S.F. Giants Strike Out on Steady Stream of FLSA Fastballs

The Department of Labor (DOL) came out with a blazing arsenal of labor law fastballs against the San Francisco Giants baseball franchise and came away with a winner's share of more than half a million bucks for aggrieved clubhouse employees. After a DOL investigation, the San Francisco Giants baseball team agreed to pay $544,715 in back […]

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NLRB Issues Employee Rights App for Smartphones

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), stung by various court rejections of its National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) poster detailing employee rights in the workplace, has taken its cause to the world of smartphones, unveiling an app on Labor Day Weekend spelling out employer obligations and employee protections. “The promise of the law can only […]

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Another Obamacare Rule Out the Window on Eve of Marketplaces

A rule in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requiring reporting within one hour of all breaches of protected health information (PHI) during Health Insurance Marketplace activities has been dropped in the final regulations, to be published today in the Federal Register. "Because the one-hour incident response timeline has been included in all the data sharing […]

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IRS Recognizes Same-Sex Spouses for Tax Purposes

The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today ruled that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. The ruling applies regardless of whether the couple lives in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage or a jurisdiction that does […]

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HHS Clarifies Definition of Spouse for Nursing Home Care Under Medicare Advantage

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a memo clarifying that all beneficiaries in private Medicare plans have access to equal coverage when it comes to care in a nursing home where their spouse lives.  This is the first guidance issued by HHS in response to the recent Supreme Court ruling, which […]

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IRS Issues Final Regs on Penalties for Not Buying Insurance Under Obamacare

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) yesterday issued final regulations regarding penalties under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for those who fail to maintain "minimum essential coverage." Those who fail to maintain minimum essential health insurance coverage in 2014 will pay a fine of $95 or 1 percent of houshold income, whichever is larger. The fine […]

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HHS Delays Approval of Health Insurance Plans to Be Sold by ACA Marketplaces

Citing vague references to technical issues ("providing additional flexibility and time to handle technical requests"), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has delayed approval of the health insurance policies to be sold by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplaces beginning Oct. 1. Originally slated for Sept. 5-9, the approval/signing process will now take […]

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DOL Issues Rules for Federal Contractors on the Hiring of Veterans

The Department of Labor (DOL) today announced two final rules to improve hiring and employment of veterans and for people with disabilities. One rule updates requirements under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974; the other updates those under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For more than 40 years these […]

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ICE Reverses Course on Pre-Filling Form I-9

In May, the Worksite Investigation Enforcement Unit of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency announced that employers should not pre-fill any part of Section 1 of the Form I-9, which is used to verify an applicant's eligibility to legally work in the United States. ICE officials have now reversed course and said there is […]

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DOL to Host Affordable Care Act Webcast Aug. 29

The Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration has announced an upcoming webcast, "The Affordable Care Act: How Will It Affect Me?", scheduled to take place Thursday, Aug. 29 from 1-2 p.m. EDT. EBSA staff will be joined on the webcast by colleagues from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Department of […]

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