New Overtime Exemption Threshold: $47,000 or $50,400?

The new overtime exemption rule formulated by the Department of Labor (DOL) is now under review by the Office of Management and Budget, which puts it in line for implementation this summer. When the DOL first floated the new overtime rule, it pegged the annual salary to qualify for an exemption from overtime at $50,400, […]

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HHS to Fund Zika Virus Research

To speed the development of diagnostic tests for Zika virus infection, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) will support the collection of blood samples from people in the continental United States and Puerto Rico who have been infected with Zika virus, the agency […]

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HHS Issues Final Rule to Overhaul Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care

On Monday the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule to overhaul managed care in the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) systems. The final rule has four key goals, according to HHS:  (1) supporting states’ efforts to advance delivery system reform and improvements in quality of care for Medicaid […]

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CDC, OSHA Issue Guidelines on Protecting Workers from Zika Virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have issued new guidance and information for protecting workers from occupational exposure to Zika virus. Interim guidance for outdoor workers, healthcare and laboratory workers, mosquito control workers, and business travelers to protect against occupational exposure to Zika virus Interim guidance […]

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DOL Issues New FMLA Poster and Employer Guidebook

The Department of Labor (DOL) today announced that it will be issuing a newer, more user-friendly FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) poster, along with a guidebook for employers. The new poster can be used interchangeably with the previous version, but one or the other is mandatory if your company qualifies for FMLA leave for […]

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Reality TV Goes Too Far, Films Dying Patient — Gets Fined $2.2M

This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced that it reached a $2.2 million settlement with New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) for the egregious disclosure of two patients’ protected health information (PHI) to film crews and staff during the filming of “NY Med,” an ABC television series, […]

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Uber Settles Two Lawsuits in Bid to Retain Independent Contractor Model

Ride-hailing giant Uber, currently valued at more than $60 billion, will pay drivers in California and Massachusetts at least $84 million to settle class action lawsuits seeking to overturn the drivers’ status as independent contractors. For the time being at least, the settlements mean Uber can continue using its independent contractor business model. The now-settled […]

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Hospital Quality Rating System Delayed by CMS

Is that hospital where you just had open-heart surgery a five star or a one star? You’ll have to wait until July, at the earliest, to find out. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday delayed implementation of its hospital quality rating system that was set to debut this week amid questions about […]

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UnitedHealth Makes It Official: Obamacare Withdrawal Underway

UnitedHealth Group Inc., the nation’s largest health insurance firm, has announced it plans to withdraw from all but “a handful” of Obamacare states in 2017 as it faces losses from the program rising to $650 million this year. UnitedHealth currently insures 795,000 Obamacare enrollees in 34 states, but CEO Stephen J. Hemsley says “the shorter-term, […]

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OSHA Publishes Final Rule on Retaliation Complaints under Food Safety Modernization Act

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published a final rule establishing procedures for handling retaliation complaints under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The final rule also explains the burdens of proof, remedies and statute of limitations similar to other whistleblower protection statutes that OSHA administers. Section 402 of the FSMA, signed into law […]

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