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Federal Agencies Issue Contingency Plans As Government Shutdown Looms

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. On Thursday evening, the House of Representatives passed a...more

DOL Issues Proposal Governing Association Health Plans

The Department of Labor has issue a proposed rule providing direction for sole proprietors and businesses to set up Association Health Plans (AHPs). This rulemaking stems from President Trump’s October 12, 2017 Executive...more

WPI State of the States: A Busy December Signals a Wild 2018 for Employers

Despite the holiday break in most statehouses and city halls, legislators were quite productive in December. More than 40 employment-related bills were introduced or advanced last month, across nearly 20 states and...more

What Notable Employment Provisions are in the Tax Bill?

The first significant piece of legislation to make it to President Trump's desk, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), includes an employer tax credit for providing paid family and medical leave, elimination of a business...more

Review, Revise or Rescind – Agency Plans and Unified Agenda Reveal More Regulatory Editing is in Store for 2018

The Trump administration's Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions ("regulatory agenda"), released on December 14, 2017, indicates agencies are taking a hard look at existing rules, and treading lightly with new...more

Approved Senate Tax Bill Addresses Paid Leave, Sexual Harassment Settlement Nondisclosures

Buried in the massive Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), the tax overhaul legislation the Senate approved on December 2, 2017, is a section providing a tax credit to employers that provide their employees with paid family and...more

Approved Senate Tax Bill Addresses Paid Leave, Sexual Harassment Settlement Nondisclosures

Buried in the massive Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), the tax overhaul legislation the Senate approved on December 2, 2017, is a section providing a tax credit to employers that provide their employees with paid family and...more

New NLRB GC Memorandum Signals Changes are Ahead

The National Labor Relations Board's new General Counsel, Peter Robb, has wasted no time in taking steps to chart a new direction for the Board. Two weeks after being sworn in as General Counsel, Robb has issued Memorandum...more

WPI State of the States: Lawmakers Trade Jostling Bills for Jingle Bells

With the holidays in full swing, state legislators across the country are enjoying a bit of a lull. December traditionally marks the calm before the storm, as most legislatures are out of session and will reconvene in...more

WPI Insider Briefing – A Taxing Year Races to the Finish Line

As the Thanksgiving holiday approached, Republican lawmakers in both chambers of Congress made progress toward their singular legislative priority to enact comprehensive tax reform. Facing uncertainty in the 2018 midterm...more

Agency Heads Discuss Changes in Regulatory Direction During Federalist Society Panel

The current leaders of the Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and National Labor Relations Board addressed transitions and regulatory plans at their respective agencies at a November 16 forum. ...more

Labor Secretary Discusses DOL Priorities During House Committee Hearing

Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta fielded a range of questions on the DOL's priorities during a November 15 hearing before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Although members of the Committee inquired about...more

Republican Lawmakers Try New Approach to Paid Leave, Workplace Flexibility

In an effort to promote workplace flexibility and streamline employer paid leave obligations, three members of the House of Representatives on November 2, 2017 introduced a bill that takes a novel approach to promote...more

WPI Insider Briefing: Will the New Composition of Federal Agencies Effect Change?

Nine months into President Trump’s term, the pace of nominations and appointments to fill critical position within his administration is accelerating. Action on the nominations to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB),...more

President Trump Issues Executive Order to Reshape Health Insurance Market

After failing to achieve a legislative solution to "repeal and replace" the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Trump issued an executive order (EO) on October 12, 2017, designed to promote “healthcare...more

WPI State of the States: Major Bills Advance in September, With More on Deck for October

The baseball pennant races are about to kick off, but not all the action is on the field. Roughly a dozen state legislatures were in session during September, and they considered more than 50 labor and employment bills....more

WPI Insider Briefing: Post-Labor Day Report

Labor Day once again served as an occasion for many policymakers around the country to focus on laws and regulations governing the workplace. The holiday capped a relatively quiet month in Washington as lawmakers left town...more

WPI State of the States: Labor Day Edition

The holiday weekend marked the end of summer fun, but state legislatures across the country remained hard at work in August. Roughly nine statehouses are in active session. In other jurisdictions, such as Florida and Ohio,...more

D.C. Circuit Rejects Labor Board Joint Employer Determination

On August 4, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit refused to enforce a holding by the National Labor Relations Board (Board) that the Cable News Network (CNN) was a joint employer. In the...more

WPI State of the States: Statehouses Continue to Release Summer Blockbusters

Despite recent publicity surrounding bills pending in the U.S. Congress, state legislatures have not lost their focus. More than 30 states have concluded their legislative sessions, and another half-dozen are in recess. But...more

House Introduces Bipartisan Bill Designed to Ease Joint Employer Uncertainty

On July 27, 2017, House Republicans unveiled a bill, entitled the Save Local Business Act, that would amend two labor and employment statutes to clarify when an entity can be deemed a “joint employer.” At a press conference...more

Federal Agencies Scale Back Their Workplace Regulatory Ambitions

During the prior administration, congressional gridlock prevented many significant labor and employment bills from advancing. Federal agencies picked up the slack, issuing several rules to help carry out much of President...more

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