OSHA Announces Top 10 Violations for FY 2014

The following is a list of the top 10 most frequently cited standards following inspections of worksites by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for fiscal year 2014, which ended on Sept. 30, 2014. OSHA publishes this list to alert employers about these commonly cited standards so they can take steps to find and […]

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HHS Announces Ebola Vaccine Project Agreements

Contracts to speed further development of two promising Ebola vaccines, known as rVSV-ZEBOV-GP and ChAd3 EBO-Z, could pave the way for commercial-scale production of millions of vaccine doses if clinical trials prove safety and efficacy, officials of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) […]

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Court Voids DOL’s Home Health Care Minimum Wage Rule

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday struck down a Department of Labor (DOL) rule folding home health care workers into the wage provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), calling the rule a “thinly-veiled effort to do through regulation what could not be done through legislation.” The Wagner Act of […]

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HHS Says 6.4 Million Have Signed Up for Obamacare in Year Two

From Nov. 15 to Dec. 19, nearly 6.4 million consumers selected a plan in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) or were automatically re-enrolled, with approximately 30 percent of this total comprised of people newly signing up for Marketplace coverage, according to statistics released today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “We still […]

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Proposed Rules on Excepted Benefits to Be Published

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury are seeking public comment on proposed rules that would amend the definition of excepted benefits to include certain limited wraparound coverage. The proposed rules would allow group health plan sponsors, in limited circumstances, to offer wraparound coverage to employees who are purchasing individual health insurance […]

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Patient Groups Want ACA ‘Discrimination’ Better Defined

A coalition of 279 patient advocacy groups calling itself “I Am (Still) Essential” has called on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to better define what is considered discrimination under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). “As part of the plan review process for 2015, we thought there would be a better review of […]

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HHS Partners with 8 Large Pharmacies to Promote Obamacare

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is collaborating with eight of the nation’s largest pharmacies to encourage enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace at thousands of locations across the country. Ahold USA Companies, Bi-Lo Holdings, CVS Health, H-E-B, Kroger, Rite Aid, Walgreens and Walmart are playing an important role in providing information about […]

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NLRB Files Complaints Against McDonald’s and Some Franchisees as Joint Employers

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of the General Counsel has issued complaints against McDonald’s franchisees and their franchisor, McDonald’s USA, LLC, as joint employers. The complaints allege that McDonald’s USA, LLC, and certain franchisees violated the rights of employees working at McDonald’s restaurants at various locations around the country by, among other things, […]

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Get Ready for New OSHA Reporting Requirements Coming Jan. 1

For employers under federal jurisdiction of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), New Year’s means more than just making resolutions; employers will also need to comply with new reporting requirements going into effect Jan. 1, 2015. Employers will now be required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, […]

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HHS Partners With Tech Companies to Spread the Obamacare Word

Following its pact with PayNearMe, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has now partnered with tech companies Monster.com, Peers.org and higi to help spread the word on signing up for insurance coverage on HealthCare.gov. “These innovative companies help us to reach our consumers where they are with the information they need to sign up […]

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