E-Verify Connection Online Newsletter Focuses on Revised I-9

E-Verify Connection, an online newsletter sponsored by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), came out today with a special edition focused solely on the revised Form I-9, which must be used for employee eligibility verification beginning this May 7. The newsletter contains several useful links, plus an invitation to a webinar. E-Verify is […]

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DOL Launches Online Business Center

The Department of Labor has launched an online Business Center, a suite of resources for employers looking to recruit, train and retain a skilled work force through the department's CareerOneStop website. The site includes tips about how to recruit qualified candidates through local American Job Centers and provides employment projections. Additionally, the site offers access […]

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HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule Takes Effect Today

The HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule takes effect today, March 26, but the compliance date for its new standards and provisions is not until Sept. 23, 2013. The rule sets forth breach notification standards and penalties; folds the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) into the HIPAA Privacy Rule; extends liability for the HIPAA Security Rule to […]

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DOL Again Targeting Southern California Restaurants

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has already recovered some $2.5 million from Los Angeles-area restaurants in back wages, generally unpaid overtime, but recently announced that it was commencing another round of overtime and misclassification audits in the area. In a newsletter article, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the DOL announced recently that […]

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At Least 31 States Eyeing Password, Social Media Protection Acts

While Hawaii is poised to become the next state to outlaw employer requests for passwords and social media access from employees and job applicants, another 30 states have at least introduced similar legislation. When Hawaii enacts its legislation, it will join six other states that have already passed password protection laws — California, Illinois, Michigan, […]

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EEOC Sets Up Twitter Account in Spanish, Also Establishes a YouTube Channel

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has launched a Twitter account for Spanish speakers to follow news and information about the EEOC, the agency announced. Members of the public and media can now follow @EEOCespañol on Twitter for information on the laws enforced by the EEOC, the charge handling process, outreach and educational programs in […]

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New York City Law Prohibits Discrimination Against the Unemployed

Starting this June 11, a new law in New York City will prohibit employers from discriminating in hiring practices against the unemployed, which the law defines as individuals "not having a job, being available for work, and seeking employment." The New York City Commission on Human Rights has been charged with fielding complaints and reports […]

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Thomas Perez Nominated for Labor Secretary Opening

Thomas Perez, a Harvard-educated attorney now serving in the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department, has been nominated to fill Hilda Solis's vacated post as Secretary of Labor. Perez is a first generation Dominican-American who would become the only Latin member of the Obama administration's second-term cabinet. If confirmed by the Senate, he is […]

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Portland Enacts Paid Sick Leave Law

Starting Jan. 1, 2014, all employees in Portland, Ore., will be entitled to as many as 40 hours a year of sick leave, either paid or unpaid depending on the size of the company. Companies with six or more employees must provide paid leave; smaller companies must provide unpaid leave. Employees in the city who […]

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HIPAA Compliance Audit Program on Temporary Hold

In 2012, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) conducted 115 audits of companies' compliance with the security and privacy rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), but the program is being delayed while companies adapt to the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule, which takes […]

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