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Health Care Reform

Administration Urges Supreme Court to Decide the Constitutionality of the Health Care Law
In a move certain to up the ante in a contentious 2012 presidential campaign, on Sept. 28 the Obama administration urged the U.S. Supreme Court to decide, once and for all, the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and its mandate requiring most Americans to obtain health care insurance.  [ More

Regulatory Developments

Regulatory Actions Motivate SHRM Grassroots Advocates
SHRM members have always been interested in the process and legal requirements surrounding union organizing activities. However, actions this year by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), coupled with the rollout of SHRM’s grassroots Advocacy Team (A-Team) program, have provoked robust input from members, state councils, and chapters.  [ More ]

Two Federal Agencies Partner to Root Out Worker Misclassification
On Sept. 19, the U.S. Department of Labor and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced a new joint effort to “end the business practice of misclassifying employees” as independent contractors or subcontractors in order to reduce labor costs.  [ More ]

Capitol Hill Update

Employment Verification Bill Approved by House Committee
Last week, legislation to reform the federal government’s employment verification program cleared its first congressional hurdle.  [ More ] 

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