DOJ Withdraws 25 Guidance Documents for 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that, pursuant to Executive Order 13777 and his November memorandum prohibiting certain guidance documents, he is rescinding 25 such Department of Justice (DOJ) documents that were deemed unnecessary, inconsistent with existing law, or otherwise improper. In making the announcement, the Attorney General said: Last month, I ended the longstanding abuse of […]

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Obamacare Employer Mandate Penalties Arrive in the Mail

The individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) may be expiring — in 2019 — but the employer mandate is alive and well, and companies were sent notices in November advising them of any violations and the consequent tax penalty due. According to the employer mandate provision, companies with 50 or more […]

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Kaplan Named Chair of NLRB

President Donald J. Trump has named board member Marvin E. Kaplan to be Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). “The president’s announcement is an honor and privilege, and I look forward to serving as chairman of the National Labor Relations Board.,” Kaplan said. “I remain committed to working with my colleagues to achieve […]

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Tax Bill Offers Credit for Paid FMLA Leave

The “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” legislation signed this morning by President Trump includes the first federal venture into paid Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), as it offers a tax credit for companies that provide their employees with paid FMLA leave. The provision, encoded in tax law as “Employer Credit for Paid Family and […]

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ACA Sign-Ups Reach 8.8 Million on HealthCare.Gov

Despite an open enrollment period only half as long as 2016’s and a reduction in advertising and promotion funds by 90 percent, 8.8 million people signed up for health insurance policies on HealthCare.gov, the federal marketplace for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Last year 9.2 million signed up, but they had until Jan. 31 instead […]

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Permanent CHIP Funding On Hold Until 2018

BREAKING NEWS: A continuing budget resolution introduced in the House of Representatives today includes $2.85 billion in CHIP funding through March 2018. It was approved by the Senate shortly thereafter and send to the president for signature. Though Congress authorized partial funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as part of a temporary budget […]

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Individual Mandate Repeal Stirs Worries over Obamacare’s Viability

Congress this morning passed its tax reform legislation and sent it to the president’s desk for signing. The inclusion of a provision to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare) individual mandate has caused concern that a shrinking pool of young people on the Obamacare exchanges will result in higher premiums for older, sicker […]

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Reappointment of Feldblum to EEOC Could Face Senate Opposition

Following President Trump’s surprise reappointment of Chai Feldblum to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the conservative think tank Heritage Foundation is urging Senate Republicans to block the liberal workers’ advocate’s new term, which would run through 2022. When Trump a week ago announced Feldblum’s reappointment, not a few conservative eyebrows were raised, given her […]

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OSHA Announces Increase in Workplace Fatalities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries reports there were 5,190 workplace fatalities in 2016, a 7-percent increase from 2015. The fatal injury rate also increased from 3.4 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers in 2015 to 3.6 in 2016. More workers lost their lives in transportation incidents than any other event […]

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OSHA to Accept Form 300A Electronic Data Through Dec. 31 for 2016

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will continue accepting 2016 OSHA Form 300A data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) until midnight on Dec. 31, 2017. OSHA will not take enforcement action against those employers who submit their reports after the December 15, 2017, deadline but before Dec. 31, 2017, final entry date. Starting […]

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