WorldatWork Files Comments on FMLA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; House Committee Approves EEOC Budget Blocking ADEA Rule

WorldatWork Files Comments on FMLA Notice of Propose Rulemaking
WorldatWork Staff
WorldatWork filed a comment letter responding to a notice of proposed rulemaking from the Department of Labor that codified two statutory changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act passed through the Airline Flight Crews Technical Corrections Act and the National Defense Authorization Act of 2010. “WorldatWork is pleased the Department of Labor is seeking comments on these important changes to the FMLA, however we have serious concerns about the scope and real-world implication these proposed regulations could have on employers,” said Cara Woodson Welch, Vice President, Policy and Public Affairs. WorldatWork’s primary issue with the proposed regulations concerns the elimination of language allowing for flexibility around the administration of Intermittent or Reduced Schedule Leave for all employees covered by the FMLA. Based on data around employers’ FMLA practices and perspectives, WorldatWork recommends that the Department not delete the provision from the regulations to ensure employers maintain the flexibility they need to meet their business needs.

House Committee Approves EEOC Budget with Amendment Blocking ADEA Rule
DC Employment Law Update
by Ilyse Schuman
he House Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved by voice vote a bill that would provide nearly $367 million for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for fiscal year 2013, but would prevent any of this funding from being used to implement and enforce the EEOC’s final rule that amends its Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) regulations to clarify the reasonable factors other than age (RFOA) defense in disparate impact cases. Specifically, the appropriations bill would give the EEOC $366,568,000 for FY 2013, $6,568,000 more than the Commission was provided in 2012 but more than $7 million below the amount requested. According to the report accompanying the funding bill, the measure “includes language making up to $29,500,000 available for payments to State and local enforcement agencies.” In addition, the report states that the Appropriations Committee “is pleased with EEOC’s progress in reducing the backlog of private sector charges. The Committee expects the EEOC to continue to prioritize inventory reduction and to examine new ways to address the backlog and increase productivity. EEOC shall keep the Committee informed about its progress in reducing the backlog.”

GOPers Split Over How to Reform Health Care
by Jennifer Haberkorn
Ask the 242 House Republicans what kind of health policy they’d like to enact instead of President Barack Obama’s health care reform law and you might get 242 different answers. Even after three years of railing against Obama’s plan, Republicans have coalesced around only a few basic tenets of health policy — let alone a full replacement plan. They are even divided over whether some of the popular pieces of Obama’s health law are a good idea. For example, most Republicans support the health law’s requirement that insurance companies accept all applicants — but the replacement plan put forward by the most prominent Republican ignores that idea.