The Obama Immigration Plan Legal Saga Continues

President Obama’s executive immigration edicts from November 2014 have been put on hold by a federal district judge and then once again upon review by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and both decisions now rest on the docket of the U.S. Supreme Court for final review. Facing a possible hearing by SCOTUS in […]

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Time to Update Your Labor Law Poster, Especially If…

Especially if you’re in one of the 13 states that will greet the New Year with new minimum wage rates and mandatory workplace notices: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New York (which actually takes effect on Dec. 31, 2015), Rhode Island, South Dakota and Vermont. In addition, both Washington, D.C. and […]

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Rules Proposed for Child Care Block Grant Program

New proposed rules to improve child care have been announced by the Administration for Children and Families, an office within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The proposed rules offer additional guidance on program requirements established by the bipartisan Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014, which was passed by Congress and […]

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Health Care Reporting Deadlines Extended for Employers

The February and March deadlines for employers to report health care information to their employees and to the IRS have been pushed back to March 31, and in some cases to June 30. The original deadline for reporting to employees was Feb. 1, with a new two-month window until March 31. The Feb. 29 and […]

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Obamacare Death by a Thousand Cuts?

As part of the budget deal set to pass today, Republicans (largely) have delayed two Obamacare taxes and extended a moratorium on federal funds for use in the “risk corridors” program. Both the medical device tax and the Cadillac tax on expensive health insurance plans have been delayed, the first until Dec. 31, 2017, and […]

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Comment Period Extended Until Jan. 28 on EEOC Proposed Wellness Rule

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has extended the comment period on its proposed wellness rule from Dec. 29 to Jan. 28, 2016. The proposed rule addresses “inducements to employees’ spouses or other family members who respond to questions about their current or past medical conditions on health risk assessments (HRA)” in connection with wellness […]

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What’s a Federal Deadline Worth? Not Much Evidently Unless It’s Tax Time

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Tuesday extended by 48 hours the deadline for consumers to sign up for health care coverage on the Obamacare exchanges that would kick in on New Year’s Day. After initially saying that those who had trouble signing up by the original deadline, Dec. 15, would have additional […]

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As Web Visits Soar, Some Obamacare Shoppers Given Extensions for Jan. 1 Coverage

As visits to HealthCare.gov soared on Monday to the highest level ever — some 178,000 individuals at the same time — anxious consumers who were unable to get the help they needed to sign up for Obamacare coverage beginning Jan. 1 were given special enrollment period (SEP) status, according to the New York Times and USA […]

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Consumer-Friendly Features Added to HealthCare.Gov

As consumers count down to today’s enrollment deadline for Jan. 1 coverage, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that new HealthCare.gov consumer decision support features piloted earlier this enrollment season are now fully deployed for all visitors.  The new Out-of-Pocket Cost calculator, Doctor and Facility Lookup, and Prescription Drug Lookup features will help consumers to […]

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MLB Lawsuit Attracts 500 Minor League Signatories

Since winning class action certification in October, the lawsuit against Major League Baseball (MLB) over wage-and-hour issues for its minor leaguers has seen some 500 current and former players add their names, including a couple already in the big leagues. “We’re very happy with it,” said Garrett Broshuis, the lawyer handling the case, a former minor-league […]

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