HHS Names Mental Health Professionals to New Committee

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today the appointment of national experts to guide a new initiative to better serve Americans with serious mental illness. The Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) was established by the 21st Century Cures Act to improve federal coordination of efforts that address the pressing needs of […]

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Latest EEO Digest Includes Article on Disparate Treatment Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced the latest edition of its federal sector Digest of Equal Employment Opportunity Law (EEO Digest), which is available on the EEOC’s website. This edition (Fiscal Year 2017, Volume 3) features a special article titled “Establishing Disparate Treatment Discrimination.” The comprehensive article discusses the analysis of disparate treatment […]

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DOL Seeks 18-Month Extension of Fiduciary Rule

Enforcement of its Conflict of Interest Fiduciary Rule was set to begin on Jan. 1, 2018, but the Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday submitted a proposal to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) seeking amendments to three of the rule’s exemptions that would push back enforcement by 18 months to July 1, 2019. After […]

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OSHA Improves Its Online Whistleblower Complaint Form

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently revised its online whistleblower complaint form to help users file a complaint with the appropriate agency. The form provides workers with another option for submitting retaliation complaints to the Department of Labor’s OSHA. The updated form guides individuals as they file a complaint through the process, providing essential questions […]

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With Trump Nominees, NLRB May Revisit Previous Rulings

With President Trump’s nomination of two pro-business attorneys to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), giving Republicans majority control, 3-2, observers are speculating that the board will revisit some Obama-era decisions and modify or reverse them. Marvin Kaplan, chief counsel of the independent federal agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, was approved by […]

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ADA-Compliant Websites Regulation Put on Inactive List

An issue that has been on the radar since at least 2010 has now been placed on the back burner: In its most recent regulatory agenda, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has put on its inactive list a proposed regulation that would make websites serving the public be Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant. Under the […]

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Circuit Court to Hear Overtime Rule Appeal in Early October

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, arguably the most conservative of all appeals courts, announced it will hear the appeal to the injunction against the Obama-era overtime rule in early October. That rule, which raised the salary threshold for overtime exemption to $913 a week, was blocked by a federal judge […]

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Aetna Withdrawing from Obamacare Exchanges — in Its Own Words

Aetna announced today that it’s withdrawing from the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) marketplace. Here is the company’s announcement: Aetna has long been committed to providing access to affordable, high-quality health care for all Americans. That is why, when the Affordable Care Act was passed, we invested significantly and participated actively in the public […]

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UPS Settles Lawsuit over Its 12-Month Leave Policy for $1.7 Million

United Parcel Service (UPS) has settled for $1.7 million a lawsuit begun in 2009 over its 12-month leave policy, which on the surface sounds generous but which the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) found in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The UPS policy allowed employees to take a full 12 months off […]

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