Pennsylvania Becomes 27th State to Expand Medicaid

Pennsylvania, where Gov. Tom Corbett has long sought changes in how the federal health care system is run, has finally agreed to expand its Medicaid coverage under terms of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but will let private insurers run the program for the state with 100 percent federal funding. Pennsylvania thus becomes the 27th […]

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NLRB Rules a Facebook ‘Like’ Is Protected, Concerted Activity

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently ruled that a Facebook discussion on an employer's tax withholding calculations and an employee's "like" of the discussion constituted "protected, concerted activity" under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). When employees at Triple Play Sports Bar and Grille in Connecticut discovered that they owed more in state taxes […]

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EEOC and Mexico to Sign Memorandum of Understanding

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will sign a national Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Mexican States on Friday, Aug. 29,\ at EEOC headquarters in Washington D.C.   The MOU is designed to further strengthen collaborative efforts to provide immigrant, migrant and otherwise vulnerable Mexican workers and […]

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OSHA, NIOSH Release Recommendations on Temporary Worker Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) today released a publication called Recommended Practices for use by staffing agencies and host employers to better protect temporary workers from hazards on the job. OSHA chief David Michaels announced the publication during his speech at the Voluntary […]

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EEOC Weighs in On Religious Garb and Grooming at Work

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, recently issued explicit guidance on "Religious Garb and Grooming in the Workplace: Rights and Responsibilities." The bottom line is that employers must respect and accommodate religious garb and grooming in their places of business unless they can prove […]

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Connecticut Obamacare Chief Named New Czar of HealthCare.Gov

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has named the head of Connecticut's Obamacare program to run HealthCare.gov for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Kevin Counihan will join CMS officially as Marketplace Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  In addition, Lori Lodes has been named the new Director of Communications for CMS. In […]

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HHS Announces Interim Final Rule on Obamacare Contraceptive Services Mandate

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), saying it was taking "several steps to help ensure women, whose coverage is threatened, receive coverage for recommended contraceptive services at no additional cost, as they should be entitled to under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)," has issued an Interim Final Rule on the subject of religious […]

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HHS Eyes Compromise on Contraceptive Mandate in Obamacare

According to today's Wall Street Journal, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is working on a new rule on the contraceptive mandate in Obamacare that will allow non-profits to object to the mandate but let the insurance provider pay for it anyway. In other words, non-profits will be allowed to say "no" to […]

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Orion Energy: Cautionary Tale About Wellness Programs

Manitowoc, Wis.-based Orion Energy Systems violated federal law by requiring an employee to submit to medical exams and inquiries that were not job-related and consistent with business necessity as part of a so-called "wellness program," which was not voluntary, and then by firing the employee when she objected to the program, the Equal Employment Opportunity […]

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MSHA Announces $8 Million in Mine Safety and Health Grants

The Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced today that it has allocated $8,348,423 in health and safety training grants for 47 states and the Navajo Nation in fiscal year 2014. Grantees will use the funds to provide federally mandated training to miners. The grants cover training and retraining of miners working […]

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