FTC Upgrades IdentityTheft.gov Website

For the first time, identity theft victims can now go online and get a free, personalized identity theft recovery plan as a result of significant enhancements to the IdentityTheft.gov website of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) . The new one-stop website is integrated with the FTC’s consumer complaint system, allowing consumers who are victims of […]

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HIPAA Audits Resume

If this past December were any indication, then the HIPAA Privacy Rule audits commencing this year could snare covered entities and their business associates big time. At the end of 2015, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued some $5 million in fines for HIPAA violations to just three firms, one a small stand-alone pharmacy. […]

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FLSA Lawsuits Break Record in 2015

According to the Federal Judicial Center, lawsuits arising from violations of the wage and hour provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) totaled 8,781 in the fiscal year ending this past Sept. 30. That was up from 8,160 in FY 2014, a 7.6 percent increase. Legal observers expect the total to keep rising this […]

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EEOC Proposes Adding Pay Data to EEO-1 Report

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today made public a proposed revision to the Employer Information Report (EEO-1) to include collecting pay data from employers, including federal contractors, with more than 100 employees. This new data will assist the agency in identifying possible pay discrimination and assist employers in promoting equal pay in their workplaces, […]

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Seattle Franchise Owners Seek SCOTUS Help on $15 Minimum Wage

The International Franchise Association (IFA) yesterday appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a federal court ruling that let stand a city minimum-wage provision lumping franchise owners in with their national franchisers. As a result of that provision, Seattle franchisees are on the hook to raise their minimum wage to $15 an hour faster than companies […]

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WHD Administrator Issues Joint Employer Interpretation

Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Administrator David Weil yesterday issued guidance on joint employers that will allow more employees to fall under the protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), advising: “When two or more employers jointly employ an employee, the employee’s hours worked for all of the joint employers during the workweek are aggregated and […]

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WARN Saga Involving Republic Windows Comes to a Slow Resolution

Republic Windows and Doors, located in Goose Island, Ill., abruptly shuttered its manufacturing facility in 2008, declared bankruptcy and relocated to Iowa using another name. Workers were let go with no notice, violating the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. The union notified the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which sought redress of grievances in terms […]

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UnitedHealth, Humana Bleed Red for Obamacare

UnitedHealth Group Inc., the nation’s largest health insurer which last year said it might withdraw from the Obamacare insurance exchanges, this week increased projected 2016 Affordable Care Act (ACA) losses from $400 million to $500 million. Humana Inc. also disclosed that it was setting up a “premium deficiency reserve” for its anticipated 2016 ACA losses. […]

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Supreme Court to Rule on Obama’s Immigration/Executive Authority

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on the legality of President Obama’s twin executive orders of November 2014 that aimed to block deportation of illegal immigrations and also offer millions of them work permits. Obama’s plans were blocked first by a federal district judge in Texas and then by the U.S. 5th […]

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OSHA Form 300A Must Be Posted from Feb. 1 to April 30

Covered employers must post OSHA’s Form 300A, which summarizes their work site’s total of job-related injuries and illnesses during the prior calendar year, from Feb. 1 to April 30 of each year. Employers with 10 or fewer employees, as well as those businesses in specific low-hazard industries, are normally exempt, but due to changes in […]

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