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Employment Law Navigator – Week in Review: February 2017 #3

Over the weekend, a female Uber employee published a blog post that accuses the company of systemic sex discrimination and harassment. Uber quickly reacted, hiring former Attorney General Eric Holder to perform an “urgent...more

What's "Hidden" in the 21st Century Cures Act for Health Care Entities

The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures) was signed into law December 13, 2016. While the primary focus of the 996-page Act centered on biomedical innovation, several components of Cures have significant implications for health...more

New SBC Template Goes Into Effect April 1

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released a new template for the Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) last year. As background, the Affordable Care Act requires health plans and health insurers to annually distribute SBCs...more

CMS, IRS Address Affordable Care Act Issues in Transition

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the IRS have each published guidance on matters arising under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is too early to tell whether these measures—some of the first guidance...more

HIPAA for HR - Some Good News for Employers

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is a federal law that was enacted to ensure protection of individuals’ protected health information (PHI). The Standards for Privacy of Individually...more

Focus on the FMLA – Part II

Last week, we wrote about some of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requirements that can be particularly challenging for employers. This week, we’re going to focus on an aspect of FMLA entitlement that causes employers...more

HHS Expresses Interest in Pre-Existing Condition Exclusions

In proposed regulations published on February 17, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has suggested several adjustments designed to help stabilize the individual health insurance market – particularly...more

The Challenges of the Trump Administration’s Vow to “Repeal and Replace” the Affordable Care Act

In the presentation “ACA Repeal/Replace Under the Trump Administration,” Susan Nash discusses the implications of President Trump and the GOP’s immediate vow to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was...more

What to Expect from OSHA Under President Trump

Republican administrations tend to put more emphasis on helping employers comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements than on punitive enforcement actions. President Trump is familiar with OSHA...more

New IRS Memo Concludes Benefits Paid by Fixed-Indemnity Health Plans May Be Taxable Income

On January 20, 2017, the Office of Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a Memorandum on the tax treatment of benefits paid by fixed-indemnity health plans. In the Memorandum, the OCC concludes that...more

Top Ten Expected Labor and Employment Law Changes by the New Trump Administration

With the inauguration behind us, what changes do we expect the Trump Administration to make to labor and employment laws? The following is a top ten list of those expected changes, as recently discussed during a webinar that...more

Health Alert (Australia) February 13, 2017

In This Issue: - Judgments; Legislation; and Reports. - Excerpts from Judgments: Commonwealth. Federal Court 3 February 2017 - Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation v Royal Children's...more

DOL Gives a Peek at Non-quantitative Treatment Limitations

While on this day, most people focus on the heart, we’re going to spend a little time focusing on the head. Under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA), health plans generally cannot impose more stringent...more

Upcoming Group Health Plan Annual Reporting Deadlines

With all the recent and pending changes shaking up the Employee Benefits world, at least a few things are remaining constant.  Here are a few upcoming annual reporting deadlines for group health plans...more

CBAs Must Specifically State Intent to Arbitrate Statutory Rights

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Court of Appeal has held that unless a collective bargaining agreement includes an explicitly stated, clear and unmistakable, intent to waive the right to a judicial forum for statutory causes of...more

Standard for Workplace Violence in the Healthcare and Social Service Industry?

In response to calls from labor groups and unions to develop federal standard that addresses workplace violence in the healthcare and social service sectors, former OSHA chief David Michaels stated during a January 10 meeting...more

President Trump’s First Official Action regarding the Affordable Care Act

President Trump issued the “Executive Order Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal” on January 20, 2017, one of his very first actions upon taking the oath of office...more

Floundering GOP gets its ACA repeal-replace architect and tries ‘repairs’

Republicans jammed through their health policy guru in the middle of the night, and they and their new HHS Secretary are still trying to figure out what to do with the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. Insurance markets are...more

6 Employment Actions That Can “Automatically” Land Your Hospital In Court

As a healthcare employer, it must be tempting to want to develop rigid workplace rules that will help newbie bosses reach conclusions almost automatically, especially where the best nurses or techs often become supervisors...more

Focus on the FMLA – Part I

This post is the first of two about the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)—and more specifically, about aspects of the FMLA that may be less familiar and seem to be sticking points for employers’ compliance efforts....more

U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh in on Religious Exemptions from ERISA

The United States Supreme Court recently agreed to hear appeals from hospitals with Christian affiliations regarding the Employee Retirement Income Security Act’s (“ERISA”) exemption for church retirement plans. ...more

2016 Round-Up: Key Decisions Affecting Connecticut Health Care Providers

Connecticut state and federal courts faced a number of significant health care issues last year. We have summarized those cases that we think are particularly relevant to Connecticut hospitals, group practices and individual...more

“But Our Vendor Handles Everything — How Can We Still Have Fiduciary Liability?”

As the rules governing retirement and health plans grow more complex, employers often need professional help in order to keep up with the day-to-day management of the employee benefit plans they sponsor. From third-party...more

Claims of Negligent Hiring, Supervision or Retention Draw Hospitals into Abuse Cases

Hospitals are commonly named as defendants in medical malpractice lawsuits for claims arising from alleged injuries within their walls, but what is their exposure to liability for claims that arise from alleged sexual...more

Trumping the Affordable Care Act? Not So Fast – Impact of Executive Order on Employers Unclear

On January 20, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (“Minimizing the Economic Burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Pending Repeal,” hereinafter referred to as the “Order”) relating to the future...more

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