First-Timers Help Obamacare SIgn-Ups Soar

Of the 6.4 million Americans who signed up for health insurance on the Obamacare exchanges by the Dec. 19 deadline for coverage beginning Jan. 1, about 2 million of them were first-timers, presenting the incoming Trump administration with added challenges in not alienating a huge bloc of U.S. voters. Another 2.2 million persons were automatically […]

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EBSA Rule Seeks to Clear Way for Municipal Retirement Plans

Saying that increasing access to retirement savings opportunities is the surest way to help more of America’s workers secure their financial futures, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has announced a final rule to assist large cities and other political subdivisions that establish payroll deduction individual retirement account savings programs for workers who do not have access […]

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CMS Aims to Beat Trump by Three Days on ACA for 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which administers the health insurance marketplaces and regulates the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), on Friday threw down the gauntlet to President-elect Donald Trump and his incoming administration by issuing a final rule for the ACA for 2018 — setting its effective date three days prior to Trump’s swearing in. […]

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And the DOL Cuts It Even Closer: Rule Takes Effect Two Days Before Trump

The Department of Labor (DOL) announced on Friday it will publish a final rule on Monday, Dec. 19 — the day electors meet to cast their votes for the next president — that will clarify employers’ obligation to retain records of workplace injuries and illnesses for five full years. The rule is scheduled to take effect […]

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7th Circuit Court Denies College Athletes Status as Employees

The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a district court’s ruling that denied employee status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to student athletes at the University of Pennsylvania, who had filed suit to establish an employer-employee relationship. In so ruling, the appellate court endorsed the U.S. Supreme Court’s statement in NCAA v. Board […]

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Obamacare Enrollment Deadline for Jan. 1 Coverage Extended to Dec. 19

Before the clock could even click toward midnight on Dec. 15, the original deadline for signing up for 2017 Obamacare policies that will take effect on Jan. 1, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today extended the cutoff date to Monday, Dec. 19, at midnight. “Millions of Americans have already signed up for […]

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HHS Issues Final Rule on Family Planning Services Under Title X

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued a final rule to clarify the regulations for family planning services under Title X of the Public Health Service Act and protect access to family planning services. Title X is the only federal program focused solely on providing family planning and related preventive services. “This […]

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EEOC Issues Guidance on Workplace Rights Under the ADA

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a resource document that explains workplace rights for individuals with mental health conditions under the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Depression, PTSD, & Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights explains that job applicants and employees with mental health conditions are protected […]

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Jenny Yang to Fill Out Term on EEOC, Retaining Democrat Majority

Current Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Chair Jenny Yang has announced she will fulfill her statutory appointment and not leave the agency until July 2017, giving the Democrats a three-to-two majority until that time. However, she will be forced to relinquish her chair to a Republican commissioner whom incoming President Donald Trump chooses. Yang told Bloomberg […]

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5th Circuit Court Agrees to Expedite Overtime Injunction Review, But…

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, responding to a filing by the Department of Labor (DOL), has agreed to an expedited schedule for a review of a Texas federal judge’s injunction blocking the DOL’s overtime rule that was set to take effect Dec. 1. Under the expedited process, the DOL must file its opening […]

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