Alexander Acosta Approved as Labor Secretary

The Senate has just voted 60-38 to approve Alexander Acosta as Secretary of the Department of Labor (DOL). Acosta fills the post that President Trump’s first nominee, Andrew Puzder, withdrew from under pressure about revelations in his personal life. Acosta is viewed as a more moderate secretary over Puzder, having served on the National Labor Relations Board […]

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DOL to Launch Surveys to Gauge Americans’ Retirement Planning

The Department of Labor (DOL) has filed an information request with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) titled “On the Road to Retirement Surveys” to “gather data about how people make planning and financial decisions before and during retirement, especially with regard to the information that they receive and how they respond to it.” The […]

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Trump Vows to Continue Obamacare Cost-Sharing Payments

After taking funding for “the wall” along the U.S. southern border off the table in ongoing budget negotiations, President Trump today removed another sticking point with the Democrats by promising to continue $7 billion a year in cost-sharing payments to Obamacare health insurers. Funding authorization for the federal government expires April 28 on the president’s […]

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Miscimarra Named Acting Chair of NLRB

President Donald J. Trump has named board member Philip A. Miscimarra acting chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). “It is an honor to be named NLRB acting chairman by the President,” Miscimarra said. “I remain committed to the task that Congress has assigned to the board, which is to foster stability and to […]

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OSHA to Recognize Workers’ Memorial Day on April 28

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will recognize Workers’ Memorial Day on April 28 by holding various events throughout the country. American workers are the backbone of our nation’s prosperity and a focal point of President Trump’s “America First” agenda. With the recent increased growth in manufacturing, mining and construction industries, OSHA renews its […]

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USCIS to Issue Redesigned Green Cards

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. USCIS will begin issuing the new cards on May 1, 2017. These redesigns use enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant […]

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States Rush in to Shore Up Obamacare

Led by Alaska, states are setting up reinsurance programs to help pay the health care costs of their most medically needy citizens in hopes that insurance companies won’t abandon the Obamacare marketplace entirely. The latest to join the trend are Idaho, Oklahoma and Minnesota. Alaska was the first to establish a reinsurance fund, whichit  did in […]

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EPA to Offer Buyouts to Shrink Workforce

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of President Trump’s goal to shrink the federal workforce (and budget), is establishing a buyout program to reduce its 15,000-person staff. EPA acting deputy administrator Mike Flynn said the agency was acting on a letter from the White House urging immediate action on staffing reductions across the federal […]

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Overtime Rule Appeal Rescheduled for June 30

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has granted the Trump administration another extension in an appeal filed by the Obama White House over a federal court injunction blocking its proposed new overtime rule. The Trump Department of Labor (DOL) cited a lack of leadership — i.e., the nominee for Secretary of […]

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After Nearly Quarter-Century, Discrimination Case Is Settled

The Department of Labor (DOL) has settled a case that arose from a 1993 compliance review of NationsBank, N.A., that found systematic hiring violations involving African-American applicants for entry-level jobs and led to more than two decades of litigation. NationsBank merged with the Bank of America, N.A. in 1998. The review by the department’s Office […]

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