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► ACA Repeal Bill Falls Short of Required Votes

March 29, 2017

After days of unsuccessful negotiating, on March 24 republican lawmakers pulled their proposal to undo parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) when it became clear they did not have the necessary votes to pass the bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. Known as the American Health Care ...

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► OSHA List of Top 10 Safety Violations for 2016

March 27, 2017

Each year the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) publishes a list of the top 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations for the fiscal year. The list is compiled from nearly 32,000 inspections of workplaces by federal OSHA staff. While the list does not change ...

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► What to Do If ICE Shows Up at Your Workplace

March 24, 2017

The new administration recently announced increased enforcement of immigration policies and plans to increase Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) staff by 10,000 officers. These heightened enforcement efforts may include increased worksite visits. This means receptionists, crew managers, ...

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► New Written Notice Requirement For California Employers

March 22, 2017

Last September, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 2337 amending the Domestic Violence Employment Leave Act . The amendment creates a new written notice requirement for California employers. Under existing law, an employer with 25 or more employees is prohibited ...

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► Under ACA Replacement Plan Fewer Employers May Offer Insurance

March 20, 2017

On March 13, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its cost estimate of the effects of the proposed Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replace legislation. The CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) found the following: The legislation would reduce federal ...

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► FLSA Overtime Rules Likely to Undergo Changes

March 17, 2017

While no immediate change has been announced by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), employers are probably in for some wage and hour changes in the coming months, Tammy D. McCutchen told attendees at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) employment law and legislative conference. ...

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► Employer Actions that Can Increase Likelihood of a Lawsuit

March 15, 2017

Of all the expenses a business may incur, avoiding expensive and time-consuming lawsuits is a top priority for most employers. While the threat of litigation is a continual reality, by employing best practices in the workplace many lawsuits can be prevented altogether. In fact, there are numerous ...

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► DOL Granted May 1 Extension to Address Overtime Rules

March 6, 2017

The federal government has been granted more time to figure out what to do about overtime regulations that remain in judicial limbo. Last month, a federal appeals court granted the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) its second extension in the proceedings, giving it until May 1, 2017, to take a ...

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► USCIS Releases New Form I-9 Handbook for Employers

February 23, 2017

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released the newly revised Handbook for Employers—Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274). The Handbook provides employers with detailed guidance for completing Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The new 65-page ...

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► President Appoints New Head of EEOC

February 21, 2017

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced late last month that President Trump has named Victoria A. Lipnic to serve as acting chair of the EEOC. She will replace Jenny Yang as chair, but Democrats still will retain a majority on the commission for some time. ...

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