Like Other DOL Agencies, OFCCP to Beef Up Enforcement

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is receiving a 33-percent budget increase for fiscal 2011 and will use the money to hire 213 new compliance officers and launch a more rigorous enforcement program. The OFCCP is tasked with monitoring compliance with federal labor laws and regulations by contractors working on federal government contracts. […]

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WalMart Set to Cash in on EHR Boom

You don’t get to be the world’s largest retailer without having some chops. Evidently reading the Obamaic tea leaves during the 2008 campaign, WalMart set in motion a plan to market Electronic Health Record (EHR) computer systems to physicians, and in so doing has come up with a system that shaves 50 percent off the […]

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Stimulus Plan: $798B, But Just 18.5 Percent* for Jobs

I just went through the list of items covered in the final version of the stimulus plan (so called) and added up all the sums that were targeted at projects that could actually lead to jobs. I came up with $146.2 billion, which figures out to be 18.5 percent of the whole pie. The rest […]

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Obama Plays the Executive Order Cat-and-Mouse Game

Nothing new here, as both Democrats and Republicans do it. When Dubya came to office, he reversed Clintonian mandates, and now Barack Obama has taken a few swipes at George W. and his executive orders. First, under the Rahm Emanuel rule, all government agencies have been forced to place on hold any directives that hadn’t […]

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President to Sign Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Today

No doubt emblematic of his entire time in office, President Barack Obama will sign his first piece of legislation today–a labor law that overturns a Bush-era Supreme Court decision. Lilly Ledbetter, who was the subject of that Supreme Court ruling, will be there when Obama inks the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law. The […]

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Labor Law Changes Coming in 2009: A Preview

I‘ve been following the News Alerts and other features at Personnel Concepts and note that big changes are coming labor’s way next year even before the new president is sworn in on Jan. 20. First, there are a lot of clarifications and updates to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). For one, it now covers […]

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