Federal Court Rules Against EEOC’s Interpretation of Title VII

In a sharp rebuke to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and its finding that the sex discrimination provision of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act covers gender identity and sexual orientation, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago has ruled that only Congress or the Supreme Court can extend that protection. […]

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I-9 Fines to Jump Upward Along with Other Federal Penalties

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have published final rules that will raise monetary penalties for Form I-9 and H-1B violations dramatically beginning Aug. 1. The penalty structure for I-9 violations will rise from $110-to-$1,100 per instance to $216-to-$2,156. H-1B application violation fines will go from $1,000 per to […]

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EEOC Launches Outreach on Religious Discrimination

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chair Jenny Yang and Commissioner Charlotte Burrows participated in an inter-agency briefing at the White House and then announced the release of a one-page fact sheet designed to help young workers better understand their rights and responsibilities under the federal employment anti-discrimination laws prohibiting religious discrimination. The fact sheet is available […]

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Arizona Relaunches CHIP Health Services for Children

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it has approved Arizona’s plan to allow new enrollment in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) after enrollment was frozen for several years. Now all states provide CHIP coverage to eligible children. “Today’s approval is a step forward for the health of Arizona children […]

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MLB Minor Leaguers Strike Out on Minimum Wage Lawsuit

A federal judge has decertified the collective of former minor league players suing Major League Baseball (MLB) over minimum wage claims, and he has also denied their certification as a class action. Lawyers representing the former minor leaguers vowed to appeal. U.S. Magistrate Joseph Spero of the Northern District of California made the ruling July […]

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Administration Asks SCOTUS to Revisit Immigration Decision

The Department of Justice (DOJ), on behalf of the Obama administration, has petitioned the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision on the president’s immigration executive orders “before a full nine-member court.” The court earlier tied 4-4 in reviewing a Texas federal judge’s injunction against the executive orders that would defer deportation and grant work permits […]

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Under Cloud of Lawsuits, OSHA Delays Anti-Retaliation Provisions of Reporting Rule

After several lawsuits were filed in Texas over the issue, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it is delaying enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions in its new injury and illness tracking rule to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. Originally scheduled to begin Aug. 10, 2016, enforcement will […]

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MSHA Respirable Coal Mine Dust Target Largely Being Met, Sampling Finds

A federal rule to protect the nation’s miners from exposure to dangerous levels of coal mine dust is having a significantly positive impact in Phase II, a recent sampling by the Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) shows. MSHA announced July 18 that approximately 99 percent of the respirable coal mine dust samples […]

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EEOC Publishes Revised EEO-1 Reporting Requirements

On July 14, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a slightly revised proposed rule on W-2 wage reporting requirements on the annual EEO-1 form for companies with 100-plus employees. This past winter the EEOC published a proposed rule that added wage reporting to the existing EEO-1 requirement for data reporting for each job category […]

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Annual Health Care Spending Reaches $10,000+ Per Person in the U.S.

Health care spending will hit $3.35 trillion this year, or $10,345 per man, woman and child in the United States, a record high, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced July 13. The agency  also predicted that growth in health care spending will average 5.8 percent from 2015 through 2025, outpacing growth in the […]

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