EEOC Issues 2015 Performance Report

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) achieved record results in its enforcement efforts during fiscal year 2015, which ended Sept. 30, the agency reported in its annual Performance and Accountability Report published recently. “In this 50th anniversary year of the Commission, we recognize the progress we have made and the challenges we have ahead,” said […]

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DOL Releases Fall 2015 Regulatory Agenda

On Nov. 20, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its Fall 2015 Regulatory Agenda, giving anticipated implementation dates for some rules that have been in their final stages for quite some time. For instance, its Slips, Trips and Falls Final Rule is listed as being implemented in April 2016, and its controversial rule to raise the […]

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Administration Asks SCOTUS for Immediate Relief on Immigration

Facing somewhat long odds, the Obama administration on Friday asked the Supreme Court for an immediate stay on a federal district court injunction against its immigration executive orders that would free up nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation and also grant many of them work permits. The most notable of these executive actions are two […]

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Obamacare Risk Corridors Program to the Rescue?

As part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Congress included a provision called the “risk corridors program” that collects money from insurance companies making money and then distributes it to companies losing money. The program is set to run through 2016, but with a severe limitation. Congress in 2014 passed, and the president signed, a […]

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UnitedHealth May Drop Out of Obamacare Marketplaces

UnitedHealth, the industry’s largest insurer, is eyeing lessened or no participation in the Obamacare marketplaces in 2017 and is already cutting back participation during this year’s open enrollment, citing high costs and low participation. “We cannot sustain these losses,” Chief Executive Stephen Hemsley said Thursday. “We can’t really subsidize a marketplace that doesn’t appear at […]

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OSHA Seeks Comments on Its Safety and Health Program Guidelines

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is seeking public comment on an updated version of its voluntary Safety and Health Program Management Guidelines. First published in 1989, the guidelines are being updated to reflect modern technology and practices. These guidelines are intended to help employers establish health and safety management plans […]

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DOL Releases Guidance on State-Run IRA-Like Retirement Plans

Nearly 70 million workers lack access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan. Many states are seeking ways to expand savings options for these workers. It is against this backdrop that the Department of Labor (DOL) has published a notice of proposed rulemaking and an interpretive bulletin meant to guide states as they create programs that help […]

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New Overtime Rule Delayed Until ‘Late 2016’

The Obama administration’s plan to thrust millions of salaried workers into the non-exempt status that entitles them to overtime pay has been delayed until late 2016, according to Solicitor of Labor Patricia Smith. Speaking at the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Conference in Philadelphia this week, Smith elicited gasps from the audience when she […]

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N.Y. State Workers to Get $15 an Hour in Stages

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, using executive fiat, has set in motion a plan to raise the minimum wage for all state workers to $15 an hour by no later than 2021. Once implemented, the minimum wage will affect some 10,000 workers statewide, about 6.5 percent of the entire New York work force. According to […]

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OSHA Seeks Comments on Whistleblower Guidance

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is seeking comments on a draft document intended to help employers develop a program to protect employees from retaliation when they raise concerns about workplace conditions or activities that could harm workers or members of the public. Protecting Whistleblowers: Recommended Practices for Employers for Preventing and Addressing Retaliation […]

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