Michigan Supreme Court Grants Freedom from Agency Fees

The Michigan Supreme Court, in reviewing a suit against the state’s recent right-to-work law, which frees employees from having to join unions and pay full union dues, ruled 4-3 this week that public employee unions cannot collect agency fees either. The ruling not only affirms Michigan as a right-to-work state but also frees employees who […]

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OSHA Issues NPRM on ‘Ongoing Obligation’ to Keep Records

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend its recordkeeping regulations to clarify that businesses have an “ongoing obligation” to maintain records on injuries and illnesses at work. The proposed amendment is in response to a court ruling that set the statute of limitations on recordkeeping violations […]

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Study Touts Success of Obamacare

Using results from the 2012-2015 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index (a daily national telephone survey of 507,055 adults aged 18-64), Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) analysts reported today that Obamacare has decreased the medically uninsured by 7.9 percent and  achieved significant improvement in access to health care and medications. The study, “Changes in Self-reported Insurance Coverage, […]

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OSHA Grants 60-Day Window on Enforcement of Confined Spaces Standard

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will grant a two-month window for training when its new standard on confined spaces in construction goes into effect next Monday, Aug. 3. Full enforcement will then commence on Friday, Oct. 2. In attention to training employees on the new standard, companies are being urged to use the […]

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EEOC, DOJ Celebrate 25th Anniversary of ADA

Today, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) jointly with the Department of Justice (DOJ) at an event at DOJ headquarters. During the event, the two agencies will announce a memorandum of understanding (MOU) designed to strengthen EEOC and DOJ’s Civil Rights Division’s enforcement […]

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New York Fast Food Workers to Get $15 an Hour

The New York Wage Board moved Wednesday to raise the hour wage for fast food workers from $8.75 an hour to $15, which would take effect in New York City on Dec. 31, 2018, and for the rest of the state by mid-2021. The board’s move does not require legislative approval, but will need a […]

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OSHA Issues Enforcement Instructions for Revised HazCom Standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a directive for enforcement of the new Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom), which went into effect on June 1. HazCom was revised in March 2012 (officially dubbed HCS 2012) to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), and manufacturers, importers and […]

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Minor Leaguers Press Overtime Lawsuit Against MLB

Various Major League Baseball (MLB) franchises in the past have avoided paying minimum and overtime wages by relying on the “seasonal amusement” exemption in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), but this time a federal court in California has allowed class certification to begin for a group of former minor league players who filed suit. The 22 […]

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EEOC Ruling Affirms LGBT Discrimination Protection Under Title VII

A ruling this week by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) involving an employee of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) seeks to enshrine protected status for sexual orientation in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Though the Civil Rights Act does not specifically mention sexual orientation, the EEOC ruling declares: “Sexual orientation is […]

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ADA Service Animal Regulations Updated

This week service animal regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) were updated regarding dogs being placed in shopping carts, which is no longer permitted. The FAQs, in answering whether service dogs can be placed in shopping carts, reads: Generally, the dog must stay on the floor, or the person must carry the dog.  For […]

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