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Employer Mandates is a term commonly used to describe employer insurance obligations under the Affordable Care Act. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers with 50 or more employees are required to provide... more +
Employer Mandates is a term commonly used to describe employer insurance obligations under the Affordable Care Act. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers with 50 or more employees are required to provide minimum essential insurance coverage to their employees or else pay statutory penalties. The concept of an employer mandate is not unique to the Affordable Care Act; many EU countries have their own versions with different and/or expanded employer obligations.  less -

Washington State Enacts Healthy Starts Act, Requires Accommodation for Pregnant Employees Regardless of Disability

The new Washington state Healthy Starts Act requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide accommodations to pregnant employees above and beyond those accommodations required by other available laws, including the...more

White House Expands Exemptions to ACA Contraceptive Mandate

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued interim final rules on October 6, 2017, expanding exemptions to protect religious beliefs and moral convictions for certain entities and individuals whose health plans...more

California Expands Parental Leave to Smaller Businesses

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Businesses that employ at least 20 people should take practical steps to comply with the New Parent Leave Act. Key Points: - The New Parent Leave Act significantly expands required parental leave, which previously only...more

California Governor Signs Law Banning Salary History Inquiries

On October 12, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 168, prohibiting California employers from asking job applicants about their salary histories. This new law thrusts California yet again into the forefront of...more

Exemption To ACA Contraceptive Mandate Extended To For-Profit Entities And Individuals

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Under the ACA, employers must provide plans that cover birth control and other preventative health services with no out-of-pocket costs. Certain religious employers with religious objections to providing contraceptive...more

New York City’s Impending Salary History Inquiry Ban: What You Need to Know

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On October 31, 2017, New York City’s new salary history inquiry law (“Law”) will take effect. The Law bans employers from: - requesting a job applicant’s salary history (which includes the applicant’s current or prior...more

Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act

by Miller Canfield on

The Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program Act (“Act”) [820 ILCS 80/1 through 80/95] was effective June 1, 2015. The Act requires most employers in Illinois to offer a retirement program or provide employees a payroll...more

California Responds to Increased Federal Immigration Enforcement Actions

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On October 5, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 450. With the passage of this bill, California becomes the first state in the nation to enact a law prohibiting employers from providing voluntary assistance to...more

North Carolina Confronts Misclassification: What Your Organization Needs to Know About the Employee Fair Classification Act

Starting December 31, 2017, the North Carolina Industrial Commission will have a permanent Employee Classification Section responsible for taking complaints about and facilitating the sharing of information among state and...more

Illinois’s Responsible Job Creation Act Creates Additional Requirements for Staffing Agencies

Illinois’s Responsible Job Creation Act, which will become effective June 1, 2018, amends the Day and Temporary Labor Services Act with the goal of strengthening staffing industry regulation. There are around 800,000...more

ERISA Newsletter - Third Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - As we have observed on other occasions, the ERISA class action plaintiffs' bar has, for several years now, honed in on 401(k) plan fiduciaries and their decisions to select and retain investment options...more

The continuing importance of carrying out right to work checks on all employees

by Dentons on

The rights of EU nationals working in the UK remain uncertain. We are awaiting confirmation of what documentation they will require to prove any ongoing right to work once the UK leaves the EU. What is certain is that it will...more

City of Birmingham Passes Nondiscrimination Ordinance, Creates Human Rights Commission

On September 26, 2017, the Birmingham City Council passed an ordinance that makes it a crime for any entity doing business in the city to discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender...more

Capitol Hill Healthcare Update

by BakerHostetler on

Republicans’ last-ditch effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act (ACA) suffered potentially fatal blows as GOP senators in recent days voiced either outright opposition to or serious reservations about legislation pushed by...more

Rhode Island Employees May Soon Be Entitled to Paid Sick Time

On September 19, 2017, the Rhode Island General Assembly approved a bill that would require, with limited exception, all Rhode Island employers with 18 or more employees to provide their employees with paid sick time. The...more

Minimum employment standards: get it right or pay

by DLA Piper on

The topic of immigration – and particularly migrant labour – has recently been broadly canvassed in the media with all the election coverage. In the employment law context, the situation of migrant workers is unfortunately...more

Minnesota Court of Appeals Declines to Block Minneapolis Sick-Time Ordinance

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled that the City of Minneapolis (“City”) may continue to enforce its Sick and Safe Time Ordinance (“Ordinance”) against employers that reside within city limits while a lawsuit...more

You Don’t Be THAT Person on Someone Else’s Holiday

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Today marks Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and one of the holiest days of the Jewish year. But it’s a day of business to many....more

Department of Labor Releases New Pregnancy Discrimination Poster

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Last week I talked about the new state law regarding pregnancy discrimination that is going into effect on October 1, 2017. In that post, I mentioned a new notice that was required to comply with the law....more

Some States and Municipalities Begin the Ban on Salary History Inquiries

by Bryan Cave on

Many employers base an employee’s pay on his or her past salary. Applicants are typically asked, either on the application or during an interview, how much they made in their previous job(s). Critics of this practice...more

California Employment Law Bills Sent to Governor’s Desk

Several California labor and employment law bills passed in both the state assembly and senate on or before the September 15, 2017, legislative deadline. Governor Brown will have until October 15, 2017, to sign or veto these...more

Employer Alert: Reporting Requirements for All New or Rehired California Employees

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

All California employers must report their newly hired or rehired employees who work in California to the California Employment Development Department (EDD). Reporting is done using the EDD’s Report of New Employees form,...more

San Diego Enacts Pay Equity Ordinance for City Contractors

The City of San Diego joined a growing list of state and local jurisdictions by enacting a pay equity ordinance on July 31, 2017. The Equal Pay Ordinance requires city contractors to certify in writing that they will...more

“Understanding Your IRS Notice or Letter”

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

That’s the title of a web page that employers may find helpful upon receipt of an IRS communication asserting liability for employer mandate taxes under Code § 4980H. It should have an official notice (“CP”) or letter...more

IRS Will Enforce Employer Mandate Regardless Of Any Executive Orders

by Fisher Phillips on

You may recall that President Trump signed an executive order on the day of his inauguration directing all agencies to minimize the economic burden of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) pending its repeal. You may recall also that...more

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