11 States Sue Administration Over Transgender Bathroom Mandate

Following directives by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) detailing how public school bathrooms and locker rooms must be gender-neutral, 11 states have filed suit against the Obama administration to stop the mandate. The lawsuit argues that the directive conspires “to turn workplace and educational settings across the country into laboratories […]

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Insurers Seek Hefty 2017 Increases on Obamacare Policies

Stung by the reality of more older-sicker than younger-healthier customers signing up for their policies, Obamacare health insurers are seeking some whopping premium increases for 2017. From what’s publicly available, for example, Humana in Georgia is seeking a 65.2 percent increase, according to today’s Wall Street Journal. In nearby Florida, Blue Cross and Blue Shield […]

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DOL Signs Alliance to Promote Employment of the Disabled

To promote inclusive workplaces that embrace the skills and talents of workers with disabilities, the Office of Disability Employment Policy of the Department of Labor (DOL)  has signed an alliance with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. The association is a non-profit membership organization that brings together university-based interdisciplinary programs and community resources to […]

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SCOTUS Sides with Trucking Company Against EEOC in Attorney’s Fees Award

A unanimous Supreme Court has overturned a circuit court’s decision throwing out the award of $4.5 million in attorney’s fees to a trucking company, which had won a class action sexual harassment lawsuit brought against it by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC brought the class action lawsuit against CRST Van Expedited Inc. to district […]

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It’s Official: Overtime Exemption Threshold to Be $47,476 a Year

The Department of Labor (DOL) today will unveil its new overtime rule, setting an annual salary of $47,476 as the minimum compensation for an employee to be exempt from overtime pay. The current standard is $23,660. Vice-President Joe Biden, who will be touting the new rule at a stop in Columbus, Ohio, today, said: “The middle […]

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May 18 the New Witching Day for Overtime Final Rule?

UPDATE: Earlier (see below) we ventured that Monday, May 16, might see the arrival of the new overtime rule, but several sources are now indicating it will be tomorrow, Wednesday, May 18. Stay tuned. Growing speculation has it that the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Obama administration will issue their final rule on overtime […]

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EEOC Issues Final Rule on Wellness Programs, ADA and GINA

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued final rules that describe how Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) apply to wellness programs offered by employers that request health information from employees and their spouses. The two rules provide guidance to both […]

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Obamacare Insurers Pulling Out of Rural Areas

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 400 more U.S. counties will see their health insurance options whittled down to just one provider in 2017. In 2016, insurers pulled out of 225 counties, and next year the total is expected to rise to as many as 650. In those counties, consumers will have no option but […]

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Wendy’s to Replace Order Takers with Self-Service Kiosks

In response to rising minimum wage standards in many states, Wendy’s the fast food chain is rolling out self-service kiosks for customers to punch in their orders, replacing human order takers. The kiosks will be available at Wendy’s 6,000 nationwide locations in the second half of this year, but it will be up to franchisees […]

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Federal Judge Rules Obamacare Payments Unconstitutional

A federal judge has sided with House of Representative Republicans in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of unappropriated funds totaling some $175 billion being transferred over 10 years to insurers under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer issued the ruling but put it on hold pending appeal. “None of the Secretaries’ […]

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