Court Rules That EEOC Does Not Have Unlimited Investigative Powers

A federal district judge in Arizona has ruled that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) does not have the authority to investigate generalized charges of discrimination that are not tied to charges by an aggrieved party. In EEOC v. McLane Company, Inc., Judge G. Murray Snow of the U.S. District Court for the District of […]

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PPACA Back in Court, This Time on the Constitutionality of the Employer Mandate

A lawsuit challenging Obamacare by Liberty University was originally dismissed by the Supreme Court when it issued its historic decision on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in June 2012, but under petition, the court has now mandated the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals to reopen the case and examine the constitutionality of […]

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Supreme Court Considering the Definition of Supervisor

Federal civil rights laws protect employees from harassment and discrimination by their employers and their agents, and "agents" are generally interpreted to mean supervisors. Aggrieved employees and their attorneys have long sought to expand the definition of supervisor beyond someone with the power to hire, fire, demote and discipline to enlarge the pool of those […]

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HHS Moves to Implement Obamacare With New Guidance

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Nov. 20 reaffirmed key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), aiming to ensure that all Americans will be able to get at least minimal health care insurance starting in 2014. The Obama administration yesterday issued: A proposed rule that, beginning in 2014, […]

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EEOC Sets Record for Monetary Recoveries in Fiscal Year 2012

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) finished fiscal year 2012 with record high monetary recoveries for victims of discrimination, as well as a significant decrease in its inventory of pending cases, the agency announced in its Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) released Nov. 16. This is the first performance report compiled under the standards of the […]

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OSHA Seeks to Ensure Black Friday Is Safe for Everyone

On Black Friday 2008, a Wal-Mart worker was trampled to death underneath the onslaught of some 2,000 rabid shoppers as he opened the front door, and since then the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued guidelines to help retailers and other store owners to create a safe environment for workers and shoppers alike. […]

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Deadline for Decision on State Health Insurance Exchanges Extended to Dec. 14

Late yesterday the Obama administration extended today's original deadline for the states to agree to establish their own health insurance exchanges to Dec. 14, effectively giving a group of reluctant and/or wavering governors time to make a decision. Under the terms of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the states have three options […]

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Missouri Minimum Wage to Rise to $7.35 an Hour

Adjusting the rate to inflation, the Missouri Department of Labor announced yesterday that the state minimum wage will rise to $7.35 an hour commencing Jan. 1, 2013. Employers engaged in retail or service businesses whose annual gross income is less than $500,000 are not required to pay the state minimum wage rate. Employers not subject […]

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OSHA Publishes List of Most Heavily Fined Safety Violations

Earlier, we provided a list of the most frequently cited safety violations for FY 2011, and now the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has completed the listings by showing the most heavily fined violations (below), which are quite similar to the violations listed earlier. Fall protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501) [related OSHA Safety and […]

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Vermont to Raise Minimum Wage to $8.60 on Jan. 1

Vermont, one of several states that tie their minimum wage to inflation, is set to raise its minimum hourly rate to $8.60, up from $8.46, on Jan. 1. The inflation rate is calculated for the 12-month period ending Aug. 31 of each year and takes effect at the dawn of the new year. This year's […]

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