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California Dreaming: Pennsylvania’s Proposed “Freedom to Work Act” Aims to Join California in Banning Non-Compete Agreements

by Fisher Phillips on

Late last year, Pennsylvania legislators introduced House Bill 1938, the “Freedom to Work Act” (the “Act”), an outright ban on “covenant[s] not to compete” in Pennsylvania. Under the Act, “a covenant not to compete is...more

Federal Court Strikes Down Certain EEOC Wellness Program Regulations, Effective January 1, 2019

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

In a recent decision with a nation-wide effect, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia struck down certain provisions of the EEOC’s Wellness Program regulations. As we have previously discussed, workplace...more

9th Circuit Finds That FERC Acted Arbitrarily and Capriciously by Awarding Incentive Adders to PG&E for Membership in CAISO

In an opinion issued January 8, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit found that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) had acted arbitrarily and capriciously when it determined that Pacific...more

Update on Employer Wellness Incentives

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

Employers sponsoring wellness plans may see changes to the regulations authorizing these programs over the next year in light of a recent federal district court decision. Background - Last summer, a federal district...more

Federal Court Nixes EEOC's Wellness Rules But Delays Effective Date

In 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission adopted regulations that limit the amount of incentives employers can provide employees to participate in wellness programs under the companies’ group medical insurance...more

Housing Choice Initiative

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Housing Choices, Housing Development On Monday, December 11, 2017, the Baker Administration announced the Housing Choice Initiative, which is intended to increase housing development in Massachusetts. The Initiative intends...more

Ohio Attorney General reports 78.3% compliance rate for 2016 economic development incentives

by Bricker & Eckler LLP on

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine recently released his 2017 Report to the General Assembly on Compliance with State Awards for Economic Development, which showed “an overall compliance rate of 78.3%,” according to a press...more

New Legislation May Allow Carve-Out For Bypassing Wisconsin Court Of Appeals

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

In an unprecedented deal for the state of Wisconsin, Foxconn, a Taiwanese electronics company, has been offered an incentive package worth an estimated $3 billion to bring a manufacturing plant to southeast Wisconsin. Part of...more

Checking In On GINA: Revisiting the EEOC’s Rules on the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act

by Fisher Phillips on

On May 16, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued regulations governing the treatment of wellness programs under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”), as well as under the...more

Bellevue’s Downtown Livability Initiative

Nearly five years after the Bellevue City Council commenced the Downtown Livability Initiative, the Council brought the initiative full circle by unanimously adopting a substantially revised, 190-page downtown land use code....more

The CRM Marathon – and the Data Dash

by Chris Fritsch on

Along the CRM implementation route, data quality issues are a common hurdle for every organization. Here’s why: during a law firm CRM rollout, thousands of shared contacts quickly flow into the system from users....more

Thaler Wins the Nobel Prize and Informs Compliance Programs

by Thomas Fox on

Richard H. Thaler won the Nobel Prize in Economics yesterday. Binyamin Appelbaum, reporting in a New York Times (NYT) a piece entitled, “Nobel in Economics Is Awarded to Richard Thaler”, wrote that “Thaler, whose work has...more

Employee Wellness Developments: Keeping Your Finger on the Pulse

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

As we alluded in our “Preparing for the Unknown: Open Enrollment 2018” blog post, employers that are finalizing their employee benefit plan designs in advance of the 2018 plan year would be well-advised to monitor the...more

EEOC Says It Will Not Propose New Regulations for Employer Wellness Programs Until August 2018

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

As we reported previously, on August 22, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia directed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to reconsider its regulations on employer wellness programs under the...more

Back to the Drawing Board for EEOC Wellness Program Rules

by Genova Burns LLC on

On August 22 the U.S. District Court in D.C. granted summary judgment to the AARP which challenged the EEOC’s rules governing employer wellness programs. The rules allow an employer to offer or impose on an employee financial...more

Well, I Know a Little About Wellness Programs: Court Finds EEOC’s Incentive Limit Unsupported, Remands to Agency

On August 22, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued its decision in the American Association of Retired Persons, Inc.’s (AARP) challenge to the wellness program regulations issued by the U.S. Equal...more

Workplace Wellness Program Incentives Under Fire - Again

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

For years, employers have been trying to find the right incentives for employees to embrace wellness programs. If incentives are too meager, employees are not likely to participate. If they are weighted too heavily in favor...more

Court rejects coercive, biased rule favoring intrusive workplace wellness plans

American workers have gotten back a little breathing room from corporations’ intrusive push to try to get them to surrender more of their personal, private health information as part of workplace wellness programs linked to...more

CMS Proposes to Cancel Medicare Episode Payment and Cardiac Rehab Incentive Payment Models, and to Cut Back Joint Replacement...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

On August 17, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under the Trump administration published a proposed rule to cancel Medicare’s hospital Episode Payment Models (EPMs) and Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR)...more

EEOC’s Wellness Program Incentive Regulations Rejected by the District Court

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On August 22, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia held that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (“EEOC”) regulations defining what incentives an employer may use to promote participation...more

EEOC to Reevaluate the ADA and GINA Rules on Wellness Programs

We previously reported that AARP was attempting to stop the EEOC’s final wellness program rules under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) from taking effect on...more

Judge Orders EEOC to Reevaluate Wellness Program Regulations

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must revisit regulations governing employee wellness programs because the agency did not provide adequate supporting information for the...more

EEOC Must Reconsider its Wellness Regulations

by Littler on

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia invalidated the EEOC’s final regulations on the operation of voluntary wellness programs under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information...more

Court Throws Monkey Wrench Into Wellness Programs

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has ordered the EEOC to reconsider its final regulations on the extent to which an employer may offer incentives to participate in a wellness program without violating the...more

7 things you should know about sweepstakes and contests in employee incentive programs

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Four years ago, I wrote an article for this blog about creating in-house incentive contests. Since that time we have seen a considerable increase in the number of incentive programs that we have been asked to prepare for...more

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