Court Stays, OSHA Suspends ETS

Some important happenings this week with regards to the Biden administration’s vaccine mandates for employers with 100 or more employees. Following up on its original order granting an emergency stay against the Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS), the Circuit Court of Appeals for the 5th District, headquartered in New Orleans, went one better this week and…

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SCOTUS Limits Union Access

Speaking of important court decisions, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) rendered one a few weeks ago that can have major repercussions on unionizing efforts moving forward. The case stems from a 1975 state regulation implemented in California that allowed union organizers to enter an agricultural employer’s private property for the purpose of…

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Federal Court Tosses Obama Care Subsidies

A federal judge yesterday ruled the Obama administration does not have the authority under the Affordable Care Act to send billions of dollars of cost-reduction payments to insurers without an appropriation from Congress. “Cost sharing reduction payments” had been made to insurance companies to encourage their lowering deductibles and co-payments for low-income Americans who have…

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And Then There Were 3

The new persuader rule issued last week by the Department of Labor has now generated three separate legal challenges from the business community.  As we reported last week, the rule was first challenged in Arkansas by the National Association of Manufacturers among others.  This week, federal lawsuits were filed in the District Court in Minnesota…

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DOL Persuader Rule Challenged in Court

Speaking of federal courts, it seems the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas just became ground zero for the initial fight over the Department of Labor Union Persuader Rule, just finalized last week.  In response, a lawsuit was filed this week by the National Association of Manufacturers, the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce…

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NC Law Bans Local Minimums Wages And . . .

This is another one that will ultimately be decided by the courts . . . On the one hand, the North Carolina legislature acted quickly and decisively to safeguard the state’s economy from a patchwork of localized minimum wage mandates and employment dictates.  On the other hand, the fact that they also overturned a Charlotte…

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