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Employment Law This Week®: Delivery Driver Ruled Independent Contractor, Parental Leave Proposal, Federal Contractor Audits,...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

Will Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway And JP Morgan Change Healthcare For Employers?

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

What happens when you combine Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase? Apparently, a new non-profit health care company. That was the news last month when the three companies announced that they are forming their own...more

Vindication! Fifth Circuit Reverses Notorious District Court Health Care Fraud Decision

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: In a major victory for ERISA plans and other payors, the Fifth Circuit recently overturned a district court’s notorious decision in favor of a healthcare provider and reinstated a plan administrator’s...more

Approaching Deadlines for Affordable Care Act Reporting

by Snell & Wilmer on

As we recently reported in our “2017 End of the Year Plan Sponsor To Do List,” applicable large employers must continue to submit to the IRS and to employees information regarding offers of health coverage made to full-time...more

Employment Law This Week®: NLRB Considers Case-Processing Changes, New EEOC Sexual Harassment Guidance, DOJ Memos on False Claims...

by Epstein Becker & Green on

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

House Committees To Hold Joint Hearing On Drugs At Work

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

The impact of drug use on workplace safety has been an increasingly difficult challenge for employers. This week, two congressional subcommittees will explore the issue....more

Association Health Plans: Self-Funded vs. Fully-Insured

Recently proposed Department of Labor (Department) regulations governing Association Health Plans (AHPs) would, if made final, permit small employers to be regulated under more favorable, large group rules. The proposed...more

A Primer On Telemedicine And The Workplace

by Fisher Phillips on

Most people probably do not enjoy sitting in a doctor’s reception area with other coughing and sneezing people while waiting for an appointment, or devoting hours to getting a prescription refilled. The concept of...more

Manatt on Medicaid: 10 Trends to Watch in 2018

Medicaid has entered a period of volatile change, unprecedented in its 51-year history. With 74 million members nationwide,1 Medicaid provides health coverage to more than one in four Americans, ensuring access to...more

Cal/OSHA Drafts Rules For Workplace Violence Prevention In General Industry

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) recently held an advisory meeting on the Agency’s draft rules for Workplace Violence Prevention in General Industry. It is seeking public...more

The State AG Weekly Update

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2018 AG Elections- North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem Announces Bid for Reelection- North Dakota AG Wayne Stenehjem declared his intention to run for reelection to a sixth term in 2018. ...more

Healthcare And The Gig Economy: A Marriage Of Risk And Reward

by Fisher Phillips on

Healthcare is one of the country’s largest industries, accounting for trillions of dollars in annual spending. Given its magnitude, it should come as no surprise that healthcare and our national economy are inextricably...more

Cash Payments Made To Employees In Lieu Of Health Benefits Must Be Factored Into Overtime Pay Under The FLSA

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In Flores v. City of San Gabriel, the Ninth Circuit held that cash payments made by the City to its employees in lieu of healthcare benefits must be factored into the base pay that is used to calculate overtime pay (1.5 times...more

Recent Developments in Affordable Care Act Compliance: Employer Obligations for 2018 and Beyond

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Over the past year, there has been a significant focus in the press on various attempts to overhaul or repeal key elements of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), which was originally passed into law almost eight years ago. While...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Petition Submitted for Citizen Initiative to Add New Tax to Fund Homecare Services - On January 26, the Maine People's Alliance (MPA) submitted a petition to the Secretary of State's office that, if certified, would put a...more

Beware: HIPAA Applies To The Health Plans You Never Knew You Had (Part 2: Wellness Programs)

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Many employers who offer wellness programs to their employees may not have considered compliance with HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification rules (collectively, “HIPAA Rules”), since they don’t think of their...more

Healthcare Employers Rejoice? Recent Shift In NLRB Decisions Impacts The Industry

by Fisher Phillips on

A new Republican majority took hold over the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) at the end of 2017, leading to several significant labor decisions. Because the NLRB’s decisions and actions impact all industries, healthcare...more

The Lawyer Full Employment Action of 2018

by Reed Smith on

On January 30, 2018, Judge Goodwin entered four case management orders in the Ethicon, Boston Scientific, Bard, and American Medical Systems mesh MDLS. These CMOs establish discovery and briefing deadlines for 13200, 6174,...more

Employee Benefits Developments - January 2018

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of January 2018. ...more

Practical Insights On DOL Guidance Affecting Retirement, Medical And Disability Plans

by Carlton Fields on

On January 5, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that regulations it previously proposed will apply to certain retirement and medical disability claims filed after April 1. This article focuses on a few practical...more

Wellness Program Uncertainty Continues

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The US District Court for the District of Columbia recently ruled to vacate the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) wellness program regulations effective January 1, 2019. In August 2017, the same court ruled that...more

News Now: Your One Minute Legal Insight (Embryos, Marijuana, TABOR, and More)

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

As always, there are a lot of topics to cover in this edition of News Now. Here are your highlights...more

The State AG Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

AG Elections- Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson Announces Bid for Reelection- Minnesota AG Lori Swanson declared her intention to run for reelection to a fourth term in 2018, putting to rest previously reported...more

Missouri Court of Appeals Upholds $1.5 Million Whistleblower Jury Verdict

On January 22, 2018, the Missouri Court of Appeals upheld a jury verdict awarding approximately $1.5 million in damages to a radiation oncologist after finding that she had been constructively and wrongfully terminated in...more

Court Answers More Questions on Church Plan Exemption

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

As we reported last year, the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, ruled that an employee benefit program for employees of a church-affiliated organization can qualify as a “church” plan, if (a) the plan is maintained by...more

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