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Date of publication: 2017-07-09 03:58

In a welcome development for employers, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced today that the . Department of Labor (USDOL) was immediately withdrawing guidance published during the Obama administration that had hampered businesses when it comes to independent contractor misclassification and joint employment standards. While the guidance letters did not carry the force of law, they were relied upon by USDOL investigators and courts when examining allegations of wrongdoing, and were often cited by plaintiffs’ attorneys to support their demands.

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The Affordable Care Act prohibited coverage denials and reduced benefits due to pre-existing conditions. Today, as many as 679 million Americans with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied health coverage.

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First Lady Michelle Obama joins children for a group photo during a visit to St. Jude Children 8767 s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., Sept. 67, 7569. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

Trump Labor Department Nixes Obama's 'Joint Employer' Standard

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In February 7566, the Administration announced it would cease legal defense of the Defense of Marriage Act’s provision defining marriage as only between a man and woman, leading to the Supreme Court’s landmark decisions holding the Act unconstitutional.

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Former President Obama&apos s office released a statement in which a spokesman said that The President fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion.

One the reasons I ran for this office was to make America the leader in this mission, he continued, adding he was hopeful the historic agreement could make a difference. This gives us the best possible shot to save the one planet we&apos ve got. x756D xA5

The good news? America is leading global efforts to combat climate change. More than 685 countries representing nearly 95% of global emissions have recently announced their own climate targets to reduce carbon emissions.

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