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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule that clarifies certain aspects of healthcare conscience laws, which sometimes allows healthcare providers to refuse medical treatment based on religious grounds.
However, the rule also provides some safeguards against discrimination for patients seeking treatment for conditions related to reproductive care, HIV prevention, and gender dysphoria. Critics of

On October 26, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a final rule about the standard for determining joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Under the final rule, an entity qualifies as a joint employer if each entity has an employee-employer relationship with the employees and they share or jointly determine one or more of the

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule changing the criteria for classifying independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule, which is largely the same as the proposed rule, takes effect on March 11, 2024.
The DOL Final Rule
The final rule has significant implications for gig workers, who often work through

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has issued an executive order to severely restrict inclusion, equity, and diversity (IE&D) programs across the state. The order requires all state agencies and public colleges to report how much money they spend on IE&D programs and review the necessity and efficiency of all such programs to eliminate them and dismiss non-critical personnel. The governor’s stated

According to a 2023 Accenture report, in conjunction with Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities, organizations implementing disability-inclusive policies and practices often have better financial performance than similar organizations. Examples of disability-inclusive practices include using videos with captions and seeking regular input on improvements from employees with disabilities.
The report, which expanded and built upon a

The U.S. Supreme Court has set aside court decisions from the Fifth, Sixth, and D.C. Circuits challenging vaccine requirements for federal employees. The high Court agreed with the Biden administration that the issue was now moot, as President Biden had already rescinded the executive order mandating COVID-19 vaccines for federal employees. The administration rescinded the executive order in May 2023

A jury has ordered Kaiser Permanente, a California health care provider, to pay a former charge nurse more than $41 million in damages for her age and disability discrimination, harassment, whistleblower, retaliation, and wrongful termination lawsuit. The verdict consists of $11.49 million in compensatory damages, including $9 million for emotional distress and $30 million in punitive damages. Kaiser intends to

During the 2023 federal fiscal year, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) received a three percent increase in union petitions over the previous fiscal year and a ten percent increase in unfair labor practices. As a result, various labor strikes and NLRB decisions significantly affected labor relations throughout the year, as shown by the following events.
Big Labor Strikes Major

A California appeals court recently overturned a trial court’s dismissal of an employee’s age discrimination claim, finding that his job transfer may have constituted a demotion. Although the employer claimed that the man had voluntarily accepted a new position, some evidence indicated that the man had been involuntarily demoted. The case is Ilaga v. The Permanente Medical Group, Calif. Ct.