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Beltway Buzz, October 20, 2017

Deal or No Deal? Bipartisan ACA Agreement Faces Challenges. A bipartisan agreement forged by senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) that would temporarily restore funding for cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) is in limbo, already generating supporters and detractors—and mixed signals from the president.

Top Five Labor Law Developments for September 2017

An employer violated the National Labor Relations Act when it discharged an employee who protested an unlawful confidentiality policy, even though the employee protested without the involvement of any coworkers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has held.

Are Your Compliance Training Efforts Keeping Pace With Industry Standards?

As 2017 winds down, and the window closes to complete any mandatory training, Kevin O’Neill, Senior Director of Littler Learning Group, chats with Dawn McKenney-Maxwell of Littler’s Knowledge Management team about employer training initiatives. Kevin identifies hot topics – social media and bystander training, for example – and reviews employer anti-harassment training duties, particularly in California. Kevin discusses how training approaches continue to evolve and how employers can embrace new trends and technology to make employee training more effective.

Getting Ahead of the Curve: How the Use of AI in HR Benefits Employers and Candidates

Dr. Zev Eigen, Global Director of Data Analytics with Littler, hosts Athena Karp, CEO and founder of HiredScore, for this next installment of the Big Data Initiative Podcast series.

The Future is Freelance

Yesterday, Upwork and the Freelancers Union published the results of Freelancing in America: 2017, a comprehensive annual measure of the U.S. independent workforce. The report’s findings are wide-ranging, from the number of people who freelance (57.3 million), to the annual contribution of freelance earnings to the economy ($1.4 trillion), to the generation with the highest percentage of freelance workers (no surprise: Millennials at 47%).

The Holiday Hiring Frenzy: 10 Tips That Will Keep You Off the Naughty List

It’s that time of year again—many employers, especially retailers and hospitality employers, are hiring seasonal workers for the holiday shopping season. Despite the challenge of adding so many employees in a short period of time, human resources departments should be cautious of taking shortcuts with recruiting, onboarding, and training. Below are 10 tips to keep in mind during this hectic time of year.

Ogletree Deakins International Video Series: At-Will Employment

In the final chapter of our four-part video series, Bonnie Puckett, of counsel in our International Practice Group, and Jean Kim, an associate in our International Practice Group, discuss the absence of at-will employment outside the U.S. Tune in to our five-minute video below, in which they cover considerations for U.S.-based in-house counsel who need to know how to structure—and dissolve—employment relationships outside the U.S.

Beltway Buzz, October 13, 2017

Trump Signs New Executive Order Threatening ACA. Following last month’s senatorial defeat on full repeal-and-replace—after which Congress vowed to move on to tax reform and other lower hanging fruit—the Trump administration is trying a new tactic by issuing a comprehensive executive order (EO) on October 12, 2017. Though administration officials intend for the new EO to be the “first steps to providing millions of Americans with Obamacare relief,” critics fear the order might cause the present health care marketplace to implode like the Washington Nationals in the playoffs, resulting in widespread loss of quality coverage . Although details are few at this time, the EO expands the availability of three already existing alternatives to ACA-covered health plans:

The Potential Perils Of "Managing Through The Payroll"

Management's already-daunting, time-consuming responsibilities are further complicated by the need to motivate employees to do desirable things and to deter them from doing unwanted things. It is therefore understandable that employers might look for indirect, "set it and forget it" ways to accomplish this that do not involve the actual, day-by-day supervision of a worker's conduct.

Turning the Ship: Labor & Employment Developments Thus Far in the Trump Administration

In this podcast, WPI Co-Chairs Ilyse Schuman and Michael Lotito review the status of several labor and employment issues, as the Trump Administration closes out its first nine months. Ilyse and Michael discuss pending nominations to fill numerous key positions within the Department of Labor, EEOC, and National Labor Relations Board. They address anticipated changes to the EEO-1 report and the overtime rule, both of which are under reconsideration by the new leadership. Join Ilyse and Michael as they explore regulatory and legislative developments at the federal and state levels, including potential clarification on what it means to be a joint employer.