DOL Extends Commentary Period on Contractor Reporting Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a 60-day extension of the comment period for its proposed rule requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to submit an annual Equal Pay Report on employee compensation to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs *OFCCP). Under the terms of the proposal, this requirement would apply to companies that […]

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USCIS National Records Center Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Who knew this 300,000-square-foot underground facility ever existed, but word comes from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) that its National Records Center is turning 15 years old. Located in Lee’s Summit, Mo., the center houses 20 million files on documented immigrants, each file one to six inches thick. Some 500 full-time employees and contract […]

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Harvest Time Sees WHD Investigators Rooting Out Violations

The fall harvest season has always been a time for celebration when communities across the country honor the fruits of farm labor. While we enjoy things like fresh cider and pumpkin pie, it’s important to remember that all of that is made possible thanks to agricultural workers who labor through long and often hot days […]

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NLRB, Philippines Sign MOU to Help Filipino Workers in the U.S.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) designed to strengthen their collaborative efforts to provide Filipino workers, their employers, and Filipino business owners in the United States with information, guidance, and access to education regarding their rights […]

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Suit Against NCAA Claims Student Athletes Are Covered Under the FLSA

A former college athlete is suing the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and a slew of Division 1 colleges and universities, alleging that student athletes should be covered by the wage and hour provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the law which regulates minimum wages and overtime. The suit maintains that the NCAA […]

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OSHA Releases Ebola Advisory on Employer and Employee Obligations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently released an advisory on “possible worker exposure to the Ebola virus,” detailing both employer and employee obligations. The advisory notes: Exposure to the virus or someone with Ebola may be more likely in certain sectors, including the healthcare, mortuary/death care, and airline servicing industries. Workers who interact […]

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IRS Ups Contribution Limits for Employee Pension Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today announced it was granting cost-of-living adjustments for employee pension plans for tax year 2015. As a result, the cap was raised to $18,000 from $17,500 a year for those participating in 401(k), 403(b) and 457 plans. At the same time, the catch-up contribution limit for employees aged 50 and […]

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HHS Launches $840M Initiative to Lower Health Costs Through System Redesign

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced an initiative that will fund successful applicants who work directly with medical providers to rethink and redesign their practices, moving from systems driven by quantity of care to ones focused on patients’ health outcomes, and coordinated health care systems. These applicants could include group practices, […]

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IRS Releases Compliance Information for ACA Shared Responsibility

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has unveiled tentative reporting forms to be used by affected large employers who must begin offering health insurance to their employees beginning Jan. 1 or pay a penalty to the IRS. Those companies with 100 or more employers will be subject to the shared responsibility provision of the Affordable Care Act […]

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CDC Updates Health Care Workers’ Ebola Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  is tightening previous infection control guidance for health care workers caring for patients with Ebola, to ensure there is no ambiguity. The guidance focuses on specific personal protective equipment (PPE) health care workers should use and offers detailed step-by-step instructions for how to put the equipment on […]

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