White House Mulls Changing PPACA Grandfathering Clause

The White House and IRS have already delayed and/or modified requirements mandated in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and now the law’s grandfathering provision may be altered. Under PPACA, any company that changes its health insurance provider loses its grandfathered status, which would open the company to stricter conditions and regulations–and a potential […]

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Equality Act Restricts Health-Related Questioning of Job Applicants

The Equality Act, which became law on Oct. 1, 2010, prohibits an employer from asking a job applicant questions about his or her health. The restriction applies only to pre-hire questioning, meaning that a job can be offered on the condition that the person undergoes a health screening or questionnaire. The catch here, however, is […]

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OSHA Gets Tough on Injury, Illness Under-Reporting

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently toughened its standards for investigating companies, specifically manufacturers, that under-report injuries and illnesses. In 2009, OSHA announced a "National Emphasis Program on Recordkeeping" that specifically targeted firms that are thought to have incorrectly reported workplace-related injuries and illnesses. The goal was and is to improve reporting accuracy through […]

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States Begin Recalculating Minimum Wages Based on CPI

Vermont and Washington have both announced new minimum wage rates to take effect on New Year’s Day 2011 based on year-to-year inflation. Vermont’s Department of Labor announced it will increase that state’s minimum wage from $8.06 to $8.15 based on an annual inflation rate of 1.1 percent as calculated in August. Washington’s Department of Labor […]

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Employment Litigation Rises for Third Straight Year

In its annual survey of corporate legal departments, Fulbright and Jaworski L.L.P. found that 87 percent of respondents have been involved in employment and labor lawsuits in 2010, up from 83 percent in 2009, while 53 percent of those responding actually initiated the legal action, up from the prior year’s 46 percent.  Overall, 93 percent […]

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Arizona Minimum Wage to Rise to $7.35 on Jan. 1, 2011

Arizona will raise its minimum wage 10 cents above the federal rate on Jan. 1, 2011, bringing it to $7.35 an hour In 2006, Arizona voters enacted the “Raise the Minimum Wage for Working Arizonans Act.” This law provides for annual minimum wage rate hikes based on increases in the cost of living. The cost […]

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President Signs Communication and Video Accessibility Act

Congress has passed and the president signed legislation expanding on the rights of disabled persons to use, access and enjoy the benefits of modern technology on computers, smartphones, televisions and other communication devices. "The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act will make it easier for people who are deaf, blind or live with a […]

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Feds Threaten to Take Over Hawaii Safety Inspections

Worried that staffing levels, response times and frequency of health and safety inspections have all fallen in Hawaii, Federal OSHA is threatening to retake inspection and enforcement functions from the state’s Department of Labor, which has been in charge for the past 25 years. In that quarter-century span, workplace inspections have reportedly tumbled 90 percent while […]

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OSHA Reveals Top Ten Violations of 2010

The year isn’t officially over yet, but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has already revealed its list of the Top Ten Most Cited Violations for 2010 (list below). The occasion was the recent National Safety Council (NSC) meeting. Employers, if you want to avoid joining the list of cited companies, visit Personnel Concepts’ […]

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California’s New Workers’ Comp Poster Must Be Up by Oct. 8

Personnel Concepts would like to remind all employers in California that the state’s revised workers’ compensation poster, known as "Notice to Employees–Injuries Caused by Work," goes into effect this Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, according to the California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC). The poster is mandatory and must be displayed in both English and Spanish […]

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