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February 2, 2017

State of the States: Legislatures are off to the Races!

Most state legislatures are back in session, and they are poised to address a wide range of labor and employment issues this year. Since January 1, 2017, more than 500 employment-related bills have been proposed in more than 40 states.

ASAP
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January 23, 2017

New Administration Orders Freeze of Pending Regulations, Takes Aim at the Affordable Care Act

One of the first acts of the new Administration on Inauguration Day was to issue a memorandum putting the brakes—at least temporarily—on federal regulations that have not yet taken effect, and to release an executive order regarding the ACA.

Insight
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December 12, 2016

Cal/OSHA Amendment Significantly Expands its Definition of “Repeat” Violations

Effective January 1, 2017, Cal/OSHA will be utilizing a broader definition of “Repeat” violation under California’s Health and Safety Code.

Insight
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December 12, 2016

Cal/OSHA Adopts First in the Nation Standard on Workplace Violence Prevention for Healthcare Employers

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board recently unanimously passed a new General Industry Safety Order entitled “Workplace Violence Prevention in Health Care."

Insight
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December 5, 2016

2017 Labor & Employment Laws: New Year, New Government, New Challenges

On January 1, 2017, employers across the nation will face a host of new or amended federal, state, and/or local labor and employment requirements.

Insight
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December 5, 2016

10 Considerations for Planning the 2016 Office Holiday Party

The end of the year brings many reasons to celebrate, and the vast majority of employers intend to make merry by hosting a holiday party of some sort. Nonetheless, a holiday party can create unintended negative consequences.

Insight
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December 5, 2016

EEOC Increases Scrutiny of Employer Actions Taken Against Prescription Drug Users

Two recent EEOC lawsuits alleging disability discrimination underscore the importance of engaging in an interactive process with job applicants and employees and providing reasonable accommodations to those taking prescription drugs for medical conditions

Insight
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December 5, 2016

DOT Creates CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, Imposing Employer Reporting and Query Obligations

On December 2, 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a final rule establishing a new “Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.”

WPI Report
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December 2, 2016

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report — December 2016

This edition of the Insider Report discusses efforts to block controversial regulations, highlights state and local ballot initiatives that succeeded on Election Day, and explains how the Trump Administration will attempt to “repeal and replace” the ACA.

Insight
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November 29, 2016

Court Declines to Enjoin OSHA Drug Testing and Safety Incentives Under the Electronic Recordkeeping Reporting Rule

On a very limited legal basis, a federal district court has declined to enjoin OSHA from enforcing portions of its new recordkeeping rule related to potentially retaliatory post-accident drug testing and safety incentive programs.

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