Congress Looks to End Obamacare’s Cadillac Tax

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says to axe it, and efforts in both Houses of Congress are gaining steam to do just that: end the so-called Cadillac Tax that’s set to take effect in 2018 as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The 40-percent tax on individual health plans that cost $10,200 or more a […]

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OSHA Publishes 10 Top Violations List for FY 2015

Today the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2015. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the Top 10 on the Expo floor as part of the 2015 NSC Congress & Expo, the world’s largest gathering of […]

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Contraceptive Mandate Could Land Before Supreme Court

The birth control mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court following contradictory rulings by several U.S. circuit courts. This past week a three-member panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that, as written and implemented, the mandate violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and […]

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Seattle Franchisees Lose Again in Minimum Wage Battle

The International Franchise Association, suing on behalf of franchisees in Seattle, has once again been rebuffed in its legal battle over the city’s new minimum wage law. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this past week upheld the local U.S. District Court’s ruling that the Emerald City’s new $15-an-hour minimum wage law is correct in lumping […]

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Getting More Uninsured into Obamacare a ‘Bigger Challenge’ This Year

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell told a group of medical students yesterday that getting those who are still uninsured to sign up during the next open enrollment period is going to be a “bigger challenge.” Speaking at the Howard University College of Medicine, Burwell said, “But while our goals may be […]

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OSHA Extends Comment Period on Injury and Illness Reporting

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it is extending the deadline for submitting comments on its proposed rule that seeks to clarify that employers have a continuing obligation to make and maintain an accurate record of each recordable injury and illness. The comment due date has been extended to Oct. 28, 2015. OSHA issued this proposed […]

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California Protects NFL Cheerleaders’ Wage and Overtime Rights

The San Diego Chargers of the National Football League (NFL) reportedly pay their cheerleaders $75 per game and nothing for rehearsal time, but that will stop in January when a new California law will force teams to adhere to state and federal labor laws regarding minimum wage and overtime. Already, four teams have lost court […]

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OSHA Revises Its Fire Safety Manual for Buildings

Firefighting is urgent and stressful work, and decisions are often made without vital information on the hazards that exist. To better protect emergency responders in these situations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revised its manual, “Fire Service Features of Buildings and Fire Protection Systems.” The revised manual explains how fire personnel can […]

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Fitbit Embraces HIPAA Compliance

Fitbit Wellness, a turnkey software wellness program for businesses, is now compliant with the security and privacy rules of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a step the company hopes will attract more businesses to use the company’s software and wrist devices. HIPAA compliance will allow the company to market Fitbit Wellness to […]

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HHS and AstraZeneca Partner to Develop Drugs to Fight Bioterrorism

Multiple drugs to combat bioterrorism threats and other life-threatening bacterial infections will be developed under a public-private partnership agreement between the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), its Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), and AstraZeneca, a global biopharmaceutical company. The partnership agreement with AstraZeneca uses Other Transaction Authority granted […]

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