Lawmakers Press DOL for Joint Employer Definition

Two Congressmen have written Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Alex Acosta asking his agency to clarify a binding definition of joint employer, which the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is also toiling over via the final rule route. But Secretary Acosta is no fan of the regulatory process, believing Congress should be responsible in these […]

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When It Comes to Short-Term Health Plans, Some States Just Say No

While the Trump administration has rolled out plans to make available short-term health plans, up from the current 90 days to 12 months in duration, some states have already said they don’t want any part. Since the plans don’t have to include all the essential health benefits (EHBs) of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or […]

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Labor and Justice Departments to Crack Down on Visa Abuse by Employers

The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Labor (DOL) have expanded their collaboration to better protect U.S. workers from discrimination by employers who prefer to hire temporary visa workers over qualified U.S. workers. This new partnership, finalized in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), establishes protocols for the agencies […]

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Short-Term Health Plans to Be Offered Beginning in October

The departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor (DOL) and the Treasury (DOT) today issued a final rule allowing for the sale and renewal of short-term, limited-duration health plans that cover longer periods than the previous maximum period of less than three months. Such coverage can now cover an initial period of less than […]

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New York Leads Attorney General Coalition Fighting AHPs

Twelve “blue state” attorneys general, led by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, are taking the Trump administration to court over its final rule allowing the creation of newly invigorated Association Health Plans (AHPs). The coalition is targeting a final rule issued by the Department of Labor (DOL), which loosens and expands the definition of […]

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DOL Begins Process of Defining Independent Contractor Status

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DOL Rescinds the Persuader Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) has rescinded the 2016 Persuader Rule, which exceeded the authority of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act (LMRDA), according to its press release. The Persuader Rule impinged on attorney-client privilege by requiring confidential information to be part of disclosures and was strongly condemned by many stakeholders, including the American Bar […]

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Las Vegas Chamber Reviving Its Association Health Plan

The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce is reviving its once-thriving association health plan (AHP) under new rules released by the Department of Labor (DOL). Prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the chamber’s AHP served¬† some 20,000 members for nearly 30 years but was forced out of business because it didn’t meet the new […]

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DOL Targets $47M in Grants to Help Homeless Vets Get Jobs

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has announced the award of 163 Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) grants totaling $47,600,000. This funding will provide workforce reintegration services to more than 18,000 homeless veterans. “While serving in the military, veterans learn many skills desired in today’s workforce,” said Secretary Acosta. “These grants will help thousands of homeless […]

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White House Proposes Merging of Labor and Education Departments

In a long-rumored move, President Trump during a White House staff meeting today proposed merging the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Education (DOE) into a single branch to be known as the Department of Education and the Workforce. Efforts in the past to do similar agency reshuffling have been ignored by the Congress, which must […]

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