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UPDATE ON SUPREME COURT ACTIONS RELATED TO BENEFITS

While the insurance world waits for the Supreme Court’s decision on subsidies for health insurance in the federally facilitated exchanges, the Court has been unusually busy with regard to other benefit-related cases.  Recent actions involve retiree health benefits, the individual … Continue reading

UPDATE ON STATE AND LOCAL PAID SICK LEAVE LAWS

One of the most difficult tasks for human resource and return-to-work professionals is keeping up with state and local laws.  Below is a summary of some of the latest developments. ——– The article you have requested is members-only content. Please … Continue reading

DATA BREACHES SHOULD SERVE AS REMINDER FOR HIPAA COMPLIANCE

Recent well publicized data breaches, such as at Anthem, Premera Blue Cross and Sony, should serve as a reminder to all employers to make sure they are up to date on compliance efforts under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) … Continue reading

REFUSING DRIVING ACCOMMODATIONS BARS ADA SUIT

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has ruled that an employee who refused to agree to a reasonable accommodation offered by his employer cannot proceed with a lawsuit.  A job description that specifically mentioned a driver’s … Continue reading

DISCUSSIONS BEGIN REGARDING THE CADILLAC TAX

John Garner (for web)

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has published Notice 2015-16, which is intended to initiate and inform the process of developing regulatory guidance regarding the excise tax on high cost employer-sponsored health coverage under, commonly called the Cadillac tax.  Section 4980I … Continue reading