HR Legislation Blog
HR Legislation Blog

With more than 30 years of experience in federal legislative and regulatory affairs, Jim O'Connell focuses on HR and PAYROLL POLICY ISSUES, keeping customers informed about fast-changing and complex compliance regulations and workforce trends

  1. President Trump’s First 100 Days: Staying Ahead of the Compliance Curve

    Apr 21, 2017

    In this recap of an April 5, 2017 webcast, speakers Jim O'Connell and Jill Barber focused on efforts of the President and congressional Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA); the outlook for new federal overtime rules; and state initiatives on paid leave, retirement and fair scheduling. more...

  2. Republicans Pull Healthcare Bill: New Compliance Uncertainty for Employers

    Mar 27, 2017

    Last week, the House of Representatives abruptly halted consideration of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), to repeal and replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA). That decision to pull the plug on AHCA, together with President Trump’s Executive Order, create a new compliance uncertainty for employers. American employers can only hope that with the defeat of AHCA and the instability of ACA, Republicans and Democrats will agree that only a bipartisan solution can put health policy on a sustainable path for all Americans. more...

  3. Outlook Uncertain: Republicans Unveil Plan to Repeal & Replace Affordable Care Act

    Mar 9, 2017

    Republicans have announced a legislative proposal that, if enacted into law, would restructure key provisions of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. The legislation, named the American Health Care Act (AHCA), faces a complicated and challenging path in traveling from proposal to law of the land.  more...

  4. President Trump’s First 100 Days: A Compliance Perspective

    Feb 14, 2017

    If the president’s executive orders on the Affordable Care Act and immigration are any guide, employers can expect big changes in the scope, complexity and cost of federal government compliance requirements during the first 100 days of the Trump Administration. Working with a Republican-controlled Congress, Trump Administration policy initiatives can be expected not only to break new policy ground, but reverse Obama Administration positions on several key compliance issues. Employers need to be ready to adapt quickly to changing government requirements and should expect the driving principles to be deregulation—and jobs. more...

  5. Retain, Remove, Replace, Reduce and Now Repair? Understanding How the Fifth “R” Will Affect the Affordable Care Act

    Feb 13, 2017

    President Trump and congressional Republicans now realize that they cannot allow the existing ACA health insurance infrastructure, now seven years in development, to collapse, not only taking insurance away from over 20 million people but jeopardizing already-fragile insurance markets. As a result, we expect the Republican strategy to “repeal” ACA would be superseded by a “4-R’s” plan: certain sections of the healthcare reform law would be “retained,” others would be “removed,” still others would be “replaced,” and a few would be “reduced.” In addition, there seems to the late-breaking news of a fifth “R”: “repair.” more...