Senate Confirms David Weil as WHD Chief

The long-vacant position of administrator of the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL) has been filled by the Senate's confirmation of David Weil. Weil was the principal investigator for a report submitted to the DOL in May 2010 titled "Improving Workplace Conditions through Strategic Enforcement: Report to the Wage and […]

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Sixth Circuit Court Holds That Telecommuting Is ‘Attendance’

In a complete break with previous court decisions regarding telecommuting as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals has not only thrown open the doors of working at home as a reasonable accommodation but also established it as a new mode of "attendance" in the modern, […]

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Obama Orders DHS to Move Alone on Immigration Reform

Failing, so far at least, to persuade Congress to pass his vision of immigration reform, President Obama has ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to “conduct a review of practices” to ensure “we are carrying out these policies in the most humane way possible,” DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson told ABC News this past week […]

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Cover Oregon Expected to Cover No More

The Obamacare website for Oregon is expected to shut down today and defer its future sign-ups to HealthCare.gov, the federal marketplace for health insurance. To date, Cover Oregon has been completely dysfunctional and has not signed up a single person on its site. Maryland and Massachusetts, which experienced similar but not so completely dire problems, […]

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Northwestern Football Players to Vote on Unionization Tomorrow

Football scholarship athletes at Northwestern University go to the ballot box tomorrow to decide whether to recognize a union to bargain in their behalf. The vote follows a ruling by the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that student athletes are employees of the university. If approved by the 76 potential voters […]

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Some 1,000 IRS Employee Tax Cheats Got Bonuses

Some 1,000-plus employees of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) who were arrears on their federal taxes were awarded bonuses totaling more than $1.1 million over a two-year period, according to a report by the Inspector General (IG). The IG said the employees had been disciplined for "substantiated federal tax compliance problems" before receiving the bonuses. […]

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MLB Wins FLSA Lawsuit

A class-action lawsuit against Major League Baseball (MLB), alleging the MLB violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by using unpaid volunteers to run many aspects of its All-Star weekend, has been tossed by the court. In dismissing the case of Chen v. Major League Baseball, et al., the District Court for the Southern District […]

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ACA Triggers Spurt in Consumer Health Care Spending

The Commerce Department reports that consumer spending rose by $20.4 billion in February at an annualized rate adjusted for inflation, with $13 billion of that being spent on health care services spurred by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “There will be a one-time bump in health spending,” Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the […]

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President Proclaims Health Care Debate Closed

With his administration announcing that 8 million had signed up for insurance on the health care marketplaces, President Obama proclaimed the debate over repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) over and down with. The administration's figure of 8 million was further bolstered by estimates from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Gallup organization that a […]

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Three Reasons to Start a Wellness Program at Work

All employers want their employees to be healthy and ready for work, so encouraging employees to undergo annual physicals, quit smoking, or exercise more makes sense for many employers. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has created new incentives for wellness programs that benefit both employers and their employees. Wellness programs are growing increasingly popular among […]

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