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From the category archives: Politics & Policy

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Health Care Law Update: ABC Comments on Exchanges, Summary of Benefits

ABC in October submitted comments on two proposed rulemakings designed to implement provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The comments were on establishing health care exchanges and qualified plans and summary of benefits and glossary of terms. Read the rest of entry »

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.  Read the rest of entry »

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.  
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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. 
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HHS Issues Proposed Rule on Exchange Provision in Health Care Law

The Department of Health and Human Services July 15 issued a proposed rule related to the health care exchange provision in the health care law. By Jan. 1, 2014, individuals and small businesses will be able to purchase private health insurance through state-based competitive marketplaces, called Health Insurance Exchanges. Read the rest of entry »

DOL Narrows Exemption For reporting For Labor Consultants And Employers

The Department of Labor’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) June 21 published a notice of proposed rulemaking 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 by both the consultant and the employer. 
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NLRB Proposal Would Shorten Union Election Timeframes

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) June 22 issued a notice of proposed rulemaking that would overhaul the procedures surrounding a secret ballot election in a union organizing campaign, potentially reducing the amount of time between when a petition is filed and elections take place from approximately 40 days to as few as 10 days. The reduction in time before an election could significantly impede an employer’s ability to educate its employees about the pros and cons of union representation. 
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IRS And Treasury Seek Comments On Shared Responsibility Provision In Health Care Law

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) May 3 announced that they are seeking comments from stakeholders on the shared responsibility provisions included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Read the rest of entry »

More Information Release on Grandfathered Health Plans

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury recently issued another set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding grandfathered health plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).
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More Information Released On Grandfathered Health Plans

The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury recently issued another set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding grandfathered health plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). 
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