US Department of Labor announces $186,000 grant to assist Michigan workers affected by layoffs in communication industry

WASHINGTON— The U.S. Department of  Labor today announced a grant of $186,000  to assist about 40 workers affected by layoffs from CCI Systems Inc. in Iron Mountain, Mich.  Layoffs at this facility, which provides design, engineering, and  implementation services for communication network equipment, occurred from August  2010 through August 2011.…

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US Labor Department seeks to improve job opportunities for Americans with disabilities by setting historic hiring goal for federal contractors and subcontractors

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor  is proposing a new rule that would require federal contractors and  subcontractors to set a hiring goal of having 7 percent of their workforces be people  with disabilities, among other requirements. The department’s Office of Federal  Contract Compliance Programs invites public comment on…

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Guidance on Rebates for Group Health Plans Paid Pursuant to the Medical Loss Ratio Requirements of the Public Health Service Act

Background Section 2718 of the Public Health Service Act (PHSA), 42 U.S.C. 300gg-18, as added by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act) (Pub.L. 111-148, 124 Stat. 119), enacted on March 23, 2010, requires that health insurance issuers publicly report on major categories of spending of policyholder…

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NBA: Agent Revolt and Threat of Decertification

(By Robert Bradley, The Association for Professional Basketball Research) During the 1997-98 season the NBA owners voted to re-open the collective bargaining agreement, claiming losses by 13 teams. The union, now led by its new Patrick Ewing of New York and Executive Director William Hunter, is expected to meet owner…

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NBA: In 1994 NBPA was Looking to Close Loopholes

(By Robert Bradley, The Association for Professional Basketball Research) Creative accounting would open loopholes in the cap as the restructuring of contracts, early termination clauses, one-year contracts and balloon payments provided means for teams to circumvent the cap in order to sign players. Following the completion of the labor deal…

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NBA: Establishing a Player-Owner Partnership

(By Robert Bradley, The Association for Professional Basketball Research) Following a new three-year collective bargaining agreement (which included increases in the minimum salary, elimination of no-trade agreements in player contracts in 1980) and Silas’ resignation as union head in order to become coach of the San Diego Clippers, financial health…

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NBA: Lawrence Fleisher Gave Union Teeth

Talks failed to bring an agreement and in 1962, after meeting with several candidates, Heinsohn hired attorney Lawrence Fleisher as the union’s General Counsel in an effort to obtain a pension plan and achieve other union goals (which included the standardization of the use of team trainers, the elimination of…

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NBA: Early Working Conditions

(By Robert Bradley, The Association for Professional Basketball Research) The salary cap in sports is nothing new. Its origin in basketball can be traced back to the league’s $55,000 salary cap for the league’s first season, 1946-47. Most players earned between $4,000 and $5,000, but there were a few exceptions.…

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