HealthCare.gov Site Goes Down on Last Day of Sign-Ups

On the last official day to sign up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces, the main federal site — HealthCare.gov — went down for four hours, directing visitors to a virtual waiting room or just alerting them that the site was offline for "maintenance." Normally, maintenance on the site is done […]

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Connecticut Minimum Wage to Rise to $10.10 an Hour in 2017

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed into law a bill raising the state's minimum wage to the highest for any state in the nation, $10.10 an hour. The new rate will phase in, rising from the current $8.70 an hour to $9.15 on Jan. 1, 2015, then to $9.60 on Jan. 1, 2016, and […]

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Obama Claims Obamacare Sign-Ups Have Reached 6 Million

In a transatlantic conference call with supporters, health care navigators and volunteers, President Obama today claimed sign-ups under the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) have already reached 6 million even before the official deadline of March 31. (Navigators are paid to help people enroll in Health Insurance Marketplace policies.) During the call, President Obama […]

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NLRB Chicago Office Issues Landscape-Changing College Player Decision

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), in a regional decision springing from efforts of student athletes at Northwestern University, has ruled that amateur college players have the right to unionize. Peter Sung Ohr, regional NLRB director in Chicago, wrote: "I find that players receiving scholarships from the Employer [Northwestern University] are 'employees' under Section 2(3) of the […]

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Check a Box and Get an Obamacare Sign-Up Extension

As the Washington Post first reported, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is creating a checkbox on the HealthCare.gov website to allow persons to indicate they tried to enroll before the March 31 sign-up deadline but were unable to finish, thus gaining an extension of unannounced length if they ask for one by […]

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OFCCP Rules for Hiring Veterans and the Disabled Now in Effect

Two final rules from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) are now in effect, in essence establishing quotas for the hiring of veterans and the disabled by federal contractors and subcontractors. One rule updates requirements under the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; the other updates those under Section 503 of […]

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States Add Wiggle Room to Obamacare Sign-Up Deadline

Some states are already gaming the Obamacare enrollment deadline by announcing that those who start the sign-up process by the official deadline of March 31 can have extra time to complete their applications. Maryland, Nevada and Minnesota have already announced the wiggle room. Minnesota officials also said that so long as the late-signers have coverage […]

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OSHA Announces National Stand-Down for Fall Prevention

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a national safety stand-down from June 2 to 6 to raise awareness among employers and workers about the hazards of falls, which account for the highest number of deaths in the construction industry. "Falls account for more than a third of all deaths in this industry," […]

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Sibelius Finds Loophole to Extend Obamacare Open Enrollment Period

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sibelius is eyeing special enrollment periods, or SEPs, to extend the Obamacare health care sign-up deadline past March 31, citing technological problems that prevented many from signing up. In recent testimony to Congress, she "made it clear that if, through no fault of their own, [consumers] were unable […]

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EEOC Raises Fines for Non-Posting of Title VII, ADA and GINA Posters

Effective April 18, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is raising its fine for non-posting of notices regarding the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Title VII protections, provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and provisions of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) from $110 per instance to $210. In other words, if […]

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