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Notices Issued Requesting Comments on Health Care Law

The Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued three notices related to the health care law that address minimum value and information reporting on health insurance coverage. In addition, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury issued a separate bulletin regarding verification of access to employer-sponsored coverage.
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Notices Issuces Requesting Comments On Health Care Law

The Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued three notices related to the health care law that address minimum value and information reporting on health insurance coverage. In addition, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury issued a separate bulletin regarding verification of access to employer-sponsored coverage.  
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EEOC Issues Updated Guidance on the Use of Criminal Background Checks

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on April 25 issued an updated Enforcement Guidance document that addresses the use of arrest and conviction records in employment decisions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. According to the EEOC chairwoman, “the new document clarifies and updates the longstanding policy concerning the use of arrest and conviction records in employment.” 
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Court Overturns Ordinance Restricting Bidding On City Projects

CLP Resources A Massachusetts Federal District Court on April 18 ruled against a “responsible employer ordinance” (REO) in Quincy, 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 »

ABC Asks Agency To Withdraw Rule Establishing Hiring Quotas

In an April 17 letter to a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee in response to its hearing, “Reviewing the Impact of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' (OFCCP) Regulatory and Enforcement Actions,” ABC reacted to a recent OFCCP proposed rulemaking that would set hiring quotas for federal contractors to employ workers with disabilities, in addition to requiring greatly increased recordkeeping and affirmative action steps.  
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NLRB “Ambush" Elections Rule Effective April 30

A controversial final rule issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in December 2011 that overhauls procedures for union representation elections becomes effective on April 30. 
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Appeals Court Rejects "Unreasonable" OSHA Citation Policy

OSHA must stick to a six-month statute of limitations when citing a company for failure to record an injury or illness and cannot treat such an event as a continuing violation throughout the five-year recordkeeping period, according to an April 6 decision by a federal appeals court. The decision overturned a position that had been in place since 1993. 
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Federal Court Blocks NLRB "Employee Rights" Poster Rule

ABC April 17 celebrated a victory when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit blocked implementation of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “employee rights” notice posting rule, which was scheduled to go into effect April 30. Under the rule, employers would have been required to display a poster in their workplace that contained a biased and incomplete list of employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act. 
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ABC Comments On Employer FAQs Regarding Health Care Law

As part of the Employers for Flexibility in Health Care (EFHC) coalition, ABC submitted comments April 5 to the U.S. Department of Labor on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to offer its suggestions on ensuring employer-sponsored coverage remains a competitive option for all employees, whether full time, part time, temporary or seasonal. 
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ABC Comments On Employer FAQS Regarding Health Care Law

As part of the Employers for Flexibility in Health Care (EFHC) coalition, ABC submitted comments April 5 to the U.S. Department of Labor on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to offer its suggestions on ensuring employer-sponsored coverage remains a competitive option for all employees, whether full time, part time, temporary or seasonal. Read the rest of entry »