HHS Sets Up a Tool to Determine If Your Health Insurer Owes Policyholders a Rebate

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has introduced an online tool to determine if your health insurer owes you a rebate come Aug. 1, 2012, based on that company's compliance with mandated medical loss ratio (MLR) standards under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The MLR standard for health care insurance […]

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USCIS Publishes Employers’ Guide for Using the E-Verify Online Tool

The United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) has just issued a new publication to aid employers in correctly using the online E-Verify system to check if job applicants (or employees) possess the supporting documents to work legally in the United States. According to the USCIS: The E-Verify Self-Assessment Guide for Direct Access Users is […]

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Most New Jobs in Post-Recession Era Going to Men

Since the onset of the Great Recession in 2008 and a subsequent up-and-down recovery, men have accounted for 80 percent of net new jobs, according to statistics released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). A lot of the statistical hiring has been related to the manufacturing sector, which is heavily male-dominated, but men seeking […]

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National Restaurant Association Sues DOL Over Tip Pooling Regulation

The National Restaurant Association, joined by several restaurants and trade groups in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals jurisdiction, has filed suit against the Department of Labor over a regulation that forbids tip-pooling arrangements that include back-of-the-house (kitchen) workers. The 9th Circuit Court in Cumbie v. Woody Woo Inc. in 2010 ruled that restaurants are […]

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EEOC and Family Dollar Stores (7,200 Nationwide) Agree to Mediate

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Family Dollar Stores Inc. (NYSE:FDO) today announced the signing of a National Universal Agreement to Mediate (NUAM) to informally resolve workplace disputes through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) prior to an EEOC investigation or potential litigation. The NUAM applies to all Family Dollar establishments throughout the United States. Under […]

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Summer’s Here, But No Heat Standard from OSHA

Though the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a heat danger educational and outreach program, and has even issued a smartphone app to calculate an affected worker's heat index and provide safety tips, the agency has no heat standard in the works, though one was recommended by the National Institute for Occupational Safety […]

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CDC Publishes Online Small Business Resource Portal

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published an online Small Business Resource Guide that serves as a handy, easy-to-use portal for finding information about the laws, regulations and other responsibilities of doing business in the United States. The portal links to other government sites, including some state sites that feature unique safety […]

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Incentive Programs May Disqualify Companies from OSHA’S VPP

In 1982, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) established its Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), which exempts "model workplaces" from routine inspections. Model workplaces are those that report industry-leading low injury rates. However, between 2000 and 2011, as OSHA's inspection staff was reduced and VPP membership requirements were relaxed, some 80 workers died at VPP […]

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EEOC Ogling Coffee Chain’s Practice of Hiring Only the Attractive

Acting without a complaint from any employee past or present, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is investigating Marylou's Coffee, a Massachusetts chain, because it has a reputation for hiring only attractive women to be its servers. Looks, however, are not a protected class under any federal legislation. Only the District of Columbia has established […]

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Transportation Firm Settles for $11M Over ‘Hangman’s Nooses’ Discrimination

An $11 million consent decree entered in a Chicago federal court has ended the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC's) race harassment and discrimination lawsuit against a major transportation company. Magistrate Judge Susan E. Cox granted preliminary approval of the decree. In its suit, the EEOC charged that Yellow Transportation, Inc., and YRC, Inc. subjected African-American […]

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