Obama Plan More Than Doubles Overtime Exemption Qualification

President Obama last night unveiled his long-awaited proposed overtime exemption rule, enabling those who earn up to $970 a week, or $50,440 a year, to be eligible for time-and-a-half when working more than 40 hours in a week. The current minimum salary exemption (free from overtime) is $455 a week, or $23,660 a year. “Right now,” […]

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SCOTUS Upholds Same-Sex Marriage Under the 14th Amendment

The Supreme Court has just issued a historic ruling upholding same-sex marriages in all states under the guarantees of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Judge Anthony Kennedy, who has long been a champion of marriage for all, wrote the opinion in the 5-4 ruling. Chief Justice John Roberts, who yesterday was in vocal […]

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SCOTUS Upholds Obamacare Subsidies

The Supreme Court has handed President Obama a second victory in his signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), ruling that premium subsidies should be available to both federal and state health insurance enrollees despite ACA language saying subsidies would be available only on exchanges “established by the state.” “Congress passed the Affordable Care […]

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Ikea Follows One Minimum Wage Hike with Another for Next Year

A minimum wage hike in January brought the wage floor at Ikea’s U.S. stores to at least $10 an hour, and now with another hike announced for next January, the floor is set to rise to almost $12 an hour. Currently, Ikea U.S. is using the MIT Living Wage Calculator to determine wage floors in each […]

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EEOC Has Preventing Workplace Retaliation in Its Sights

Addressing retaliation is good for businesses and for workers, a panel of experts told the commissioners of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) during a meeting held recently. “Effective strategies, such as customized training and timely intervention, are critical to prevent and correct workplace retaliation,” said EEOC Chair Jenny R. Yang. “Such efforts benefit workers […]

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NLRB and Columbian Minister Sign Memorandum of Understanding

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Colombia have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) designed to promote awareness among Colombian workers, their employers and business owners of their rights and responsibilities under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The NLRA covers most private sector workers and […]

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Medicare Fraud Sweep Bags 243 on Charges of $712 Million in False Billing

A nationwide sweep led by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force in 17 districts has resulted in charges against 243 individuals, including 46 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in Medicare fraud schemes involving approximately $712 million in false billings. In addition, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) also […]

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HHS Fattens Pot for Health Insurers

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced yesterday that it was “pleased” to up its reimbursements to insurance companies to 100 percent for individual health claim costs that fall between $45,000 and $250,000. The original contribution level under the reinsurance provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was 80 percent. The move is […]

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Three States to Join the Obamacare Marketplace Network

After some high-profile state defections, the ranks of states hosting their own Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplaces will grow with the addition of Arkansas, Delaware and Pennsylvania, whose applications were recently approved by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Delaware and Pennsylvania have been okayed to commence online operations for both […]

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The Friendly Skies Just Got Punctured for $1 Million for Disability Policy

In a case that garnered nationwide attention, air transportation giant United Airlines Inc. (UAL) has agreed to pay more than $1 million and implement changes to settle a federal disability lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency has announced. The EEOC’s lawsuit charged that United’s competitive transfer policy violated the Americans […]

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