The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued a final regulation green-lighting the expanded adoption of “association health plans” (or “AHPs”) by self-employed individuals and small businesses.  This new rule is in response to an Executive Order issued last October in which President Trump sought to, among other things, “expand access to more affordable health coverage by permitting more employers to form AHPs.” In an article recently published by Bloomberg Tax, Alden Bianchi explains the background and contend of this new and important regulation and offers some predictions about the rule’s future

In advance of issuing the Executive Order that culminated in the promulgation by the Department of Labor of proposed regulations expanding the availability of Association Health Plans, President Trump announced that one of the purposes of the order was to allow people to buy health insurance “across state lines.” This post examines the consequences of, the obstacles to, and the inevitable clashes occasioned by, the interstate insurance sales of group health insurance.

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The New York Times reported yesterday that it received a draft executive order marked “pre-decisional and deliberative,” which contemplates granting a minimum of 56 hours of paid sick leave per year to employees of federal contractors and subcontractors.  The impact of such an order, were it to become legally binding, would be significant, affecting hundreds of thousands of workers across the U.S.

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Written by Jill Collins

Federal contractors must be straining their necks to see if they have an actual target on their backs. Last week, President Obama signed an executive order that requires federal contractors to disclose labor and employment law violations dating back three years. This latest Order follows a number of other executive directives from President Obama this year that target the labor and employment practices of government contractors, including a hike in the minimum wage, an expansion of overtime eligibility, and a ban on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The Order also requires government contractors to give their employees information concerning their hours worked, overtime hours, pay, and any additions to or deductions made from their pay. The stopgap measures come in a year where Congressional gridlock has thwarted many of the President’s more wide-reaching labor law initiatives.

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White House officials reported today that President Obama intends to sign an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The order would protect up to 16 million employees working for employers with federal contracts.

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Last week, President Obama issued two important directives aimed at ending gender pay disparities. The first, an Executive Order, prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors with government contracts exceeding $10,000 from retaliating against employees who discuss their compensation with their co-workers. The second, a Presidential Memorandum, directs the Department of Labor (DOL) to establish new regulations that would require federal contractors and subcontractors to provide summary compensation data by sex and race to the DOL, which would allow the DOL to enhance its enforcement of the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

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