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has deemed as "unreasonable" health insurance rate hikes announced in nine states as high as 24 percent. In the decisions announced yesterday, HHS determined that, after independent expert review, two insurance companies have proposed unreasonable health insurance premium increases in nine states—Arizona, Idaho, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Virginia, […]

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Blue Cross Blue Shield First to Settle Over HITECH Breach Enforcement

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee (BCBST) has become the first company in the nation to settle over a medical data security breach, agreeing to pay $1.5 million to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The settlement stems from new security breach rules and fines imposed by 2009's Health Information Technology for Economic […]

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BusinessUSA Site Opens to Consolidate Government Information for Entrepreneurs, Business Owners

Eleven federal agencies are working together to aggregate government information necessary for America's "small businesses and exporters" onto one platform, which is now Business.USA.gov — a Web site in beta testing and open to further suggestions and input from users. The site's "About Us" page explains: BusinessUSA implements a “no wrong door” approach for small […]

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OSHA Releases New Hazard Communication Standard Incorporating GHS

To better protect workers from hazardous chemicals, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has revised its Hazard Communication Standard, aligning it with the United Nations' global chemical labeling system. The new standard, once implemented, will prevent an estimated 43 deaths and result in an estimated $475.2 million in enhanced productivity for […]

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IRS Urges Small Businesses to Take Advantage of Health Insurance Tax Credit

With business tax-filing deadlines fast approaching, the Internal Revenue Service this week encouraged small employers that provide health insurance coverage to their employees to check out the small business health care tax credit and then claim it if they qualify. The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit  page on IRS.gov is packed with information and […]

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DOL Steps Up to Help Combat Unemployment Insurance Fraud

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the availability of new tools to support state agencies in detecting, preventing and recovering improper Unemployment Insurance (UI) payments as well as combating UI fraud. The Fraud Tips and Leads Gateway, a new online tool, provides the public with a portal to report fraud. It will help […]

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