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March 20, 2017

Budgets and Health Care

The last 2 weeks have been busy for the Trump administration and Congress. First, the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was introduced and according to Representative Ryan, it may be voted on by the House of Representatives this month. For details on what’s in the new bill, see the article written by Senior  Legal Editor Jen Carsen. You can also find information about the report on the AHCA released by the Congressional Budget Office.

As you might expect, the AHCA was a big topic of discussion this past week at the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Employment Law and Legislative Conference held in Washington, D.C. For more on what the legal experts at the conference had to say, check out this article by Editor Kate Tornone.

In other news, Trump released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2017/2018. As advertised, the proposal includes a large increase in military spending and significant cuts to other programs, including a 21 percent reduction in the Department of Labor’s (DOL) budget. Specifically, the proposal calls for cuts to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) programs, as well as job training programs. You can find more details on the proposed budget cuts for the DOL here.

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  • February 15, 2017: Federal Right to Work poster is required in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah. All federal contractors are also required to update this poster.
  • March 16, 2017: The Idaho Fair Employment poster has been updated to reflect additional information. The Idaho Commission on Human Rights has added information on the prohibition of retaliation against an individual and rights under the Idaho antidiscrimination laws.
  • March 19, 2017: Ohio’s new law prohibiting employers from creating or enforcing policies that prevent employees with a concealed carry license from storing a firearm in their locked vehicle while on employer premises goes into effect.

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