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PROPOSED RULES ON EMPLOYER HEALTH CARE REPORTING

October 18, 2013

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that certain employers report information regarding the health coverage they offer their full-time employees to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Known as Section 6056 reporting, employers with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees will ...

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OSHA RELEASES NEW FALL PREVENTION TRAINING GUIDE

October 16, 2013

A new OSHA Fall Prevention Training Guide with "tool box talks" is now available to educate workers on how to stay safe while working on roofs, scaffolding and ladders. According to OSHA, falls cause more deaths in construction than any other hazard. In 2011, falls accounted for over ...

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MISCLASSIFIED WORKERS WILL COST EMPLOYER $1.5 MILLION

October 14, 2013

In yet another case involving employees misclassified as independent contractors, an Ohio cable and telecommunications company must pay nearly $1.5 million for failing to pay overtime compensation to some 250 employees. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio held that the ...

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FLOWCHART EXPLAINS INDIVIDUAL REQUIREMENT TO BUY HEALTH COVERAGE

October 12, 2013

A new flowchart is now available that details which individuals must purchase health insurance or pay a penalty under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the simple flowchart illustrates how the “individual mandate” works. Employers may ...

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SPANISH VERSION OF FMLA POSTER & GUIDE RELEASED

October 11, 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor has finally released a Spanish version of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) poster. The release of the Spanish poster on September 30, 2013, comes some seven months after the department released a revised English version of the poster last February. Poster ...

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FINAL RULE EXTENDS FLSA PROTECTIONS TO HOME CARE WORKERS

October 10, 2013

Last March, we reported on a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that would extend minimum wage and overtime benefits to home care workers. On September 17, 2013, the DOL announced a final rule extending the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime ...

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SAFETY VIOLATIONS ISSUED AFTER WORKER DIES FROM EXCESSIVE HEAT

October 10, 2013

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited two companies for safety violations after a worker died from heat stress last June. BFI Waste Services of Texas LP, doing business as Republic Services Inc., and their temporary labor provider Recana Solutions LLC received ...

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ACA MARKETPLACE NOTICES DUE OCTOBER 1

September 25, 2013

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), all employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)* must notify their employees about the new Health Insurance Marketplace , whether or not the employer currently provides health coverage to its employees. The Marketplace opens for enrollment in ...

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OFCCP ISSUES FINAL RULES FOR FEDERAL CONTRACTORS

September 23, 2013

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced two final rules revising the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and Rehabilitation Act regulations.  For more than 40 years these laws have required federal contractors and subcontractors to ...

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BANK OF AMERICA TO PAY $2.2 MILLION FOR RACIAL BIAS

September 19, 2013

In a case that has spanned nearly two decades, Bank of America has been ordered to pay 1,147 African American job applicants $2,181,593 in back wages and interest for race-based hiring discrimination at the company's Charlotte facility. U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge ...

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