2nd Circuit Sides with EEOC on Civil Rights Protections for Sexual Orientation

In a rare en banc decision, with just three of 13 judges dissenting, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does provide anti-discrimination protections based on one’s gender identity and sexual orientation. The decision in Zarda v. Altitude Express essentially affirms the position of the Equal […]

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20 States File Suit to Have ACA Ruled Unconstitutional

Using as its basis the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which repealed the tax penalty for not having health insurance, a coalition of 20 states has filed a lawsuit in a Texas federal court asking that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) be declared unconstitutional. Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III explained the reasoning: […]

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Apple Developing Private Health Care System for Employees and Families

Following an announcement by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase, Apple is beating that alliance to the punch by opening its own health care delivery system this spring called AC Wellness. The initiative’s nascent website likens the new service to a “concierge” system focused on two primary care units to begin with: AC Wellness […]

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OSHA Renews Entertainment Industry Alliances

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT), and International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada, AFL-CIO, CLC (IATSE) recently renewed their alliance to protect the safety and health of workers in the entertainment industry. […]

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Much Delayed, Title X Family Planning Grants Now Available from HHS

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Friday, Feb. 23,  announced the availability of $260 million in a new funding opportunity for the Title X family planning program to help improve and expand quality care. The funding opportunity will assist in the establishment and/or operation of voluntary family planning projects that will offer a broad range of […]

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Trump Administration Follows Through on Longer-Term Skimpy Health Plans

In direct response to President Trump’s October 2017 Executive Order, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and the Treasury today issued a proposed rule that is intended to increase competition, choice, and access to lower-cost healthcare options for Americans. The rule proposes to expand the availability of short-term, limited-duration health insurance by […]

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OSHA Urges Walk-By Inspections by Owners and Managers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a fact sheet urging owners and managers to conduct regular safety walk-arounds. The fact sheet states: There are at least two reasons why managers and owners should periodically conduct workplace inspections themselves. First, inspections demonstrate management’s commitment to improving safety and health by finding and fixing hazards. Second, […]

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GOP to Seek ‘Incremental’ Health Care Reform

While Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R.-Wisc.) told Fox Business that the new Republican goal was to seek “incremental” health care reform rather than repeal-and-replace, House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R.-Texas) said separately that the employer shared responsibility mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would be high on the chopping block. […]

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HHS Chief Says He Will Uphold the ACA

Health and Human Services (HHS) head Alex Azar, when pressed about the legality of Idaho’s plan to market non-Affordable Care Act (ACA) health policies, affirmed his support for the 2010 legislation that in essence federalizes standards for health insurance. “I’m not aware that our opinions or views have been solicited,” Azar said. “There are rules, […]

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Maryland Joins List of States Mandating Paid Sick Leave

Overriding Republican Gov. Pat Hogan’s veto, the Maryland legislature passed a paid-sick-leave law that took effect this past Sunday, but which critics say is so lacking in details that many businessowners are scrambling to figure out their new responsibilities. At its simplest level, the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act mandates that businesses with 15 or […]

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