CMS to Seek Public Input on Obamacare Fine-Tuning

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is publishing a 254-page packet of draft regulations in the Federal Register on Monday, with public commentary due no later than 30 days thereafter on the Obamacare issues it addresses. The omnibus package deals with Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provisions, including risk-management program fees, […]

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SeaTac $15 Minimum Wage Wins on Ballots, But Recount Possible

Both sides foresaw a potential recount of balloting for SeaTac Proposition 1, which would raise the small city's airport-related hospitality and transportation workers' salaries to a minimum of $15 an hour. On Monday after three weeks of counting votes, the proposition was leading by 76 votes, and King County officials were expected to certify the […]

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DOL Launches Online Work-Sharing Resource

The Department of Labor has launched a new online resource that provides guidance and information to states interested in developing or improving short-time compensation programs, also known as work-sharing. The STC program is designed to avert employee layoffs for businesses faced with a temporary slowdown in business activity. The online resources, which will be available […]

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White Hat Hacker Says HealthCare.gov Completely Insecure

A professional Internet security expert, aka a "white hat hacker," claims that it will take a year to fix the security flaws in the federal Obamacare website. David Kennedy, chief executive of TrustedSec, testified about the flaws in HealthCare.gov before Congress last week, and this morning appeared on CNBC to convey the same message. "When […]

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CMS Follows California in Extending Obamacare Deadline to Dec. 23

A day after Covered California extended the sign-up deadline for Obamacare health policies starting on Jan, 1, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has opted to follow suit, giving consumers nationwide another eight days for enrolling on HealthCare.gov. The new deadline for policies commencing on New Year's Day is Dec. 23, up from Dec. 15, […]

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HHS Delays Enrollment Period for Year Two of Obamacare

Health and Human Services (HHS) plans to delay the start of the second year of Obamacare enrollment by one month to allow insurers more time to set rates after assessing their plan experiences during 2014, a department official informed Bloomberg Business News Thursday night. Translated, this means that instead of an Oct. 15-Dec. 7, 2014, […]

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DOL Revises Rules to Reduce Burden on Businesses

The Department of Labor (DOL) today announced four rules designed to reduce unnecessary burdens on employers by updating or rescinding obsolete regulations and requirements. A rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updates and streamlines the standards for the use of mechanical power presses while the remaining three rules from the Employment and […]

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WHD and N.Y. Agencies Vow to Fight Misclassification of Employees

Officials of the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD), the New York State Labor Department and New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman's office have signed memoranda of understanding to protect the rights of employees by preventing their misclassification as independent contractors or other nonemployee statuses. The memoranda of understanding represent a […]

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E-Verify Adds SSN Fraud Detection Feature

E-Verify added an enhancement that will help identify and deter fraudulent use of Social Security numbers (SSNs) for employment eligibility verification.  E-Verify is now able to detect patterns that indicate an SSN may have been used fraudulently.  The enhancement strengthens the integrity of the E-Verify program by implementing standards that have proven effective in protecting […]

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OSHA Issues Black Friday Guidance to Avoid Injuries

In advance of the holiday season, the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is encouraging retail employers to take precautions to prevent workplace injuries during major sales events, including Black Friday. This year marks the fifth year anniversary of the death of a worker killed upon opening a large store for a […]

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