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Health Care Act Passes House, But Faces Uncertain Future

On May 4th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the “American Health Care Act” by a 217-213 vote, but the bill faces a very uncertain future in the U.S. Senate, where it is extremely unlikely to pass unscathed, if it passes that body at all. Until then, the Affordable Care Act, a/k/a Obamacare, is still in effect. ¬† The stakes for employers are high, whether Obamacare stays in effect or is repealed or replaced in whole or in part. ¬†Stay…

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Alex Acosta Confirmed and Sworn in as Labor Secretary

On April 28th, the U.S. Senate confirmed Alex Acosta as the newest Labor Secretary by a somewhat bipartisan vote of 60-38, and he was sworn in the next day. Two of the most important issues Secretary Acosta will need to deal with very soon are the revised rules on the Fair Labor Standards Act white-collar exemptions and the “fiduciary rule” on employee benefit plans.

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