President Barack Obama signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, which repeals the automatic enrollment requirement mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), increases OSHA penalties and addresses employer premiums with respect to pensions.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued new policies on the process for resolving whistleblower complaints. The new policies are intended to create an early resolution process as part of a regional alternative dispute resolution (ADR) program.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published guidance for employers on best practices regarding restroom access for transgender workers based on OSHA's sanitation standard, which requires that all covered employers provide employees with sanitary and available toilet facilities.
Oklahoma has become the 46th state to ban texting while driving. An Oklahoma employer that uses commercial drivers or that requires employees to drive as part of their work assignments (e.g., traveling sales professionals) will need to update its driving policies to comply with this new law.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) initiated a first-of-its-kind enforcement action intended to regulate confidentiality provisions in a workplace agreement that could potentially stifle whistleblowers.
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