The Working Families Flexibility Act: A Proposal That Would Give Workers Less Flexibility and Less Pay

  • May 18, 2017

The Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1180) (“the Act”), introduced by Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.), aims to “amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to provide compensatory time for employees in the private sector” by allowing employees, through an agreement with their employers, to choose paid time off as compensation for working more than 40 hours in one week (“comp time”). Read the full official text here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1180/text?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22H.R.+1180%22%5D%7D&r=1   The Act would allow employers to offer comp time in…

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House Passes American Health Care Act

  • May 18, 2017

On May 4, 2017, the House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Previously, the AHCA failed to garner enough support and the House ultimately passed an amended version of the bill.  The current bill allows states to waive essential health benefits, permits older enrollees to be charged more, slashes Medicaid funding and gives states the option to seek waivers that would allow insurers to charge more for individuals with pre-existing conditions. The AHCA also has provisions for lifetime and…

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WKCHR Attorneys Volunteer

  • May 2, 2017

Wohlner Kaplon Cutler Halford & Rosenfeld attorneys volunteer their time outside of the office to support valuable causes. Here are several of the organizations to which WKCHR attorneys donate their time: Best Friends Animal Society Election Protection Kitten Rescue Los Angeles County Bar Association - Immigration Legal Assistance Project Ridgebacks and Friends To learn more about any of these organizations, call or email your WKCHR attorney. (WKCHR attorneys volunteer with Election Protection on November 8, 2016).

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May Day 2017 Brings Rallies, Solidarity Across the Globe

  • May 2, 2017

In cities across the country and the world, cities like Chicago, Portland, Oakland, and Paris, thousands marched this weekend and Monday in honor of May Day, also known as International Workers' Day.  The roots of May Day can be traced to the 1800's and the fight for the 8 hour day. In addition to advocating for safe working conditions, a living wage, and quality health care for workers, May Day in recent years has also highlighted the need for humane immigration policies. In…

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Trump Administration Fails to Keep Promise to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

  • March 31, 2017

The Trump administration experienced a major setback last week, after the bill to repeal Obamacare was pulled because it was clear there was not enough support from the Republican party. House Speaker Paul Ryan admitted that President Obama’s signature health care law will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.  For now, many Democrats have breathed a sigh of relief.  However, it is not yet known what other measures the Trump Administration may take to try to dismantle the health…

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Millennial Retirement Savings Habits

  • March 31, 2017

It is no secret that many millennials will never have the chance to participate in a defined benefit pension plan. Instead, most millennials will be participants in self-directed defined contribution plans.  Are more choices better for millennials?  Not necessarily, according to a recent paper published by JP Morgan Asset Management, which looked at millennial retirement plan preferences.  The paper revealed that many millennials preferred guidance from experienced investors and even from their own employers when it comes to choosing investments…

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Shifting Gears- The Move Towards Self-Insurance

  • March 31, 2017

As companies struggle with soaring health care costs, many are now exploring alternative options instead of providing employees a traditional, fully insured health plan that may be offered by insurance giants such as Kaiser or Aetna. Through self-insurance, employers, or multi-employer plans use plan assets to pay out participant claims.  To protect an employer or a health plan from catastrophic losses, self-insured plans obtain stop-loss insurance policies.  Third party administrators are routinely utilized to administer the claims administration process.  Wohlner…

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“United we are Stronger”: Telemundo Actors Vote to Unionize with SAG-AFTRA

  • March 17, 2017

Telemundo announced on Wednesday, March 8, that its actors have voted to unionize with SAG-AFTRA. The decision is a victory during a concerning time for unions and for Latinos in the U.S. After a January decision by the National Labor Relations Board that ordered the vote to proceed the vote tally was 91 to 21 (or 81 percent to 19 percent) that were sent out on February 7. Voting eligibility was restricted to those who had worked at least a…

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Emboldened Anti-Union Legislators Find New Target: Official Time

  • March 17, 2017

"Official time" is the time spent by union representatives to enhance working conditions, improve workplace safety, and arrange for training and educational opportunities, among other activities.  Under current law, employees on official time are prohibited from carrying out union-specific duties, such as solicitation of new members or electing officers. Nonetheless, emboldened anti-union lawmakers have taken dramatic steps to undercut the use of official time. Last week, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed two bills, HR 1364 and HR 1385, sponsored by Rep.…

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Anti-Union Bill Update: Official Text of National Right to Work Bill and Pres. Trump’s Position

  • February 16, 2017

Note: This post updates an earlier WKCHR alert concerning national Right to Work legislation.  Read the alert here. The official text of H.R. 785 has appeared on congress.gov. (It was previously only available on individual representatives' websites). The new bill, H.R. 785, which Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Joe Wilson (R-SC) introduced in the House, aims “to preserve and protect the free choice of individual employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities." Read the full official…

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