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ACA MARKETPLACE NOTICES DUE OCTOBER 1

September 25, 2013

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), all employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)* must notify their employees about the new Health Insurance Marketplace , whether or not the employer currently provides health coverage to its employees. The Marketplace opens for enrollment in ...

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OFCCP ISSUES FINAL RULES FOR FEDERAL CONTRACTORS

September 23, 2013

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced two final rules revising the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and Rehabilitation Act regulations.  For more than 40 years these laws have required federal contractors and subcontractors to ...

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BANK OF AMERICA TO PAY $2.2 MILLION FOR RACIAL BIAS

September 19, 2013

In a case that has spanned nearly two decades, Bank of America has been ordered to pay 1,147 African American job applicants $2,181,593 in back wages and interest for race-based hiring discrimination at the company's Charlotte facility. U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge ...

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SAME-SEX MARRIAGE GUIDANCE ON EMPLOYEE BENEFITS AND TAXES

September 18, 2013

New guidance released by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) clarifies that same-sex couples in legal marriages can participate in employee benefit plans, even if the state they live in does not recognize same-sex marriages. The DOL issued the new guidance following a recent U.S. Supreme ...

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BLS PUBLISHES FATAL OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES FOR 2012

September 10, 2013

Preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries just released show a reduction in the number of fatal work injuries in 2012 compared with 2011. Last year, 4,383 workers died from work-related injuries, down from a final count of ...

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IRS TIPS ON DETERMINING INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR STATUS

September 6, 2013

The IRS has released new information to help employers correctly determine whether the individuals providing services are employees or independent contractors. Employers are required to withhold income taxes, withhold and pay Social Security and Medicare taxes, and pay unemployment tax on wages ...

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HIPAA FINAL RULES TAKE EFFECT SEPTEMBER 23

August 22, 2013

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule to strengthen the privacy and security protections for health information established under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The final omnibus rule greatly ...

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HEALTH CARE COSTS SUBSIDY CALCULATOR

August 21, 2013

The Kaiser Family Foundation has released an online subsidy calculator that allows individuals to get an estimate of what their health care premiums and savings might be on an Insurance Marketplace plan. The calculator was created by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), a non-profit research ...

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EMPLOYER TO PAY $302,000 FOR HARASSMENT AND RETALIATION

August 19, 2013

A home healthcare provider has agreed to pay $302,500 in back pay and damages to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed against it by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The suit was filed when the company terminated three women who had complained of sexual harassment by their ...

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NEW OSHA RULE TO LIMIT WORKER EXPOSURE TO SILICA

August 16, 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a proposed rule aimed at curbing lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in workers. The proposal seeks to lower worker exposure to crystalline silica, ...

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