Trump Nominates FedEx Exec to Head Up OSHA

Vacant since June with the retirement of Dorothy Dougherty, the position of administrator of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) may soon be filled by Scott A. Mugno, chief of security for FedEx Ground, following his nomination this week by President Trump. Technically, if confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Mugno would become Assistant Secretary […]

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In New Twist, DOL Will Appeal Court Injunction Against Obama Overtime Rule

After dropping the Obama-era appeal of an injunction against that administration’s proposed overtime rule, sources say the Department of Labor (DOL) is poised to return to court to argue against the permanent injunction issued this summer by Judge Amos Mazzant. The reason appears to be to preserve the use of a salary threshold in determining […]

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HIPAA Allows Information Sharing with Loved Ones in Opioid Crisis, OCR Says

Following President Trump’s call to action that led to the declaration of a nationwide public health emergency regarding the opioid crisis, the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is releasing new guidance on when and how healthcare providers can share a patient’s health information with his or her family members, friends, and legal personal representatives […]

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Federal Judge Declines to Block Trump’s Obamacare Subsidies Order

Saying the lawsuit by California and 17 other states would be “counterproductive,” an Obama-appointed federal judge in San Francisco has declined to order President Trump and his administration to restore cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments to Obamacare insurers. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria noted: “State regulators have been working for months to prepare for the termination […]

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National Apprenticeship Week Set for Nov. 13-19

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today announced that the third annual National Apprenticeship Week will be held November 13-19, 2017. Apprenticeships provide demand-driven education, allowing apprentices to earn while they learn – helping to close the skills gap between the skills job creators seek and job seekers need. “Expanding apprenticeships across all industries is a […]

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The Incredible Shrinking Labor Department

Over the past 12 months, the Department of Labor (DOL) has lost 4.7 percent of its workforce to attrition and retirements, according to data released by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), as detailed by Bloomberg News. The DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has been hit even harder, with a 9 percent reduction in […]

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Iowa Drops Its Obamacare Waiver Request — Only One Insurer Remains

With Obamacare open enrollment only days away, Iowa was hoping to get a waiver from the Obama administration to set up its own subsidy program for health insurance, as premiums on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace are set to soar 50 percent in the state for 2018. Yesterday the state officially gave up and […]

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Trump Appears to Want More from Bipartisan Health Care Reform Bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.-Ky.) over the weekend signaled he would bring the Alexander-Murray bipartisan health legislation to a floor vote if President Trump wants him to do so. Trump officials, however, said the bill needs to be expanded to axe the individual and employer health insurance mandates and offer less comprehensive policies for […]

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Bipartisan Health Care Bill Draws 24 Sponsors, Both Dem and GOP

The latest effort to kick start health care for 2018 — a bipartisan bill to restore insurance company subsidies for low-income Americans — has drawn 24 sponsors in the U.S. Senate from both sides of the aisle, evenly divided, but still faces stiff opposition in the House of Representatives amid mixed signals from the White […]

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SCOTUS to Resolve EEOC and DOJ Split on Sexual Orientation Issue?

An upcoming potential Supreme Court case, which will require reviewing a decision by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, could help reconcile the different opinions by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding sexual orientation and whether it is protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. At least, […]

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