Nearly 1 Million Gain Health Insurance Through Special Enrollment Periods

The next open enrollment period for Marketplace coverage begins on Nov. 1, 2015, for coverage starting on Jan. 1, 2016. Some people can sign up for health coverage outside of open enrollment, before Nov. 1, because they qualify for a special enrollment period (SEP). A consumer can qualify for a SEP for such circumstances as […]

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NLRB Says Host Firms Responsible for Contract Workers

The growing practice of hiring contract workers from third-party staffing agencies instead of full-time employees took a hit yesterday when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled 3-to-2 that such firms are nonetheless responsible for labor violations involving those workers. The ruling came in the case of Browning-Ferris Industries, a Houston-based waste management company that used […]

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EEOC Mails Out the 2015 EEO-1 Survey

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has completed its mailing of the 2015 EEO-1 survey notification letters, the federal agency announced Wednesday. The EEO-1 is an annual survey required to be filed by all private employers with 100 or more employees and federal government contractors or first-tier subcontractors with 50 or more employees and a […]

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DOL Wins Misclassification Settlement, Judgment for a Total of $8 Million in Back Pay

National Consolidated Couriers Inc., based in San Leandro, Calif., but with clients across the country, has agreed to a court judgment requiring it to pay $5 million in back wages and damages to more than 600 drivers it misclassified as independent contractors, having cheated them out of minimum wage and overtime pay. The judgment reveals […]

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OSHA Issues New Policies on Whistleblower Dispute Resolution

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued updated “policies and procedures* for applying a new process for resolving whistleblower disputes. The new process is an early resolution process that is to be used as part of a regional Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program. The ADR program offers whistleblower parties the opportunity to negotiate a […]

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HHS, CDC Launch ‘Million Hearts’ Hypertension Challenge

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last week launched an annual challenge designed to identify and honor clinicians and health care teams that have helped their patients control high blood pressure and prevent heart attacks and strokes. The Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge recognizes exemplary public and private practices and providers that achieve […]

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D.C. Circuit Court Restores DOL Home Health Care Worker Rule

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, long a nemesis of the Obama Administration, on Friday reversed a federal judge’s ruling that the Department of Labor (DOL) had overstepped its authority by extending minimum wage and overtime provisions to home health care workers. As a result, the rule is now in effect and will in turn […]

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Washington Supreme Court Restores SeaTac’s $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage

Voter-approved Proposition 1, which provides for a $15-an-hour minimum wage along with paid sick leave for hospitality and transportation workers in the Washington State community of SeaTac, has been revived by the state Supreme Court in a 5-to-4 vote. After voters approved the measure two years ago, a King County judge ruled that the city of […]

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OSHA Introduces State-by-State Enforcement Summary

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a web-based map page showing all enforcement cases with initial penalties totaling $40,000 or more. Cases are listed beginning with January 2015 enforcement and are updated weekly. By clicking on the state’s abbreviation, visitors can access detailed enforcement information for that state. Access Top Cases Map.

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NLRB Reverses Course on College Football Player Unionization

In a unanimous decision, the National Labor Board (NLRB) today declined to assert jurisdiction in the case involving Northwestern University football players who receive grant-in-aid scholarships. The board did not determine if the players were statutory employees under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Instead, the Board exercised its discretion not to assert jurisdiction and […]

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