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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Employers Must Post Form 300(A) by Feb. 1

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to post its Form 300(A) each Feb. 1, detailing the previous year’s work-related injuries and illnesses. The form must be left posted in a conspicuous place until April 30. Two exemptions exists: One for employers who had 10 or fewer employees all year long, the other […]

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John Ring Nominated to NLRB

President Trump on Friday nominated business lawyer John Ring to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to fill the seat of the departed Philip Miscimarra, who left in December. If Ring is approved by the Senate, Republicans would retain a 3-2 majority on the NLRB through 2020. Ring is co-chairman of the labor/management relations practice at […]

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IRS Releases Withholding Tax Tables for 2018

The Internal Revenue Service has released Notice 1036, which updates the income-tax withholding tables for 2018 reflecting changes made by the tax reform legislation enacted last month. This is the first in a series of steps that IRS will take to help improve the accuracy of withholding following major changes made by the new tax law. […]

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On the Minimum Wage Front: The Good and the Bad

While Walmart is using tax reform to raise its nationwide minimum wage to $11 an hour and to grant bonuses, the Red Robin restaurant chain is reacting to mandated minimum wage laws by laying off all of its busboys. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon in a press release explained why he had made the decision: “Tax reform gives us […]

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States Can Now Add Work or Job Training Requirements to Medicaid

UPDATE: One day after announcing states could institute work requirements for Medicaid, Kentucky became the first state to do so as CMS approved its 2016 waiver request. The state now requires able-bodied adult recipients to participate in at least 80 hours per month of “employment activities,” which include jobs training, education and community service. The […]

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DOL Revives Practice of Issuing FLSA Opinion Letters

In early January, the Department of Labor (DOL) reissued 17 opinion letters that the Obama DOL had quashed in favor of issuing broadly applicable “Administrator’s Interpretations,” two of which have now been rescinded by the Trump DOL. The 17 opinion letters regarding wage and hour issues were promulgated in the late days of the Bush […]

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