Labor Groups Worried Over Possible Delay in Home Care Worker Rule

More than 40 labor and advocacy groups have sent a joint letter to Labor Secretary Tom Perez to voice their concerns that the Department of Labor (DOL) might delay the rollout of its home care workers rule. The proposed rule would extend minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers. “The basic rights of […]

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Health Care Subsidy, Residency Deadline Looms Today

Today is the final deadline (following an original Sept. 5 deadline) for income and citizenship verification for hundreds of thousands of people who signed up for insurance on HealthCare.gov, but whose income statements didn’t jibe with IRS records or who failed to provide proper residency/citizenship verification. The Obama administration says about 300,000 people are affected […]

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USCIS Publishes Form I-9 Webinar on Demand

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has produced a “Form I-9 Webinar on Demand.” You can watch any of its 14 sections individually or the whole video in one 22-minute segment. For more details on complying with all forms of employment eligibility verification, please get a copy of Personnel Concepts’ I-9 Compliance Kit.

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EEOC Files First Two Transgender Discrimination Lawsuits

Lakeland Eye Clinic, a Lakeland, Fla.-based organization of health care professionals, discriminated based on sex in violation of federal law by firing an employee because she is transgender, because she was transitioning from male to female, and/or because she did not conform to the employer’s gender-based expectations, preferences, or stereotypes, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission […]

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HHS Reconsiders Obamacare Enrollment Goal for Second Year

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathew Burwell told the Los Angeles Times this week that her agency is reconsidering its 13-million policyholder goal for enrollment in the second year of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the first year, after drop-outs the enrollment stands at 7.3 million, meaning that almost 6 million more would have […]

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Number of Insurers Offering Federal Obamacare Policies Jumps 25 Percent

The number of health insurance companies offering policies on HealthCare.gov beginning Nov. 15 — the start of the next open enrollment period — will jump to 249 from the 191 that participated during the first enrollment period. And that’s after subtracting nine companies that are opting out. In announcing the uptick, Health and Human Services […]

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Supreme Court Turns 225 Today

The Supreme Court came into being 225 years ago today when President George Washington signed the Judiciary Act of 1789. The act gave the court six justices, and over the years the number has changed to where it stands today at nine justices. The act also established the system of lower courts and the post […]

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USCIS Replaces Secure Red Ink With Secure Blue Ink

U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun using a new secure blue ink for many of its secure stamps. The older secure red ink was retired and is no longer used by USCIS.  You will now see the following list of stamps with secure blue ink: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Parole Stamp […]

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HIPAA Omnibus Rule Compliance Deadline Arrives

The compliance deadline for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Omnibus Final Rule, issued in January 2013, has arrived. By tomorrow (Sept. 23, 2014), both covered entities and business associates need to be in full compliance with the rule’s provisions. As the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced when issuing the […]

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More Than 100,000 Stand to Lose Obamacare Coverage

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has warned again that some 115,000 people will lose the health insurance policies they purchased under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) if they don’t submit documents showing their legal right to reside in the United States by the end of the month. “We are committed to keeping […]

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