On February 7, 2014, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Chicago brought suit against CVS Pharmacy alleging that the company’s severance agreements for employees interfered with those employees’ civil rights,…more
The area of providing a reference for prior employees can be a mine field for employers. There is a wide array of conflicting requirements, thought processes and goals whenever we talk about references. Give a bad reference and…more
Is it simply “human nature”? University of Iowa President Sally Mason is under scrutiny for her comments regarding a recent sexual assault reported to the university. Mason’s remarks were interpreted by portions of the student…more
On February 12, 2014 President Obama signed Executive Order 13658 requiring federal contractors to pay a minimum rate of pay of $10.10 per hour. The new rate goes into effect for new contracts or “contract-like instruments” and…more
You may or may not have known that Olympic medalists receive a cash prize for winning a medal (in addition to the physical medal, the notoriety, and the likelihood of endorsements). U.S. medalists receive $25,000 cash for a gold…more
A Spanish version of the Model Notices of Privacy Practices (NPP) has been issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and Office for the National Coordinator for Health Information…more
Occasionally employers who act as the plan sponsor of a group health plan discover that they have neglected to send a “COBRA notice” to an employee who has been terminated. Recent Federal Court decisions within the Eighth…more
On Monday, Feb. 10, the Obama Administration issued final rules implementing the employer mandate and providing welcome relief for many employers. The rules will delay compliance for employers with between 50 and 99 employees…more
Yesterday the IRS released a YouTube video from John Koskinen, the new commissioner, assuring taxpayers the IRS is dedicated to assisting taxpayers this filing season, and advising taxpayers the best methods to seek tax…more
The news of Google’s acquisition of Nest Labs for $3.2 billion cast a spotlight on an ongoing debate in startups: Should they bother to seek patents to protect their inventions or not?
A couple of tax breaks that affect many homeowners expired at the end of 2013, and have not yet been extended for tax year 2014. It is still possible they will be extended retroactive to January 1, 2014, and maybe that is why…more
As we welcomed in 2014, we faced the familiar situation of what it means to start the New Year: new beginnings, new agendas, and those pesky New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps for the Immigration Reform advocates and their allied…more
A bike share program allows a customer to rent a bicycle at Point A, use it for a short amount of time, and then return it to one of many other spots in the same city. Most commonly these programs are in big cities such as New…more
Many times, landlords of manufactured housing communities utilize the courts when dealing with tenants they want to evict and abandoned mobile homes. However, there is an alternative method to deal with abandoned mobile homes…more
On Jan. 15, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched a new educational resource, Worker Safety in Hospitals. The online resource provides an extensive set of materials—including…more
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