Employer Mandates

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 -
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Checklist for Employers to Comply with New California Laws

Employers should take action to ensure compliance with new employment laws that take effect January 1, 2015. In September 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed more than 300 new laws, many of which may require...more

Employment Flash - December 2014

In This Issue: - Supreme Court Rejects Security Screening Time Pay - NLRB Finalizes Union Election Rule - NLRB Reverses Employers’ Ability To Ban Employee Nonwork Email Use - EEOC Challenges Employer...more

New Law Requires Employers to Grant Leave to Volunteer Emergency Responders

Effective December 22, 2014, employers in New York must grant leave to employees who also serve as volunteer emergency responders during times when the Governor has declared a state of emergency. ...more

California’s New Paid Sick Leave Requirements and What Employers Must Do Starting January 1, 2015

Earlier this year, the California Legislature passed the Healthy Workplace, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (HWHFA) which requires all employers, regardless of size, to provide paid sick leave to employees. This new law imposes...more

Reminder – Immediate Action Required Under New Illinois Pregnancy Rights Provisions

On January 1, 2015, Illinois Human Rights Act amendments providing additional rights to pregnant employees will take effect. As previously mentioned, the law will require some immediate steps by employers....more

The Affordable Care Act—Countdown to Compliance for Employers, Week 1: Going Live with the Affordable Care Act’s Employer Shared...

Regulations implementing the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer shared responsibility rules including the substantive “pay-or-play” rules and the accompanying reporting rules were adopted in February. Regulations...more

NLRB Issues New Standard on Arbitral Decisions

The National Labor Relations Board’s (the “NLRB” or the “Board”) flurry of activity to rewrite labor law continues apace. In a controversial 3-2 decision in Babcock & Wilcox Construction Co., Inc., Case 28-CA-022625 (Dec. 15,...more

Evolution of a Statutory Benefit: Use of Paid Sick Leave by Employees Who Aren’t Sick Themselves

The Connecticut employment laws mandate several workplace protections for employees which in an earlier era would have been found only in collective bargaining agreements or the employer’s own policies. Just a few examples...more

Group Health Plans: Year-End Action Items and Upcoming Changes - 2014

Employers should note upcoming cafeteria plan design changes that require an amendment no later than December 31, 2014 and other upcoming 2015 action items....more

Three OSHA Rule Changes all Employers Need to Be Aware of Heading Into 2015

Effective January 1, 2015, two new rules will go into effect by the U.S. Department of Labor – Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that will impact most all employers. One rule relates to recordkeeping and...more

OSHA: Kinesiology Tape is “Medical Treatment” for Recordkeeping Purposes

You have probably seen kinesiology tape, also known as KT Tape or Kinesio Tape: those bright, neon-colored tape strips worn by runners, cyclists, athletes, triathletes, and folks at the gym. In a December 12 letter of...more

New OSHA Recordkeeping Rule Goes into Effect on January 1, 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s revised recordkeeping rule goes into effect on January 1, 2015. OSHA’s recordkeeping rule requires covered employers to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational...more

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Continues to Reshape Working Environment for Low-Wage and Part-Time Workers; Becomes First...

Just before the Thanksgiving break, as retailers were gearing up for “Black Friday,” “Cyber Monday,” and the newly-minted “Gray Thursday,” the San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved two new ordinances...more

Reminder: New York Minimum Wage Will Increase on December 31, 2014

The minimum wage for employees in New York will increase from $8.00 per hour to $8.75 per hour effective December 31, 2014. The minimum wage for New York employees will increase again to $9.00 per hour effective December 31,...more

Minimum Wage Increase in West Virginia Begins January 1, 2015

Employers in West Virginia should be aware that a minimum wage increase is set to take place beginning January 1, 2015. Beginning January 1, 2015, all employers in West Virginia, with six or more employees, will be required...more

New Jersey’s Minimum Wage Rises to $8.38 in the New Year

Due to to an increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), New Jersey’s minimum wage will rise to $8.38 per hour starting January 1, 2015. This is the second consecutive year that the state’s minimum wage will increase....more

Affordable Care Act Considerations in Mergers and Acquisitions

With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 and the potential imposition of significant penalties, companies that are involved in or are considering a merger or acquisition should be...more

DOJ Says Title VII's Sex Discrimination Prohibition Includes Gender Identity

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) now takes the position that Title VII's prohibition against sex discrimination includes discrimination based on gender identity, including...more

AB1825 Training and Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Training [Video]

OCEG Chair Scott Mitchell and The Network’s VP of Product Management and Corporate Development, Jimmy Lin, discuss how to foster engagement around particularly hot topical areas that affect companies of all sizes, such as...more

Bill 18: Stronger Workplaces For A Stronger Economy Act, 2014

The Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014 ("Bill 18") which received royal assent from the Ontario Legislature on November 20, 2014 will amend five employment law statutes, specifically the Employment Standards...more

Arizona's Minimum Wage Increases in 2015

As of January 1, 2015, the minimum wage in Arizona increases to $8.05 per hour. In 2006, the Raise the Arizona Minimum Wage for Working Arizonans Act became law. In part it provides for annual increases in the Arizona's...more

ACA Outlook: What Will 2015 Hold for the Affordable Care Act and Employers?

For many employers, the effective date of the Affordable Care Act's "play-or-pay" mandate is only weeks away. The impending deadline comes amid questions about the future—and perhaps viability—of the law itself. Entering...more

Employment Law Reporter – December 2014: An IIPP? What’s an IIPP? It’s something confusing that oughtn’t be!

An IIPP is an Injury and Illness Prevention Program, and its purpose is to improve the safety and health in the workplace by reducing costs of injury and increasing employee awareness. An IIPP has been a mandatory requirement...more

NYS Wage Theft Prevention Action – Summer 2014 Amendments Still Pending

This summer, we wrote about a bill passed by both the New York State Assembly and Senate to amend the New York State Wage Theft Prevention Act (the WTPA). Among other things, the amendments would eliminate the need for...more

OSHA Expands Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements

Effective January 1, 2015, the revised Occupational Safety & Health Administration recordkeeping and reporting rules will go into effect, expanding injury reporting requirements and imposing recordkeeping requirements on...more

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