US Laws and Regulations (50 or More Employees)

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if a company wanted to receive revenue by contracting with the federal government, it would have to implement equal employment opportunity and establish outreach programs for minorities and women.

Executive Order 11246—Affirmative Action (1965)


provides for leaves lasting up to 12 weeks in a 12-month period, and it is unpaid unless the employer has a policy to pay for the leave time.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) (1993)


This legislation requires health insurance issuers and group health plans to adopt the same annual and lifetime dollar limits for mental health benefits as for other medical benefits.

The Mental Health Parity Act (MHPA) (1996)


covered employers must either provide minimum health insurance coverage to their full-time employees or face a fine of $2,000 per employee. It has created health insurance trading centers in each state where employees and those who are unemployed can shop for health insurance coverage.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (2010)


The law requires 60 days’ advance notice to employees of plant closing or mass layoffs. Any employment loss of 50 or more people, excluding part-time workers, is considered a trigger event to activate the requirements. Notification of public officials in the surrounding community in addition to notification of employees is a requirement.

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) (1988)