North Carolina Cuts Unemployment Benefits Today, Loses Federal Supplement

A North Carolina law going into effect today cuts statewide unemployment benefits for new applicants immediately and thus jettisons the federal supplement that continues those benefits once the state portion expires. The federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program is lost once a state cuts its benefits, but North Carolina chose to go that route — […]

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HHS Issues Final Rule on Religious Organizations’ Exemption from Obamacare Mandate

Today, the Obama administration issued final rules that balance the goal of providing women with coverage for recommended preventive care – including contraceptive services prescribed by a health care provider with no cost-sharing – with the goal of respecting the concerns of non-profit religious organizations that object to contraceptive coverage, according to a press release issued by […]

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CMS Issues Final Rule on Who Can Opt Out of Obamacare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday published a final rule on who qualifies to opt out of the so-called individual mandate to buy health insurance or pay a fine under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The biggest category is simply those who cannot afford it and who would thus qualify for government […]

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Nation Celebrates 75th Anniversary of the FLSA

On this day 75 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the landmark Wagner Act, which has survived the ages as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). To this day, the FLSA regulates the minimum wage, overtime page, child labor and many other wage-and-hour issues that, prior to the 1938 statute's enactment, were […]

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SCOTUS Makes Discrimination, Retaliation Lawsuits a Bit Tougher

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued two rulings that led Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to beg Congress to overturn with written legislation. In one case, a 5-4 decision ruled that retaliation claims must be won on a "but-for" basis, and in another case, the same 5-4 majority established that discrimination must originate from a […]

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Nevada Bans Employer Social Media Password Access

Nevada has become the 11th state to ban employers from seeking access to applicants' and employees' social media passwords with legislation that goes into effect this coming Oct. 1. The law creates exceptions when employers view applicants' or employees' publicly viewable content and when a coworker voluntarily submits social media content (the snitch exemption?). The […]

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Oregon Law Adds Discrimination Protection for Interns

Oregon has passed legislation that extends discrimination protection to unpaid interns, putting them on the same legal page as regular employees but without creating an employment relationship. Under the new law, unpaid interns are protected from discrimination and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, age (protected […]

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Supreme Court Finally Agrees to Hear White House Recess Appointments Appeal

The Supreme Court today agreed to take up the issue of whether appointments made by President Obama on Jan. 4, 2012, to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) were legally done under the Constitution's recess-appointment clause. Earlier this year, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the appointments were […]

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HHS Redesigns, Relaunches Consumer, Small Business Health Care Site

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today kicked off its Health Insurance Marketplace education effort with a new, consumer-focused HealthCare.gov website and a 24-hours-a-day consumer call center to help Americans prepare for open enrollment and ultimately sign up for private health insurance.  The new tools will help Americans understand their choices and select […]

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EEOC Issues Final Rule on Freedom of Information Act

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a Final Rule revising certain provisions of its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations. EEOC's revised FOIA regulations, 29 CFR Part 1610 ("Availability of Records"), incorporate provisions of the Openness Promotes Effectiveness in Our National Government Act of 2007 (OPEN Government Act), and the Electronic FOIA Act […]

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