DOJ Won’t Appeal Immigration Plan Injunction to Supreme Court

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has vowed to stay the course in fighting a federal judge’s injunction against President Obama’s November 2014 immigration executive orders, which would award up to 5 million undocumented immigrants a safe haven from deportation and, for many of them, legal work permits, if implemented. DOJ officials said Wednesday that they would […]

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DOL Issues Revised FMLA Forms with New GINA Rider

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor (DOL) recently made updates to its Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) notice and medical certification forms, which now carry an expiration date of May 31, 2018. An additional update with these forms is the GINA (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act) Disclaimer or Instruction for Employers, […]

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DOL Issues Proposed Rule on Federal Contractor ‘Fair Pay’ and Play

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued proposed guidance to assist contracting agencies and the contracting community in applying the requirements of President Obama’s July 31, 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, including evaluating the severity of labor violations. The Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council (FAR Council) is also issuing proposed regulations integrating the […]

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Circuit Court Upholds Stay on Obama Immigration Plan

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has upheld a legal stay placed on President Obama’s executive immigration orders while a lawsuit brought by 26 states continues in federal court. The 2-1 vote by a panel of the court leaves in place the February injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen […]

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Health Care Costs Rise for PPOs, While Fewer Are in Medical Debt

Despite the launch of the federally subsidized health care marketplaces in late 2013, almost 20 percent of Americans are in debt they can’t afford for their medical care, according to a recent survey. Meanwhile, another survey shows that employer-sponsored PPO (preferred provider organization) health plans have risen 6.3 percent in cost since Obamacare launched officially at […]

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Phase 2 of HIPAA Audits Begins With Preliminary Surveys

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), charged with enforcing the privacy, security and breach provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), has confirmed it has dispatched preliminary audit surveys to covered entities. The surveys, which serve as the opening volley in Phase 2 […]

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In Third Year of Obamacare, Insurers Seek Big Hike in Premiums

Though proposed health insurance premium increases are subject to state and federal review, the third year of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) looks to be one in which insurers seek to recoup the money needed to cover the newly enrolled sick and elderly. In a survey of public filings by health insurers, the […]

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Los Angeles Joins Other Big Cities in Raising Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

The Los Angeles City Council has voted with a lone naysayer to raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 an hour in 2020, joining other major cities like San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Seattle and New York City. Like the other municipalities, Los Angeles will raise its minimum wage in steps, going up to $10.50 […]

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SCOTUS Shifts 401(k) Oversight Burden to Employers

A unanimous Supreme Court has ruled that employers can be sued by employees if the 401(k) company retirement plans they sponsor are shown to have charged excessive fees. The ruling affirms that employers have a “continuing duty to monitor” 401(k) accounts for fees and other possible financial overages. The ruling stems from a 2007 employee […]

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EEOC Announces Digital Portal for Employers

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that 11 of its 53 offices will begin a pilot program called ACT Digital to digitally transmit documents between the EEOC and employers regarding discrimination charges. This is the first step in the EEOC’s move toward an online charge system that will streamline the submission of documents, […]

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