New Law: Must Work for Food Stamps in West Virginia

First it was Medicaid, and now it’s food stamps, at least in West Virginia. With no fanfare or public announcement, that state’s governor, Jim Justice, just signed a measure requiring able-bodied adults, 18-49 who are without dependents, to work, volunteer or participate in workforce training programs for 20 hours per week to receive benefits through […]

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Iowa to Launch Association Health Plans: Will Others Follow?

A bill has landed on Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’s desk that will enable small businesses to band together to form association health plans that are exempt from the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). She is expected to sign it. The bill merges two legislative efforts to sidetrack the ACA and provide less expensive […]

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‘Death by Overwork’ Continues to Plague Japan

Drones flying through the office blaring music to force employees to leave work; workers being forced to don purple “shame capes” for working late — such are the latest strategies in Japan’s continuing struggle against karoshi, or “death by overwork.” That nation’s Labor Standards Act allows employers to set their own standards for overtime, meaning […]

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DOL Touts Benefits from Federal Budget Reconciliation Measure

The $1.3 trillion federal budget (good till the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30), signed by President Trump on March 23, includes targeted spending for the Department of Labor (DOL). Key Provisions in Omnibus Appropriations Bill: Apprenticeships: Apprenticeship is a proven workforce development strategy that helps Americans both earn wages and learn skills. […]

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Obamacare Subsidies, Tip-Pooling Wage Theft Out in Federal Budget Deal

BREAKING: The Senate approved the House version in the wee hours of Friday, March 23, and President Trump signed the measure the next day, averting a government shutdown. The bill funding the federal government through September still faces a stiff deadline of Friday at midnight ET, but at least the details are now becoming clear: […]

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HHS to Monitor Controlled Substance Prescriptions as Part of Opioid Abuse Program

As part of President Trump’s Initiative to Stop Opioid Abuse and Reduce Drug Supply and Demand announced March 19, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will spend $10 billion to help states monitor opioid prescriptions electronically. Part of the proposal would “require states to monitor high-risk billing activity to identify and remediate abnormal […]

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Chipotle Workers Challenge Overtime Rule Injunction — and Now Must Pay

A group of Chipotle workers in New Jersey filed suit to be paid under the Obama overtime rule that raised the exemption threshold to $47,476 a year, and U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant — who issued a permanent injunction against the rule — wasn’t too pleased. He ordered them to go back to work and […]

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DOL Launches Pilot Program to Help Fight Opioid Crisis

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has announced a new National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Demonstration Grant pilot program to help communities fight the opioid crisis. The Department of Labor (DOL) will initially fund seven to ten pilot programs with awards totaling $21 million. Secretary Acosta made the announcement during a visit to the Maryhaven Stabilization […]

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New EEOC General Counsel Nominated While Nomination for Chair Still Awaits Senate Action

President Trump’s nomination for chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Janet Dhillon, is still awaiting Senate action five months after being announced. Now into the mix comes the administration’s nomination for general counsel, Sharon Fast Gustafson. The general counsel has broad power to decide which legal cases the commission will pursue. Formerly an […]

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McDonald’s Joint Employer Lawsuit Set to Resume

BREAKING NEWS: A settlement has been reached with McDonald’s stipulating as part of the agreement that it is not a joint employer. An administrative law judge (ALJ) must now approve the deal, which lawyers for the plaintiffs vow to fight. In a case that could have wide-ranging implications for America’s largest franchisers, McDonald’s Corp. is […]

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