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Ways and Means panel mulls ACA coverage for OTC medicines

May 4th, 2012

The House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee on April 25 considered a billion provision sic. 9003) in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that prohibits using certain tax-favored spending plans to reimburse taxpayers for the cost of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. GOP lawmakers said requiring taxpayers to visit a doctor is tantamount to a tax [Read more...]

Employers beware when using arrest and conviction records in employment decisions, Pepper Hamilton attorney warns

May 4th, 2012

Employers whose criminal conviction policies have a disparate impact on race and/or national origin will face a heavy burden in defending their policies before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, according to Pepper Hamilton LLP labor and employment partner Susan K. Lessack.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved on April 25, 2012 its first Enforcement Guidance [Read more...]

Minnesota state agency to pay $53,000 in damages plus insurance coverage to resolve final case of “Age 55 Cliff” discriminatory early retirement plans

May 3rd, 2012

The EEOC announced on May 2, 2012, that a federal judge has approved a consent decree requiring the Minnesota Board of Public Defense (BOPD) to make restitution to settle an EEOC age discrimination lawsuit. The BOPD must pay $53,000 to four former employees who were denied employer contri¬bu¬tions for retiree health and dental insurance because [Read more...]

Wal-Mart to pay nearly $5 million to resolve FLSA overtime violations; also assessed nearly $500,000 in civil penalties

May 3rd, 2012

The DOL has announced that Wal-Mart Stores Inc will pay $4,828,442 in back wages and damages to over 4,500 employees across the country to resolve violations of the FLSA’s overtime provisions. The retail giant, based Bentonville, Arkansas, will also pay $463,815 in civil money penalties.
The award stems from an investigation by the DOL’s Wage and [Read more...]

Legislation introduced in House to bar employers from requiring employees and applicants to provide social media information

May 2nd, 2012

Under legislation introduced last week in the U.S. House of Representatives, employers would be barred from requiring employees or job applicants to divulge password information for their social media accounts. The Social Networking Online Protection Act (SNOPA) is the latest legislative response by state and federal governments to reports that employers were making such demands.
Although [Read more...]