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DOL Proposes More Permissive Association Health Plan Rule

Ogletree Deakins • January 21, 2018
Small businesses and self-employed individuals may soon have more options for obtaining affordable group health coverage. As directed by Executive Order 13813, on January 5, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released proposed regulations (83 Fed. Reg. 614) intended to increase the availability of association health plans (AHPs). The proposed regulations would achieve that aim by broadening the definition of “employer” to make it easier for employers to join together to sponsor an AHP for their employees.

"Daily Pay" and Cryptocurrency: Will Advances in Technology Change How Wages Are Paid?

Fisher Phillips • January 21, 2018
Technology seems to be advancing faster than we can keep up. These advances impact the employer community as well—even regarding basic things such as how, when, and in what manner wages are paid.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Reverses Course on Marijuana Enforcement

Ogletree Deakins • January 21, 2018
On January 4, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) position on enforcement of federal marijuana laws. Under the Obama administration, the DOJ adopted a hands-off approach to enforcing federal marijuana laws in those states where marijuana was legal for medical and/or recreational use. But in a one-page memorandum to U.S. attorneys, Sessions reversed this approach, emphasizing the fact that marijuana has and continues to be unlawful under the federal Controlled Substances Act.

Implications of a Government Shutdown for Employers and Educators

Franczek Radelet P.C • January 21, 2018
As the looming threat of a government shutdown becomes more real, we briefly review prior shutdowns and provide guidance on what employers and educators might anticipate. Government shutdowns are not as rare an occurrence as one might think; shutdowns have occurred in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1995, 1996, and 2013.

Implications of a Government Shutdown on Federal Contractors

Jackson Lewis P.C. • January 21, 2018
A government shutdown looms on January 20, when the current government funding expires at midnight on January 19. The fact that one political party has control of both the White House and Congress makes this instance historically unique.

Federal Agencies Issue Contingency Plans As Government Shutdown Looms

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • January 21, 2018
Unless Congress can finalize a budget by midnight tonight (January 19), the federal government will be forced to shut down due to a lack of appropriations.

What A Government Shutdown Would Mean For Employers

Fisher Phillips • January 21, 2018
If Congress cannot approve a budget by this Friday at midnight, the federal government will shut down. What will this mean for employers across the country? A look back at the most recent government shutdown will provide lessons on what you can expect.

The Government Shutdown's Impact on Immigration

Ogletree Deakins • January 21, 2018
On January 20, 2018, the federal government entered into a partial shutdown following Congress’s failure to reach an agreement to continue funding the federal government. Certain federal agencies that rely solely on government funding will not be able to provide most services. Agencies that receive funding from fees or other government sources are expected to remain open, but are expected to experience service delays. Immigration processes are expected to be impacted by the shutdown, as summarized below.

Trump Nominates John Ring to Fill NLRB Vacancy

XpertHR • January 21, 2018
President Trump has nominated John Ring, a management-side employment attorney with Morgan Lewis, to fill the vacancy on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). If confirmed, Ring would replace Philip Miscimarra, who consistently voted with employers during his term. He also would join fellow Trump nominees William Emanuel and Marvin Kaplan, both of whom joined the NLRB in 2017.

Beltway Buzz, January 19, 2018

Ogletree Deakins • January 21, 2018
Shutdown Showdown. Trying to keep track of the media reports on the negotiations being conducted to avoid a government shutdown has the Buzz feeling as confused as Lou Costello in his famous routine with his partner Bud Abbott (“What?” “Why?” “Who said what?”).