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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. Read the rest of entry »

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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NLRB Decisions Effect Union Elections and Bargaining Units

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in August issued two decisions that hurt employees’ rights by inhibiting their ability to petition for a secret-ballot election after an employer recognizes a union as a monopoly bargaining agent and by creating a new standard for a bargaining unit. Read the rest of entry »

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.
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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 »

OSHA Proposes Revisions to Reporting Requirements; Launches Recordkeeping Website

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) June 22 issued a proposed rule that would expand its injury and illness tracking and reporting requirements. 
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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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