I2P2 Also Kicked Down the Road to … Oblivion?

Yesterday, we reported that the Department of Labor (DOL) had delayed its long-contemplated and anticipated fiduciary rule to January of next year. In the same revised regulatory agenda, the department also delayed another long-heralded and anticipated program, the injury and illness prevention program (I2P2), seemingly past the time Barack Obama will still be in office. […]

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DOL Kicks the Fiduciary Definition Can Down the Election Road

Pressured by industry fears that its proposed fiduciary rule would limit public access to quality financial advice, the Department of Labor (DOL) has once again delayed its long-gestating redefinition of what constitutes a fiduciary. In its regulatory agenda published May 23 in the Federal Register, the DOL pushed back the definition from this August to […]

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Michigan Joins Growing Ranks of States Raising Their Minimum Wage Rates

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation last night to raise the minimum wage in Michigan over four years to $9.25 an hour, up from the current $7.40 an hour. The new minimum wage will thus be fully in force by 2018, and each year thereafter the rate will be raised either by the rate of inflation […]

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IRS to Penalize Employers Who ‘Pump and Dump’ to Avoid ACA Mandate

In a question-and-answer posted on its website, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) says it will fine employers $100 a day per employee if they pump up their workers' pay with extra cash and then dump them onto the Obamacare exchanges to buy their own health insurance. This "pump and dump" strategy is designed to make […]

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OSHA Launches Campaign to Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched its annual Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers. For the fourth consecutive year, OSHA's campaign aims to raise awareness and educate workers and employers about the dangers of working in hot weather and provide resources and guidance to address these hazards. Workers at particular […]

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Hawaii Raises Minimum Wage to $10.10 an Hour in Steps

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie has signed Senate Bill 2609, raising the state's minimum wage over four years to $10.10 an hour and upping the tip credit over two years. “A hardworking sector of our community has gone seven years without a raise,” Gov. Abercrombie said. “This legislation will raise Hawaii’s minimum wage from $7.25 to […]

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OSHA Chief Finds Way Around 30-Day Whistleblower Statute of Limitation

While hoping to get Congress to increase the 30-day statute of limitation for claims of whistleblower retaliation at work, OSHA administrator David Michaels has commenced a cooperative program with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for concurrent claim filings. Yesterday, the NLRB's general counsel issued a memorandum announcing the new "claim referral program," whereby OSHA […]

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Wage-and-Hour Lawsuits Continue Their Rise

Wage-and-hour lawsuits rose 5 percent year over year during the 12-month period ending March 31, tapping out at 8,126 cases filed. This is the seventh straight yearly rise, with the increase from the year 2000 standing at 438 percent, according to data from the Federal Judicial Review Center. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) lawsuits generally […]

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Court Orders Employer to Pay for Employee’s Medical Marijuana

In an unusual twist for a state that outlaws marijuana use except in specified medical situations, the New Mexico Court of Appeals has ordered a repair shop owner and the shop's workers' compensation insurer to pay for medical marijuana use to treat an employee's work-injury-related chronic back pain. Ben's Automotive Services and Redwood Fire & […]

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EEOC Seeks Public Input on Employing the Disabled

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today that it is inviting public input on potential revisions to the regulations implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a law that governs employment of individuals with disabilities by the federal government. Current Section 501 regulations prohibit employment discrimination based on disability and explain the […]

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