New Process Announced for E-Verify Corporate Administrators

On May 25, the E-Verify Modernization Project revamped the employer (child) enrollment process and made it more efficient and user-friendly. When corporate administrators add new employers they will find:  A new webpage and easier navigation Fewer fields, which will quicken processing Improved data fields that require fewer clicks New features including the ability to save […]

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HHS Report: Premiums Have Doubled Under Obamacare

In a report issued this past week, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said that health insurance premiums offered on HealthCare.gov have doubled since the start of the Affordable Care Act: Comparing the average premiums found in 2013 MLR data and […]

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Uncertainty over Subsidies Has Insurers Talking Huge Hikes in Premiums

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the largest Obamacare insurer in the state, has announced it intends to hike health insurance premiums by 22.9 percent in 2018 unless the Trump administration guarantees to continue doling out what are called cost-sharing reductions (CSRs). If the CSRs are continued, the company added, rates would go […]

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DOL Moves to Revoke Persuader Rule

The Obama administration’s “persuader rule” requiring law firms to publicly disclose any work they do for employers surrounding union organizing efforts, already subject to a nationwide injunction, is being revoked by the Trump administration’s Department of Labor (DOL). The DOL on Monday, May 22, filed a proposal to formally rescind the rule, which was blocked by U.S. District […]

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Labor Secretary Releases Budget Request

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has released the fiscal year 2018 budget request for the Department of Labor (DOL). According to the official press release, it supports President Donald J. Trump’s plan to invest in priorities that will help American workers develop the necessary skills to meet the demands of a 21st century economy and […]

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Trump’s Budget Proposes Merger of EEOC and OFCCP

The  budget proposal just released by the White House envisions a merger of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP),  “creating one agency to combat employment discrimination.” The EEOC, a stand-alone agency, polices American businesses for discrimination at work, while the OFCCP, a division within the Department of […]

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MSHA Extends Effective Date on Examinations of Working Places

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced it is extending the effective date of the agency’s final rule on Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines until Oct. 2, 2017. This extension will allow additional time for MSHA to provide training and compliance assistance for its stakeholders. MSHA is developing a variety […]

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Acosta Says Fiduciary Rule Will Take Effect June 9

Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced there was no reason to further delay the implementation of his department’s fiduciary rule, and thus it will take effect June 9 following its first postponement. “We have carefully considered the record in this case, and the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act, and […]

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Administration Seeks 90-Day Extension on Obamacare Subsidies Hearing

Facing an appeals hearing on an Obamacare lawsuit brought by House Republicans, President Donald Trump’s administration has asked a U.S. Court of Appeals for another 90 days to resolve the legal issue with regard to the so-called cost-sharing reduction payments mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Department of Justice and House […]

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Wal-Mart Settles First-Ever LGBTQ Class Action Lawsuit

Wal-Mart settled the first successful LGBTQ lawsuit ever this past week when it agreed to shell out $7.5 million to lesbian and gay employees whose same-sex spouses were denied benefits between 2011 and 2013, when the retail giant changed its policy. “This class action settlement breaks new ground,” the attorneys for the plaintiffs said in […]

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