ACA Reconciliation Process, CHIP Both End Tonight

The latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare — the Graham-Cassidy bill that would turn health care over to the states — never made it to vote, and with the fiscal year ending tonight, the Republicans’ chance to use the reconciliation process, which requires only a majority vote in the Senate, ends with it. Meanwhile, […]

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New EEO Digest Focuses on Race Discrimination in the Workplace

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today 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 4) features a special article titled “Race Discrimination in the 21st Century Workplace.” The comprehensive article discusses the legal prohibitions on race discrimination in […]

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HHS Secretary Price Resigns

Tom Price, M.D., secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), resigned today amid a nationwide controversy over his use of private jets for government travel, sticking the taxpaying public with a tab of $1 million or more. Before the announcement of Price’s resignation, President Trump called him “a good man” but said “the optics” weren’t […]

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EEOC Says No New Wellness Rule Until Late 2019

While the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia decides whether to vacate the current Wellness Rule, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says it won’t be able to issue a revised rule until October 2019, effective in 2021. In August, the court ordered the EEOC to revisit and redo the current Wellness […]

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NLRB Now in Republican Control

The Senate on Monday, Sept. 25, confirmed business lawyer William Emanuel, President Trump’s pick to fill an open seat on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), by a vote of 49-47. The vote puts the board, the nation’s top labor law enforcement agency, under the control of Republicans, 3-to-2, for the first time since President […]

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Appeals Court Rules the ADA Is Not a Leave Entitlement

In a case involving a worker who exhausted his Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) 12 weeks of leave and then requested more time off under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the “ADA is an antidiscrimination statute, not a medical-leave entitlement.” In Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, Inc., the […]

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McCain Again Sinks Repeal and Replace

Though the votes haven’t been cast yet, today’s decision by Sen. John McCain (R.-Ariz.) to vote no appears to be the end of the Senate’s latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. Sen. Rand Paul (R.-Ky.) is also on the nay record, leaving Sens. Susan Collins (R.-R.I.) and Lisa Murkowski (R.-Alaska), who lean toward the […]

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HRSA Awards $200M for Mental Health and Opioid Addiction Treatment

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded more than $200 million to 1,178 health centers and 13 rural health organizations in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin to increase access to substance abuse and mental health services. “No corner of our country, from […]

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Sen. McCain Signals Reluctant Support for Latest Repeal and Replace Effort

The latest Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare in the form of the Graham-Cassidy bill got a boost on Monday when Sen. John McCain (R.-Ariz.) indicated he might vote yea so long as his state’s governor supported the measure. Later in the day, Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey gave his approval of the measure. […]

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EEOC Issues Guide on Providing Assistance Under the Rehabilitation Act

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced the release of a Questions and Answers Guide to assist federal agencies to provide personal assistance services (PAS) under Section 501 the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which is available on the EEOC’s website. In January 2017, the EEOC amended the regulations implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation […]

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