NLRB Extends Commentary Period on Representative Elections

To aid in the consideration of the issues involving the 2014 Election Rule, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is extending the time for filing responses to the Request for Information Regarding Representation Election Regulations published in the Federal Register. The submission window is currently open and interested parties may file responses on or before Monday, […]

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Amazon Leads Charge to Modernize Health Care Delivery Systems

Amazon, a web retailing pioneer, and investment giants Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase on Tuesday announced an initiative to enter the health care delivery field, promising quality care “at a reasonable price.” Health care stocks, and the stock market in general, followed by tanking in value. The leaders of each company — Amazon’s Jeff […]

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Azar Sworn in at HHS as Agency Touts Its Accomplishments

Former pharma executive Alex Azar has been sworn in as the head of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), following the release of an agency report touting its accomplishments under President Trump. At his swearing in this morning, Azar was tasked by President Trump to lower drug prices and wage a winning battle […]

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EEOC Reduces Charge Workload to Lowest Level in 10 Years

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today announced that 84,254 workplace discrimination charges were filed with the federal agency nationwide during fiscal year (FY) 2017, and secured $398 million for victims in the private sector and state and local government workplaces through voluntary resolutions and litigation. The EEOC resolved 99,109 charges in FY 2017 (97,443 […]

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Budget Resolution Includes Three More Tax Cuts

The continuing resolution to fund the federal government through Feb. 8, now working its way to the president’s desk, includes three tax cuts that will add $31 billion to the deficit since the deal includes no spending offsets. The three taxes, all related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), have proven vastly unpopular on The […]

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Children’s Health Insurance Program — CHIP — Gets Six-Year Extension

With seven states having nearly exhausted their funds for the program, a Congressional continuing resolution to fund the federal government through Feb. 8 has breathed new life into the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to the tune of six years of guaranteed funding. The deal has been on the table since last week, but on […]

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Companies Can Begin Submitting Injury-Illness Data Electronically Now

Although the official deadline to do so isn’t until July 1, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is now accepting injury and illness data electronically for calendar year 2017. The Injury Tracking Application (ITA) is accessible from the ITA launch page, where businesses can provide the agency their 2017 OSHA Form 300A information. OSHA is […]

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EEOC Raises Notification Posting Fine to $545

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has adjusted for inflation its violation fine for failing to post its “EEO is the Law” notification from $534 to $545. Those of you who display Personnel Concepts’ Space Saver-1 All-On-One State and Federal Labor Law Poster will generally fulfill this posting requirement. The EEOC also encourages posting the […]

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HHS Allows States to Ban Planned Parenthood from Medicaid

On Friday, Jan. 19, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced two major actions — in its words — “to protect life and the conscience rights of Americans.” HHS’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is issuing new guidance to state Medicaid directors restoring state flexibility to decide program standards. The letter […]

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HHS Launches Conscience and Religious Freedom Division

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) this morning announced the formation of a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division in the HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The Conscience and Religious Freedom Division has been established to restore federal enforcement of our nation’s laws that protect the fundamental and unalienable rights of conscience […]

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