OSHA Recordkeeping Rule: This Dec. 1 Start Date Will Stand

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) yesterday escaped the curse of Texas judges and Obama administration regulations when a federal court in the Lone Star state refused to place an injunction on the agency’s new recordkeeping rule, which will now take effect on Dec. 1. OSHA had twice delayed the rule’s start date in light […]

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Poll Shows Widespread Support for Obamacare Overhaul, Possible Replacement

While President-elect Donald Trump announced key appointments to posts responsible for the nation’s health care policies, a Gallup poll continued a yearslong indication of public discontent with Obamacare. Some 53 percent of those polled in November dislike the Affordable Care Act (ACA) while only 42 percent approve, figures relatively unchanged since the ACA passed in […]

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Federal Judge Declares Overtime Rule Illegal, Issues Temporary Injunction

A federal judge in Texas hearing a lawsuit by 21 states over the Obama administration’s overtime rule, set to take effect Dec. 1, has declared the rule illegal and issued an injunction to block its implementation nationwide. An Obama appointee, U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant in Sherman, Texas, ruled that the Department of Labor (DOL) cannot […]

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EEOC Revises Guidance on National Origin Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued its updated enforcement guidance on national origin discrimination to replace its 2002 compliance manual section on that subject, the federal agency announced on Monday, Nov. 21. The commission has also issued two short user-friendly resource documents to accompany the guidance: a question-and-answer publication on the guidance document […]

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IRS Extends Deadline to Supply Annual Health Care Information Forms to Employees

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today extended the deadline for employers to furnish their employees with their annual health care information forms from Jan. 31 to March 2, though it left intact the deadline for employers to file their forms 1094-B and 1094-C with the agency. Those deadlines remain Feb. 28 for paper filing and […]

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EEOC Touts Discrimination Claim Settlements, Reduction of Backlog

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) secured more than $482.1 million for victims of discrimination in private, state and local government and federal workplaces during fiscal year 2016, which ended Sept. 30, the agency reported in its annual Performance and Accountability Report published on Nov. 15. This includes $347.9 million for victims of employment discrimination […]

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USCIS Publishes Long-Promised Highly Skilled Immigrant Rule

USCIS today published a final rule to modernize and improve several aspects of certain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs. USCIS has also amended regulations to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers who are beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions and are waiting to become lawful permanent residents. This rule goes […]

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Death Knell Tolls for DOL Persuader Rule

A federal judge in Texas has converted his temporary injunction to a permanent one, blocking the Department of Labor (DOL) from implementing its so-called “Persuader Rule,” which would have forced employers to reveal the identities and advice of those assisting them in union organization fights. Senior U.S. District Court Judge Samuel Cummings first placed an injunction on the rule in […]

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Slips, Trips and Falls Final Rule Finally Issued

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a final rule updating its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards. The rule also includes a new section under the general industry Personal Protective Equipment standards that establishes employer requirements for using personal fall protection systems. “The final rule will […]

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House Republicans Ask Obama Agencies to Cease Rulemaking

House Republicans, led by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R.-Calif.), have sent letters to the heads of all federal agencies asking that they cease issuing rules during the lame-duck last two months of the Obama administration. The House members also intend to pass a bill forbidding rulemaking until the new president is sworn in. The White […]

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