CMS Confirms Uptick in Obamacare Enrollments in Week 1

In week one of Open Enrollment for 2018, 601,462 people selected plans using the HealthCare.gov platform. As in past years, enrollment weeks are measured Sunday through Saturday. Consequently, week one was only four days long this year — from Wednesday to Saturday, Nov 1-4. Every week during Open Enrollment, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid […]

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Second Tuesday in October is Celebrated as Ada Lovelace Day

The second Tuesday in October is traditionally celebrated as Ada Lovelace Day. In 1833 Ada Lovelace developed what was arguably the world’s first programming language, or algorithm, for mathematician and mechanical engineer Charles Babbage, who was working on two prototype computers called the Difference Engine and the Analytics Engine. Lovelace later described her dream of […]

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OSHA Delays Crystalline Silica Standard Until Sept. 23

The  Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today announced a delay in enforcement of the crystalline silica standard that applies to the construction industry to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. The agency has determined that additional guidance is necessary due to the unique nature of the requirements in the […]

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Subscriber Updates for 2017 to Be Shipped Throughout January

Personnel Concepts customers who are on subscription plans will begin receiving their updated notices and poster replacements next week, with all shipments to be completed by the end of the month (January 2017). The process will insure that subscribers’ mandated state and federal notices will be up to date for 2017. Many states just issued their […]

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SCOTUS Refuses Case that Could Overturn Home Care Worker Rule

The Supreme Court has passed on an opportunity to review the Department of Labor (DOL) and its reinterpretation of “companionship services,” which brought minimum wage and overtime benefits to home care workers employed through staffing agencies. In 2015, the DOL issued a final rule “to better reflect Congressional intent” that stripped home care agencies from relying on […]

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Time to Update Your Labor Law Poster, Especially If…

Especially if you’re in one of the 13 states that will greet the New Year with new minimum wage rates and mandatory workplace notices: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New York (which actually takes effect on Dec. 31, 2015), Rhode Island, South Dakota and Vermont. In addition, both Washington, D.C. and […]

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N.Y. State Workers to Get $15 an Hour in Stages

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, using executive fiat, has set in motion a plan to raise the minimum wage for all state workers to $15 an hour by no later than 2021. Once implemented, the minimum wage will affect some 10,000 workers statewide, about 6.5 percent of the entire New York work force. According to […]

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Judge Rules College Athletes Own Rights to Their Names and Images

In a case brought to trial against the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon, a federal judge has ruled that Division 1 football and basketball players, who were included in the lawsuit, own the rights to their names, images and likenesses. Thus the NCAA and its constituent schools can […]

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Personnel Concepts Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary Today

From its humble beginnings 25 years ago today in the founder's residence, Personnel Concepts has grown to be the dominant force in the labor law poster compliance industry. Through its first quarter-century, miore than 1.5 million American businesses have relied upon Personnel Concepts for the labor law and other posters they display. Founded by Michael […]

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The Face-Off Over Facebook in Job Interviews

In 2010, the online world was shocked with reports of employers demanding access to job candidates’ social media sites. At the forefront of these headlines was a story about Robert Collins, an applicant to the Maryland Department of Corrections who was asked during a recertification interview for his Facebook login credentials to verify, he was […]

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