OSHA Injury Reporting Fines Quadrupled — and More!

Under new guidelines issued this year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has followed up on its new injury-illness reporting requirements of January 2015 with increased fines for noncompliance, with the amounts rising 400 percent, backed by the threat of even higher fines to achieve the “necessary deterrent effect.” Employers must report an in-patient hospitalization, […]

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USCIS Opens Second Public Commentary Period on Revised Form I-9

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has opened a public commentary period on its revised Form I-9, which will close its 30-day window on April 27. Many of the proposed changes to Form I-9 were designed to reduce technical errors and help customers complete the form on their computer after they have downloaded it […]

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DOL Introduces TalentWorks Web Tool for Recruiting Job Seekers with Disabilities

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) of the Department of Labor (DOL) has announced the launch of “TalentWorks” – a free online tool that helps employers and human resources professionals ensure accessibility in their web-based job applications and other recruiting technologies for job seekers with disabilities. Created by ODEP’s Partnership on Employment & Accessible […]

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OSHA Updates Requirements for PPE

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a final rule that updates requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers in general industry, shipyards, longshoring, marine terminals and construction. The final rule reflects current national consensus standards, and ensures that workers can use up-to-date eye and face protection. The rule updates references in […]

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Obamacare Six Years Later: Medicaid Enrollment Swells

Six years after passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, aka “Obamacare”), the ranks of Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) recipients have swelled, while enrollees on the federal and state health insurance exchanges have missed the official target by millions. Such is the conclusion of a study just released by […]

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New Form I-9 Coming Soon

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) says to continue using the current Form I-9, with an expiration date of March 31, 2016, until the new one is approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Paperwork Reduction Act requires that all federal government forms be reviewed every three years and either eliminated […]

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OSHA Issues Final Rule on Respirable Crystalline Silica

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America’s workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is comprised of two standards, one for Construction and one for General Industry and Maritime. OSHA estimates that […]

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DOL Issues Long-Awaited Union ‘Persuader’ Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) today issued a final rule that, effective July 1, will require companies that hire outside consultants to help them present their case against unionization to reveal those consultants. The DOL terms the hiring of an outside consultant for union organizational battles a “persuader agreement.” “Workers should know who is behind […]

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Obamacare Turns 6 Today

It was six years ago today, on March 23, 2010, that the president signed into law his namesake legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), commonly — but not always affectionately — known as Obamacare. In commemoration of the anniversary, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been running a series […]

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SCOTUS Sides With Tyson Workers’ Donning-Doffing Suit

The Supreme Court, in a 6-2 decision, has sided with Tyson meat packers in a $5.8 million lawsuit claiming they were not compensated for time spent donning and doffing safety gear. The decision was even more noteworthy for two other facts: The court let the class action certification stand after its previous Walmart decision severely […]

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