eHealthInsurance.com to Enroll Customers for Obamacare Marketplaces

The news almost slipped by, but financial reporters noticed yesterday that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and eHealthInsurance.com had forged an agreement that allows the online insurance broker to sell policies on the federal Obamacare marketplaces. The news surfaced on Yahoo Finance, CNBC and other financial media outlets when a filing late […]

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NLRB Up to Five Fully Confirmed Members at Last

For the first time in a decade, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is up to strength with five members fully approved by the U.S. Senate following yesterday afternoon's vote on a revised slate of appointees. As part of the recent nuclear showdown in the Senate over the use of the filibuster, Republicans were able […]

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ACA Research Fees Due Tomorrow

A research fee established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) takes effect tomorrow, July 31, when health insurers and companies with self-insured health plans must begin paying $1 per covered person for plan years that end before Oct. 1, 2013. For plan years ending between this Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 of next year, the […]

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Rhode Island Bans Criminal Conviction Questions on Applications

Rhode Island has enacted a law, typically known as "Ban the Box," that prohibits employment applications from containing questions about prior criminal convictions beginning Jan. 1, 2014. The state's Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA), which the new law amends, already bans questions on applications concerning arrests or charges. The law does provide exceptions for law […]

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HHS Claims ACA Has Saved Seniors More than $7 Billion in Drug Costs

On the eve of the 48th anniversary of the signing of Medicare and Medicaid into law, new information released today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) claims to show a stronger Medicare program because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to HHS, some 6.6 million people with Medicare have saved more […]

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Fast Food Strikes Planned All Week

Fast Food Forward, an advocacy group for fast food workers based in New York, joined by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and other groups, is spearheading a weeklong series of strikes at fast food establishments, highlighting worker demands for a $15 minimum wage and the right to unionize without fear of retaliation. The first […]

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BLS Releases Annual ‘American Time Use Study’ for 2012

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently released its annual American Time Use Study, which tracks the daily habits of all Americans (not just working Americans) from age 15 up. The latest survey is for 2012. Eliminating non-workers from the stats shows that the average working American spends 8.05 hours a working day in job-related […]

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USCIS Publishes FAQs on Same-Sex Spouses

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have moved quickly to implement changes brought about by the Supreme Court's decision invalidating the definition of marriage in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). After that decision, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano directed her agency to "review immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a […]

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ADA Celebrates 23rd Anniversary Today

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law on July 26, 1990, 23 years ago today, as then-President George H.W. Bush signed the legislation into law. The ADA contains five sections, or what are called "titles" in government-ese, to wit: Title I Employment, Title II State and Local Government, Title III Public Accommodations, Title IV […]

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State Attorneys General Write EEOC to Oppose Its Criminal Background Stance

Nine state attorneys general have joined ranks to compose and send a five-page letter to Chair Jacqueline Berrien of the Equal Emplloyment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) opposing the EEOC's stance on criminal background checks in general and its lawsuits against BMW and Dollar General in particular. The lawsuits charge those two firms with discrimination in employment […]

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