Public Comment Period Extended to March 21 for EEOC’s Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Harassment

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has extended the public commentary period on its 75-page proposed Enforcement Guidance on Harassment” to March 21. The guidance comprises six major sections, including “Covered Bases and Causation,” “Harassment Resulting in Discrimination with Respect to a Term, Condition, or Privilege of Employment,” and “Liability.” Additionally, the guidance offers employers a “best […]

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OMB Concludes Review of Fiduciary Rule Delay Proposal

Following an executive action by President Trump, the Department of Labor (DOL) submitted a proposal to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to delay implementation of its fiduciary rule by 180 days. OMB has now concluded its review, and the proposal could be opened to a public commentary period shortly. Originally set to take […]

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Fate of Obama Overtime Rule to Be Determined by May 1

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has granted the Trump administration an additional 60 days to decide what to do about appealing an injunction placed on the Obama-era overtime rule that was set to take effect this past Dec. 1, making May 1 decision day. The 60 days are in addition to an earlier 30-day […]

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Trump Administration Rescinds Obama-era Transgender Bathroom Use Rules

Already subject to an injunction and ongoing litigation, the joint rule by the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) mandating free bathroom choice at public schools was rescinded today by the administration of President Donald Trump. The rule would have allowed students to choose their bathroom based on self-proclaimed gender identity. […]

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Post-Trump, the IRS Will Allow Tax Returns that Are ‘Silent’ about Health Insurance

With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, the IRS was tasked with exacting monetary fines on individual taxpayers who do not have health insurance for the full time of the reporting period, generally a calendar year. The ACA, under a provision known as Individual Shared Responsibility, even established an escalating scale […]

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New SBC Template in Effect April 1

A new Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) template goes into effect April 1. The Affordable Care Act (ACA), which may or may not be repealed this year by Republicans, requires that SBCs be distributed to policyholders each year, detailing the coverage they have under their health plan. The April 1 deadline applies to policies […]

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CMS Under Trump Proposes Big Changes to Obamacare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) today proposed shortening the open enrollment period for Obamacare, virtually cutting it in half, while also lowering the benefits and coverage standards for health insurers. The latter is designed to stabilize and eventually lower premiums. The proposed new enrollment period for insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) […]

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Humana to Exit Obamacare Exchanges

Saying it is “seeing further signs of an unbalanced risk pool,” Humana announced on Tuesday that it is exiting the health insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which may be moot if the Republicans in Congress carry out their threat to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, though their timetable is uncertain. Humana […]

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Business, Trade Groups Ask Congress to Overturn NLRB Joint Employer Rule

In a letter to members of the House Education and Workforce Committee Tuesday, more than 50 business and trade groups asked Congress to pass legislation to overturn the joint employer standard of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which holds franchisers equally responsible with franchisees for employee workplace issues. “The president can nominate two new board […]

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Acting Chair Says Much Will Remain the Same at the EEOC

Victoria A. Lipnic, named by President Trump to be acting chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), told participants in a panel discussion that the commission will continue to enforce harassment and discrimination laws but will also focus on  expanding economic opportunity and job growth. “It is a new day and to the extent […]

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