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Trump’s First 100 Days and a Look Ahead

Trump’s First 100 Days and a Look Ahead

President Donald Trump is just starting to make his mark on employment law, as he reaches his first 100 days in office on April 29. · Read More


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With a government funding deadline looming, Congress passed H.J. Res. 99, a seven-day Continuing Resolution (CR) for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY 2017), to fund the government through May 5, 2017, averting a federal shutdown scheduled to commence at midnight on Friday, April 28.

The Department of Labor's (DOL's) controversial 2016 rule expanding the number of workers who qualify for overtime pay should be updated to match inflation, according to President Donald Trump's nominee for labor secretary.

An Obama-era Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule extending the agency's authority to issue citations for record-keeping violations from six months to five years is one step closer to being repealed.

Donald Trump Takes Office:

It is time for HR professionals to review and prepare for President Donald Trump's proposed workplace policies:

Donald TrumpTrump’s Ideas for the Workplace
In some cases, President Donald Trump is calling for less regulation; in others, he calls for more. And his proposals aren't without some controversy. · Read More

Donald TrumpTrump's First 100 Days
Trump's first 100 days will be dedicated to initial steps such as repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and proposing paid maternity leave. · Read More

Workplace Policies

Senate Votes to Revoke OSHA Record-Keeping Rule

Senate Votes to Revoke OSHA Record-Keeping Rule

President Donald Trump can come through on his campaign promise to be a change agent if he "focuses like a laser" on domestic economic issues, such as replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to veteran journalist and host of "Fox News Sunday" Chris Wallace. · Read More


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Chris Wallace: Trump Can Be a Success If He Focuses on Health Care, Economic Issues
President Donald Trump can come through on his campaign promise to be a change agent if he "focuses like a laser" on domestic economic issues, such as replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to veteran journalist and host of "Fox News Sunday" Chris Wallace.


HR Professionals Should Expect More State and Local Legal Developments
There has been a clear trend over the last few years for state legislatures—not federal—to pass employment laws, and that's expected to continue, according to Jonathan A. Segal, an attorney with Duane Morris in Philadelphia and New York City.

Federal Departments' Withdrawal of Gender Identity Guidance Doesn't Change EEOC's Position
Even though two federal departments have rescinded guidance requiring schools to let people use bathrooms that match their gender identities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) still considers it illegal to discriminate against transgender people. 

House Votes to Block Last-Minute OSHA Rule
The House of Representatives voted on March 1 to block an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule that would have extended the agency's authority to issue citations for record-keeping rule violations from six months to about five years.

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Immigration Policies

How to Navigate Trump's Revised Immigration Ban

Trump Wants to Narrow H-1B Visa Program

To create more jobs for U.S. workers, President Donald Trump's latest executive order directs federal agencies to review and propose changes to the H-1B high-skilled guest worker visa program. To put those changes in place, though, requires action from Congress. · Read More


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President Trump’s Immigration Plans Jolt Staffing Strategies
Two days before President Donald Trump's revised travel ban goes into effect, immigration experts urged HR professionals to stay informed of the constantly changing legal developments around the ban.

In Focus: 'A Day Without Immigrants'
San Francisco is suing President Donald Trump over an executive order to withhold funds from "sanctuary cities" that don't comply with immigration-related requests from the federal government. Though the order isn't directly related to the workplace, employers in sanctuary cities may be prime targets for ICE raids and audits.

Suspended Travel Ban Impacting U.S. Business
A federal court ruling suspended President Trump's executive order of Jan. 27 that banned immigrants from seven countries from entering the United States. Still, the president's actions sent shock waves and confusion through the business community and prompted a nationwide immigrants' strike. Such a travel ban, if enacted, would have significantly changed how many U.S. companies do business.

