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The Employer’s Playbook for ACA Compliance: Ten Practical Strategies for 2014

The Affordable Care Act (a/k/a Health Care Reform, or the ACA) is complicated. While there is nothing in the ACA that requires any employer to provide group health care coverage to its employees, the failure to do so can come...more

State of the Union -- Partnering with Labor Unions to Achieve a "Win-Win" Situation for Business Owners and Employees

Overview - When it comes to a discussion about labor unions, emotions run very high. Some prognosticators will attribute the decline of American manufacturing jobs to labor unions. I say Fortune 500 companies (on the...more

Religious Institutions Update: April 2013

Implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is in full swing. The law requires non-exempt religious organizations with fewer than 50 full-time employees to determine whether they are a large...more

SEIU Strikes at Providence St. Peter: Unions and Employers Jockey for Position in Advance of Key Affordable Care Act Changes

Recently, employees represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) went on strike at Providence St. Peter Hospital (P.S.P. Hospital) in Olympia, Washington. According to information released by SEIU, the...more

IRS Clarifies Applicability of Pay or Play to Multiemployer Plans’ Contributing Employers

Last Friday, employers contributing to multiemployer plans received some good news. As expected, the Internal Revenue Service amended the transition rule for 2014 originally set forth in its proposed regulations on the pay or...more

The Side Effects of Mandatory Flu Vaccine Policies

Given the severity of the influenza outbreak this season, employers are dealing with worse than normal staffing and leave issues. One solution, aimed at cutting down on employee absences during flu season, is to require all...more

Global Employment and Benefits Updates - Issue 1 2013

In This Issue: - Balancing human rights in discrimination law - French flexicurity - In Profile: Johanna Johnson - News in Brief - Upcoming Events - Excerpt from French flexicurity: The...more

Legal Alert: MEWA Form M-1 And Final Regulations Released

The Department of Labor ("DOL") recently released a series of final rules affecting health benefits provided through multiple employer welfare arrangements ("MEWAs"). Notably, the 2012 Form M-1 filing deadline has been...more

Massachusetts Healthcare Bill Bans Mandatory Overtime for Nurses and Limits Spending to Oppose Unionization

On August 6, 2012, Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts signed into law Senate Bill 2400, "An Act improving the quality of healthcare and reducing costs through increased transparency, efficiency and innovation." The law...more

Briefs filed in NLRB's Specialty Healthcare case

What a difference a few months can make. Last December, in Specialty Healtcare and Rehabilitation of Mobile the NLRB invited interested parties to file briefs to consider a number of questions about whether it should...more

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