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Trump Issues Executive Orders Aimed at Rolling Back Affordable Care Act

XpertHR • October 15, 2017
President Trump has issued two executive orders intended to weaken the regulatory structure supporting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) after efforts to repeal the health care law failed in Congress. The first order asks the US Department of Labor (DOL) to propose rules to allow more employers to participate in association health plans. The other order halts payment of subsidies to healthcare insurers.

The Potential Perils Of "Managing Through The Payroll"

Fisher Phillips • October 15, 2017
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.

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Ogletree Deakins • October 15, 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:

Virginia Uniform Trade Secrets Act Prohibits Improper Acquisition of Trade Secrets, Regardless of Subsequent Use

Jackson Lewis P.C. • October 15, 2017
Misappropriation of trade secrets claims can sometimes be difficult to sustain. While evidence of the taking of a trade secret may be available, evidence of its subsequent use may not.

New California Law Mandates Small Businesses Provide Parental Leave

Ogletree Deakins • October 15, 2017
On October 12, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed the New Parent Leave Act into law, extending unpaid leave to bond with a new child within one year of the child’s birth, adoption, or foster care placement to employees of businesses with as few as 20 employees. Commenting on Senate bill (SB) 63, Governor Brown stated, “today’s actions will make a positive difference for women, children and families across the state.”

NYC Issues Additional Guidance on Upcoming Salary Inquiry Prohibitions

Jackson Lewis P.C. • October 15, 2017
Effective October 31, 2017, New York City employers generally may not inquire about or rely upon a job applicant’s salary history in making employment decisions. The New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) previously released an Employer Fact Sheet and a Job Applicant Fact Sheet to assist employers and employees with understanding the law.

City Council Passes “Hands Off, Pants On” and Automated External Defibrillator Ordinances for Chicago Hotels

Franczek Radelet P.C • October 15, 2017
On October 11, 2017, the Chicago City Council passed the so-called "Hands Off, Pants On" Ordinance requiring Chicago hotel employers to provide all housekeepers and restroom workers who work alone with mobile notification devises or “panic buttons” that summon hotel security or management to the employee’s location when he or she “reasonably believes that an ongoing crime, sexual harassment, sexual assault or other emergency is occurring in the employee's presence.” In passing the Ordinance, the City Council relied on, among other factors, a recent study that revealed nearly 50% of female housekeepers reported some form of sexual harassment from hotel guests. The Ordinance seeks to provide these employees with greater legal protection from sexual harassment by guests.
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