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Cabinet & Nominations

Trump DOL Pick Says Overtime Rule Should Reflect Inflation

Overtime Rule Should Reflect Inflation,
Trump DOL Pick Says

The Department of Labor's (DOL's) controversial 2016 rule expanding the number of workers who qualify for overtime pay should be updated to match inflation, according to President Donald Trump's nominee for labor secretary. · Read More


Cabinet & Nomination News:

Alexander Acosta is Trump’s New Pick for Labor Secretary
A day after CKE Restaurants CEO Andrew Puzder withdrew his nomination for U.S. Labor Secretary, President Donald Trump announced his second pick for the job—Alexander Acosta, a Miami native who served in three presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed positions and who has a history of prosecuting high-profile figures and targeting white-collar crime.

Puzder Withdraws Nomination for Secretary of Labor
A controversial selection from the outset, CKE Restaurants CEO Andrew Puzder has withdrawn his nomination to lead the Department of Labor in the Trump administration, just the 13th cabinet choice to ever withdraw his nomination.

Donald Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Has Favored Employers in Past Decisions
In selecting Neil Gorsuch as a nominee to serve on the Supreme Court on Jan. 31, President Donald Trump chose someone very much in the mold of former Justice Antonin Scalia, court watchers agree.

New NLRB Acting Chairman May Tilt Board Pro-Business
President Donald Trump's naming of Philip Miscimarra as acting chairman of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Jan. 23 will shift the direction of the NLRB toward business interests, but dramatic changes won't happen until the board has filled its two vacant seats, according to Donald Schroeder, an attorney with Foley & Lardner in Boston.

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Health Care Policies

As ACA Remains Law, Focus Turns Back to Regulatory Relief

As ACA Remains Law,
Focus Turns Back to Regulatory Relief

Now that House leaders have withdrawn the GOP's American Health Care Act from further consideration, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will stay in effect and attention is turning to federal agencies for any regulatory relief they can give employers under the existing law. · Read More


Trump's Health Care Policies:

House Republicans, Short of Votes, Withdraw Health Care Bill
After several hours of debate on Friday, March 24, House GOP leaders, with support from President Donald Trump, withdrew the American Health Care Act (AHCA) from further consideration. It was a dramatic acknowledgement that they had been unable to find sufficient votes to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


Congress Considers Bills to Reform More than the Affordable Care Act
Not all health care legislation being debated in Congress is about repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Efforts to protect worksite wellness initiatives,  address the regulation of self-insured health plans and help small businesses band together in shared health plans are also underway.

Federal Departments' Withdrawal of Gender Identity Guidance Doesn't Change EEOC's Position
Even though two federal departments have rescinded guidance requiring schools to let people use bathrooms that match their gender identities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) still considers it illegal to discriminate against transgender people. 

House Votes to Block Last-Minute OSHA Rule
The House of Representatives voted on March 1 to block an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule that would have extended the agency's authority to issue citations for record-keeping rule violations from six months to about five years.


What Would Happen to Covered California After ACA Repeal?
Republican members of Congress are talking about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has left many Californians wondering what will happen to their coverage under the state's federally subsidized exchange plans.

Politics in the Workplace

Post-Election Emotions Run High in the Workplace

Post-Election Emotions Run High in the Workplace

When Lisa North got to work on Nov. 9, just a few hours after Donald Trump was named the U.S. president-elect, she wasn't prepared for what she encountered: Some workers were weeping. Others were expressing horror and dread about the future. Others came to work late that day. · Read More


Politics in the Workplace News:

Employers’ Usual Rules Apply to National General Strikers
Businesses can enforce their typical absence rules if their workers participate in the Feb. 17 National General Strike, but exercise caution in those rare circumstances where participation constitutes protected concerted activity.

Executive Onboarding Lessons from Presidential Transitions
Imagine what would happen if your company’s entire executive leadership and management teams up and left at the same time, handing over their badges and turning off the lights without leaving so much as a list of tips behind for the folks who would replace them. Thousands of vacancies would open up in an instant—and your HR team would have less than three months to recruit for those positions.

Presidential Election Is Stressing Out Workers, Hurting Productivity
The contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for president of the United States stressed out workers and incited workplace arguments that hurt productivity, according to findings by the American Psychological Association.


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