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EBSA extends comment period on proposed rules on filings required by MEWAs

March 8th, 2012

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration has announced a two-week extension of the comment period on its proposed rule requiring multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs) to register with the department.
Interested parties now have until March 19, 2012, to submit comments on the proposed rule via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov, or [Read more...]

Early Retiree Reimbursement Program benefitted 13 million retiree medical plan participants in 2010-11

March 7th, 2012

As of January 20, 2012, the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP) has provided $4.73 billion in reinsurance payments to more than 2,800 employers and other sponsors of retiree plans, with an average cumulative reimbursement per plan sponsor of approximately $189,700, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has reported.
At this time, CMS reported, the [Read more...]

National Right to Work Foundation slams federal court ruling upholding NLRB notice posting rule

March 7th, 2012

The National Right to Work Foundation (NRWF), an antiunion advocacy group, has condemned a ruling by a federal district court judge upholding a rule promulgated by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) requiring almost all employers to post a notice of their employees’ rights under the National Labor Relations Act.
Under the rule, employers who fail [Read more...]

Bill introduced to give employees statutory right to ask for flex scheduling

March 6th, 2012

Under legislation introduced last week in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, employees would have a statutory right to request flexible work terms and conditions. The legislation was previously introduced in the 110th and 111th Congresses, although no action was taken.
The Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 4106, S. 2142) would allow employees to ask [Read more...]

DOL announces webinars on changes to labor certification for guest workers

March 6th, 2012

The DOL published a notice in the Federal Register on Friday, March 2, publicizing dates for public meetings on the amendments to regulations governing the certification of temporary employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary or seasonal non-agricultural employment.
The final regulations, published February 21, also created new regulations allowing for enhanced enforcement under the H-2B program [Read more...]