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HHS Describes Employer Process to Undo Exchanges’ Decisions

The health care reform process under which employers can contest adverse determinations (that can trigger pay-or-play penalties) due to an insurance exchange finding that their plans fail to provide minimum essential coverage was finalized in program integrity rules put on…

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Employer Mandate Delayed: Obama Gives in to Employer Concerns over Reform

In a startling move, the Obama administration delayed the employer mandate (for companies with 50 or more workers) to offer health insurance to workers or pay a penalty, until January 2015 (a one-year delay) while it reassesses employer reporting burdens…

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EEOC Sues Over Companies’ Use of Background Checks

Two large companies that rely on on background checks to screen new hires are being sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It is not illegal for employers to refuse a job to an employee with a criminal background….

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Planning to Hire Teens for Summer Jobs? Brush Up on These FLSA Basics

The summer job season for teenagers kicks off in the next few weeks. Therefore, employers planning to hire young workers to augment their workforce must make sure they are compliant with the child labor provisions in the Fair Labor Standards…

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New ADA Compliance Guidance Covers Cancer, Diabetes, Epilipsy and Intellectual Disabilities

The agency responsible for enforcing the Americans with Disabilities has revised several of its guidance documents to reflect recent changes to the law. The May 15 changes were necessary because of the ADA Amendments Act, which expanded the law’s coverage…

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Supreme Court to Decide When Title VII’s Anti-retaliation Protections Apply

The U.S. Supreme Court is now weighing arguments in a case with important ramifications for the many employers that have been accused of retaliation — or who fear being accused of retaliation — when they discipline or fire an employee….

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Number of States Allowing Medical Marijuana Expected to Grow

Maryland is expected to soon become the 19th state to legalize medical marijuana. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) told the Associated Press that he “probably” would sign the measure passed by the Maryland Legislature earlier this month. The bill would…

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EEOC Discussion Letter: Wellness Programs Must Accommodate Workers’ Disabilities

Employers must make accommodations to allow employees with disabilities to participate in their wellness programs, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in a recently released informal discussion letter. The letter was written in response to an employer’s question about…

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Out-of-state Employers Must Cover Vermont Residents’ Same-sex Spouses if Bill Enacted

Employers based outside Vermont will have to provide the health coverage to same-sex spouses of Vermont residents if a just-passed bill is enacted. The Vermont House of Representatives passed the measure on March 15; the state Senate followed suit on…

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Is Your FMLA Poster Showing? March 8 is the Deadline

Employers covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act must have the U.S. Department of Labor’s poster hanging by COB March 8. In February, the U.S. Department of Labor issued new regulations that implement and clarifiy amendments to expand military…

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