Kelley E. Kaufman

Kelley E. Kaufman

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

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Background Checks: Back to Basics

Recently two federal agencies, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), issued joint guidance on job applicant and employee background checks and "What Employers Need to Know."...more

8/4/2014 - Background Checks Best Management Practices EEOC Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies FCRA Final Guidance FTC Hiring & Firing Job Applicants Screening Procedures

PPACA Update: Employer Shared Responsibility Mandate Delayed Again...For Some Employers, But Not All

Yesterday, the Obama administration announced a partial delay in the effective date of one of the key requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) – the employer “shared responsibility”...more

2/12/2014 - Affordable Care Act Delays Employee Benefits Employer Mandates Healthcare Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule

DOL Issues Clarification Of FMLA Rights For Same-Sex Spouses

In light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in United States v. Windsor, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has just issued updated guidance for employers concerning the rights of same-sex spouses under the Family and...more

8/16/2013 - DOL DOMA Employee Benefits FMLA Marriage Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor

PPACA Update: Employer Shared Responsibility Mandate Delayed Until 2015

Many employers received a welcome, though temporary, reprieve Tuesday, when the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Department”) announced a one-year delay in the effective date of one of the key requirements of the Patient...more

7/4/2013 - Affordable Care Act Delays Employer Mandates Fees Form 720 Pay or Play PCORI Shared Responsibility Rule Tax Penalties U.S. Treasury

Healthcare Reform White Paper: Countdown To 2014

Although the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA” or the “Act”) is now over three years old, the Act’s core requirements will not take effect until 2014....more

6/27/2013 - Affordable Care Act COBRA Compliance Deadlines DOL Fees Form 720 Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare IRS Marketplace Notice PCORI Self-Insured Health Plans Temporary Employees Wellness Programs

Employers Can Use Disclaimers To Protect Customers From Employee Personal Injury Lawsuits

As employers know all too well, an employee who is injured in connection with work can receive workers' compensation benefits simply by establishing that the injury occurred in the course of employment and resulted in a loss...more

5/7/2013 - Disclaimers Workplace Injury

DOL Audits Of Employer-Sponsored Group Health Plans Now Include Healthcare Reform Compliance

The U.S. Department of Labor (the "DOL") has recently enhanced its enforcement activities with respect to group health plans by significantly increasing the number of audits it is conducting. In addition, the DOL's audit...more

3/18/2013 - Affordable Care Act Audits Compliance DOL Employer Group Health Plans Healthcare

Unemployment Compensation Case Update: Employees Who Accept Voluntary Early Retirement Incentive Offers Are Eligible For Benefits

For years, Pennsylvania courts have consistently denied unemployment compensation benefits to employees who accept early retirement incentive packages. Recently, however, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overruled this...more

2/8/2013 - Early Retirement Layoffs Unemployment Benefits Voluntary Layoff Option

PPACA Update: Employers' Deadline To Provide Notice Of Health Care Exchanges Postponed

Late last week, the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services issued a new Frequently Asked Question (“FAQ”) page addressing implementation questions under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act...more

1/29/2013 - Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Exchanges Notice Requirements Written Notice

Employer Alert -- January 2013: IRS Proposed Regulations On PPACA’S Shared Responsibility Provisions Full of New Year Surprises...

On December 28, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued long-awaited proposed regulations regarding the “shared responsibility” penalty provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”). In...more

1/14/2013 - Affordable Care Act Dependents Full-Time Employees IRS Penalties Safe Harbors Shared Responsibility Rule

Healthcare Reform Update: IRS Regulations Address Full-Time Status Of Nine-Month Education Employees

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA") requires "large employers" (i.e., those regularly employing 50 or more full-time equivalents) to provide "affordable" health coverage of "minimum value" to "full-time...more

1/4/2013 - Affordable Care Act Full-Time Employees IRS Shared Responsibility Rule Tax Penalties

Healthcare Reform Update: Recent Federal Guidance Focuses On 2014

With the re-election of President Obama in November, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. "healthcare reform" or "Obamacare") survived its second major challenge in 2012. Many employers had been awaiting the...more

12/7/2012 - Affordable Care Act DOL HHS IRS

EEOC Releases Strategic Enforcement Plan

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC" or the "Agency") recently released a draft of its Strategic Enforcement Plan for Fiscal Years 2012 through 2016. The Agency has requested public comment on the Plan, which...more

11/21/2012 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions Discrimination EEOC Hiring & Firing Migrant Workers Recruitment Policies Strategic Enforcement Plan

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