Tag: administration

OSHA Issues Interim Final Rules on Whistleblower Protection Provisions Under ACA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an interim final rule and request for comments regarding procedures for handling employee whistleblower complaints under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Section 1558. This part of the ACA added a new Section 18c to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which protects employees from retaliation for exercising certain … Continue Reading

When Is It Okay to Cuss Out Your Boss?

Most of us assume that if an employee swears at a manager or, he or she can be disciplined or even fired.  That assumption may be wrong, depending on the context in which the swearing occurs.  A federal judge recently held that the Federal Aviation Administration violated federal labor law when it removed a local union president from its premises … Continue Reading

ICE Targets Employers by Launching I-9 Audit Program

Implementing a new audit initiative, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) has served Notices of Inspection on 652 businesses nationwide.  The notices inform employers that ICE will be inspecting their I-9’s and other employment records to ascertain whether the employers are in compliance with federal immigration laws and regulations. The Obama administration appears to be taking a new approach … Continue Reading

Senate Confirms Solis as Labor Secretary

The Senate confirmed California Representative Hilda Solis by a vote of 80 to 17 as the new Secretary of Labor in the Obama administration, ending several weeks of delays prompted by Republican concerns over her nomination and the disclosure that her husband paid $6,400 in tax liens earlier this year on his auto repair business. … Continue Reading

President Obama Nominates Wilma Liebman to Chair NLRB

Late last month, President Obama appointed Wilma B. Liebman to chair the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the agency that enforces federal labor law.  Click here to read the NLRB’s press release on the appointment.  Chairman Liebman has served on the Board since November 14, 1997.  First appointed by President Clinton, she is now serving her … Continue Reading

E-Verify Delayed (Again) Until May 21

Another delay for implementation of the mandatory E-Verify system:  The Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Services announced today that it will delay mandatory use of E-Verify until May 21, 2009.  Click here to read DHS’s press release.  Why the delay?  The Obama Administration wants additional time to review this and other rules that … Continue Reading

Obama Nominates Rep. Hilda Solis as Labor Secretary

Today’s New York Times is reporting that President-Elect Barack Obama will nominate California Representative Hilda Solis as his administration’s Secretary of Labor, the cabinet-level position that oversees the Department of Labor. John Sweeney, head of the AFL-CIO (a coalition of labor unions) praised the appointment of Solis to the position.  And not without good reason:  Solis has … Continue Reading

DOT Issues Final Rule on Commercial Drivers’ Hours

On November 19, the Department of Transportation‘s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration published a final rule on commercial drivers’ hours.  The key provisions: commercial motor vehicle drivers may continue to drive up to 11 hours within a single workday; and drivers may now reset their weekly limits after they have been off duty for at least 34 … Continue Reading
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