Hawaii First to Petition for Exit from Obamacare

Starting in 2017, states can opt out of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) and implement their own health care systems, but they must match or exceed ACA standards. Hawaii has now jumped into the opt-out, do-better fray, saying its own standards already exceed those of the federal statute. Specifically, the Aloha State wants to […]

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EEOC to Collect Pay Data on EEO-1 Report

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced that, starting in March 2018, it will collect summary employee pay data from certain employers. The new data will improve investigations of possible pay discrimination, which remains a contributing factor to persistent wage gaps, according to the EEOC. The summary pay data will be added to the […]

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Federal Contractor Paid Sick Leave Rule Finalized

The Department of Labor (DOL) today announced a final rule requiring federal contractors to provide paid sick leave to employees who work on or in connection with certain federal contracts. The rule will allow these workers to use paid leave if they are sick, need to take care of a sick family member or must […]

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Administration Targets Young People for Obamacare Sign-Ups

With the sign-up of young persons lagging behind the needs of balancing young and old, healthy and sick, the administration is turning to cyberspace and other initiatives to lure young people into signing up for health insurance on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces. In 2016, fewer than 30 percent of Obamacare sign-ups out of […]

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EEOC Launches Online Small Business Resource Center

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today unveiled a new online resource center designed to help small business owners comply with the laws enforced by EEOC. The Small Business Resource Center (SBRC), located on EEOC’s public website at www.eeoc.gov, provides a user-friendly one-stop source for information on federal employment anti-discrimination laws. The Resource Center was […]

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HHS Issues Rule on Child Care

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Administration for Children and Families (ACF) on Friday announced new quality and safety standards aimed at providing for higher quality care and safer environments for millions of children, including the youngest learners. The rule, which implements bipartisan legislation signed by President Obama in 2014, sets higher standards […]

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Business Groups Follow States in Suing to Overturn New Overtime Rule

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America Inc. and some 50 other business groups filed suit on Sept. 20 to overturn a controversial rule from the Department of Labor (DOL), set to take effect on Dec. 1, that raises the salary threshold for overtime exemption from $23,660 a year to […]

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OSHA Reports Results of First Year of Severe Injury Reporting Program

During the first year of its beefed-up Severe Injury Reporting Program, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says there were 7,636 hospitalizations and 2,644 amputations reported by employers in the states covered by Federal OSHA. The 26 states operating their own OSH programs maintain their own reporting statistics. Under a rule that took effect on Jan. 1, […]

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DOL Issues 2017 Minimum Wage Rates for Federal Contractors

Complying with its legal mandate of announcing minimum wage increases for businesses operating on federal contracts at least 180 days before they take effect, the Department of Labor (DOL) has set 2017 minimum wages at $10.20 an hour, up from $10.15, and at $6.80 an hour for tipped employees, up from $5.85. The rates take […]

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21 States Sue to Block Dec. 1 Implementation of New Overtime Rule

A coalition of 21 states, led by Nevada Attorney-General Adam Laxalt, has filed suit in federal court in Eastern Texas to block implementation of the new “white collar” overtime rule taking effect Dec. 1, which would raise the pay threshold for overtime exemption to $913 a week, or $47,476 a year, if implemented. Previous lawsuits […]

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