HR Headline Roundup for June 24-28, 2019

Appellate Court Raises New Threat to ‘Obamacare’, Politico

Judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, who are considering a federal district court’s ruling that the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional and unenforceable, asked litigants to explain whether state attorneys general have standing to defend the law. The Trump administration declared in March that Department of Justice attorneys would not argue for retaining any part of the ACA.

 

Employment, Civil Rights Legislation Consigned to Senate ‘Graveyard’, The Hill

Since retaking the House majority in January 2019, Democrats have passed more than 100 bills, usually with a small amount of bipartisan support. The overwhelming majority of those proposals are unlikely to see further action, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has begun describing himself as “the Grim Reaper” of legislation he opposes. Victims of deliberate inaction include

 

EDITORIAL: Why Cities Should Support Paid Parental Leave, National League of Cities

After explaining that paid parental leave improves health and social outcomes for mothers, fathers and infants, as well as noting that “only 14 percent of civilian workers have access to paid family leave,” the author profiles programs for employees of the City of Austin and at the Mayor’s Office in Kansas City, Mo.

 

Licensing Snafu Costs Jackson, Miss. 236 Teachers, Mississippi Today

All but five of the provisionally licensed teachers who worked for the Jackson Public School District were dismissed after not being administered the state-mandated certification exam. A little more than half of the people who were let go agreed to take substantial pay cuts in exchange for being allowed to serve as permanent substitute teachers.

 

5 Key Disability Trends, Employee Benefit News

This rundown highlights better outcomes for back disorders, increases in claims for joint disorders and musculoskeletal issues that track with the aging of the U.S. workforce and spikes in obesity rates, pregnancy being the leading cause of short-term disability, specialized mental health support sparking better return-to-work outcomes, and cancer being the leading cause of long-term disability.

 

Employers, Get Ready for Spike in Biometric Privacy Lawsuits, HR Daily Advisor

Airport staff in Illinois have already filed suit under the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act because their employer requires the use of fingerprint scanners to clock in and out.

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