OSHA Slates Stakeholder Meeting to Assess State Plans’ Effectiveness

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has scheduled an informal stakeholder meeting to solicit comments on how to determine whether OSHA-approved State Plans are at least as effective as the Federal OSHA program as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The purpose of this meeting is to provide a forum […]

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NLRB Issues More Guidance on Company Social Media Policy

Lafe Solomon, the acting general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), has issued another memorandum citing examples of companies' social media policies that violate employee rights under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Section 7 rights give employees the green light to discuss conditions of employment, including wages, with one […]

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NLRB Issues Statement After Resignation of Member Accused of Leaking Documents

After member Terence F. Flynn resigned from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) over the Memorial Day weekend amid accusations of having leaked documents to GOP colleagues, the four remaining board members today issued a statement in hopes of calming the trouble waters from events they termed "a distraction" from "our mission." The statement reads, […]

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PPACA and All Other Supreme Court Decisions Expected by End of June

Several Supreme Court justices will begin teaching law school classes on July 1 at exclusive European retreats, meaning that all the court's current term decisions–including the one on the constitutionality of the individual mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)–will be issued by June 30, if not earlier. Associate Justices earn $213,900 […]

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Company Forfeits $2 Million to Avoid I-9 Prosecution

ABC Professional Tree Services Inc. (ABC) has agreed to adhere to revised immigration compliance procedures and to pay $2 million as forfeited funds to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) related to revenue derived from the employment of illegal aliens. The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson, Southern District of Texas, along with […]

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More Than Half of Americans With Individual Health Insurance Fall Below 2014 Standards

According to the provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), beginning in 2014 all small group and individual health insurance plans must be sold through state exchanges and meet standards established in the new law. PPACA qualifies state exchange policies as falling into four categories–bronze, silver, gold and platinum. According to actuarial […]

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DOL Ramps Up Wage and Hour Enforcement

According to recent analyses by national employment law firms, the Department of Labor (DOL) is increasing its enforcement efforts in inspecting for potential violations of the wage and hour provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The results indicate that investigators for the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) are being instructed to seek […]

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USCIS Launches Online Immigration System Called USCIS ELIS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today launched the first phase of its electronic immigration benefits system, known as USCIS ELIS. The system has been created to modernize the process for filing and adjudicating immigration benefits. “Today marks a significant milestone in our agency’s history,” said USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas. “We have launched the foundation […]

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Study of Safety Inspections Yields Surprising Results

A study of random Cal-OSHA inspections on California businesses by Associate Professor Michael Toffel of the Harvard Business School shatters some popular myths about safety and health inspections. One myth is that companies will find and correct safety hazards and other workplace issues just as well on their own as they would if inspected and […]

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IRS to Publish Final Health Insurance Tax Credit Regulations on May 23

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on Wednesday, May 23, is expected to publish in the Federal Register final regulations regarding health insurance tax credits under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the average tax credit, available to individuals and families who fall within 100 […]

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