Courts Review Obama Wellness Rules

And, it’s not only Congress looking to overturn Obama era regulations. The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) last year brought a challenge against a contradiction in the treatment of employee wellness programs – employers being encouraged to offer them under the Affordable Care Act and anti-discrimination laws preventing employers from coercing their workers to…

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FDA Kicks Menu Labeling Down The Road

Although we have to believe most affected restaurant chains were all ready for the new menu labeling requirements to become effective today, May 5 – it’s not necessarily a bad turn of events that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is delaying implementation of the mandate until 2018. The requirement, which was mandated as part…

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House Backs Comp Time Option

As you now know, the US House yesterday afternoon passed the American Health Care Act of 2017 that repeals and replaces Obamacare, but the major media outlets will provide you with all the details on that issue. Perhaps equally important to you, it also passed the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 (HB1180) by a…

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Dismantling Obama ‘Legacy’

Notwithstanding the failure to ‘repeal and replace’ Obama Care with the American Health Care Act last week, the Obama legacy is in large measure being steadily and systematically dismantled by Congress and President Trump. This past week, the President signed a number of CRA (Congressional Review Act) resolutions into law – the first blocks an…

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Redirection Underway

When elected President in 2008, Barack Obama promised to “fundamentally change America”. Eight years later, Donald Trump, after his own election promised to undo much of that Obama ‘legacy’, and with republicans in control of both the House and Senate, that effort is well underway. This week, the US Senate passed repeal of the Fair…

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Congress Releases ACA Replacement Parameters

They’re not yet ready to completely dismantle Obama Care, but Congress is steadily moving the ball in that direction. Last week, Congressional republicans unveiled a 19-page Policy Brief and Resources Report that establishes the parameters they will use in repealing and replacing the signature accomplishment of the Obama administration. The document, formally released to the…

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President Gets Right To Work

He’s just been in office one week, but President Trump wasted no time implementing some of his campaign promises and otherwise shaking up the Washington landscape. On Inauguration Day last week, one of his first Executive Orders was a blanket freeze on all new or pending federal regulations. Essentially, the order immediately halted any lingering…

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What’s Brewing: Calorie Labeling, Minimum Wage, Sick Leave

Dunkin’ franchise owners can expect to find a friendlier ear in federal government now that Republicans control both Congress and the White House. Any attempts to raise the minimum wage on the federal level are arguably pretty much DOA now. Ditto for other issues, such as reclassifying managers as hourly workers, and union-friendly rulings by…

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Dismantling Obama Care

The United States Senate passed a fiscal 2017 budget resolution early Thursday, the first step in the process of repealing Obamacare through a powerful, majority-vote mechanism known as reconciliation.  The 51- 48 vote came after many hours of debate on an array of Democratic amendments intended to squeeze Republicans for targeting the health law. The…

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EEOC Clarifies Wellness Programs

There has long been a conflict on wellness programs between the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the provisions of the Affordable Care Act – with employers caught in the crossfire. It would appear that at long last, EEOC has clarified the provisions as relates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination…

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