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: 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...

  2. 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 As a result, we expect the Republican strategy to “repeal” ACA would be superseded by a “4-R’s” plan: certain sections of the healthcare reform law would be “retained,” others would be “removed,” still others would be “replaced,” and a few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...

  3. The ACA Executive Order – What Employers Should Expect to Happen on ACA Compliance

    Jan 26, 2017

    There seems little doubt that President Trump’s executive order, together with the January votes in the House and Senate on a budget resolution that contemplates repeal and replacement, sometime in 2017, represent the first steps in an effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. Read the blog to learn what employers can expect in the coming months. more...

  4. Forecasting ACA Change: Three Crystal Balls Needed

    Jan 6, 2017

    With Republicans in control of the White House and both chambers of Congress, Administrative and legislative intent to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the employer mandate to offer affordable coverage, would appear certain. But nothing is certain in Washington DC in 2017. In fact, there is so much uncertainty about the Affordable Care Act that three crystal balls are needed to forecast ACA change: for policy, process and timing. more...

  5. What You Need to Know About the Washington, DC Universal Paid Leave Act

    Jan 5, 2017

    The Washington D.C. Council recently approved the Universal Paid Leave Act of 2015 requiring employers to provide employees up to 8 weeks of paid parental leave, up to 6 weeks of paid family leave and up to 2 weeks of paid sick leave (“8/6/2”).  The Paid Leave Act is awaiting approval from the mayor, who can veto the bill or allow it to become law without approval. If the DC Universal Paid Leave Act becomes law, it would be among the most generous mandatory paid leave measures in the nation. more...