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DOL Delays H-2B Wage Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Nov. 29 announced it has postponed the effective date for its revised H-2B wage calculation methodology from Nov. 30, 2011 to Jan. 1, 2012.

ABC Joins Group To Support Repeal Of The Health Insurance Tax

ABC is joining more than 30 other organizations as part of the Stop the HIT Coalition to support the Jobs and Premium Protection Act (S. 1880), introduced Nov. 16 in the U.S. Senate, which would repeal the Health Insurance Tax (HIT) contained in Section 9010 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). 

Overview Of Health Care Reform Developments In 2011

To help members get a greater understanding of their obligations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), or health care law, ABC is offering an overview of the developments that took place in 2011. 

Decision To Rush Vote On Ambush Elections Brings NLRB Under Fire

The two-member Democratic majority of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has come under fire for a decision to schedule a Nov. 30 vote on a proposal that could dramatically shorten the length of time between when a petition is filed and a union election takes place. NLRB Member Brian Hayes, ABC and U.S. House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R – Minn.) have publicly criticized the move. 

ABC Joins Coalition In Offering Feedback On PPACA Provisions

ABC, as part of the Employers for Flexibility in Health Care (EFHC) coalition, submitted comments on provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) regarding the health insurance premium tax credit; eligibility determinations and exchange standards for employers; and the health coverage affordability safe harbor for employers. 

ABC Joins Coalition In Offering Feedback On PPACA Provisions

ABC, as part of the Employers for Flexibility in Health Care (EFHC) coalition, submitted comments on provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) regarding the health insurance premium tax credit; eligibility determinations and exchange standards for employers; and the health coverage affordability safe harbor for employers.

Court Overturns Ordinance Restricting Bidding On City Projects

AIA Contract Documents A Massachusetts Federal District Court Oct. 4 ruled against a “responsible employer ordinance (REO)” in Fall River, Mass., that contained provisions favoring city residents. The ordinance also contained requirements that employers must provide group health insurance and a pension plan or annuity, and maintain an apprenticeship program before being eligible to work on city projects. 

The Obama Administration’s One-Two Punch Against Employers

During the last presidential campaign, then-candidate Barack Obama proudly told audiences, “We need to strengthen our unions by letting them do what they do best—organize our workers … That's why I am fighting to pass the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)…We'll make it the law of the land when I'm president.” When Democrats took the White House and held onto Congress in November 2008, Obama’s promise seemed all but certain. However, EFCA, also known as “card check,” met with quick and persistent resistance from both sides of the aisle. The passage of EFCA, which at one time seemed inevitable, stalled and the bill languished in committee for the remainder of the 111th Congress.  

More Than 500 ABC Members Tell DOL To Scrap Persuader Rule

More than 500 ABC members joined ABC in submitting comments to the Department of Labor asking them to reconsider and withdrawa proposed rule that would expand the circumstances in which consultant services provided to an employer that are used to inform employees about their rights to collective bargaining would have to be reported. 

EPA Again Delays Rules For Stormwater Turbidity On Construction Sites

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Aug. 12 announced plans to withdraw the numeric limit portion of its stormwater management regulations for construction sites, the Effluent Limitations Guidelines (ELG). The rule originally was slated to take effect in January 2011, butenforcement was suspended due to challenges filed by industry groups and the U.S. Small Business Administration.