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HHS withdraws HIPAA security rules over concerns that “harm standard” was not protective enough

August 6th, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced the withdrawal of its interim final regulations addressing security notification for breaches of information that involve protected health information (PHI) subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). An interim final rule under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health [Read more...]

Most employers expect to give pay raises next year, Mercer survey finds

August 5th, 2010

Organizations plan to adjust their compensation practices for next year in response to concern over losing top talent after the past year of pay freezes and, for some, signs of economic recovery. According to Mercer’s 2010/2011 US Compensation Planning Survey, more than 98 percent of companies plan to award base pay increases in 2011. Moreover, just [Read more...]

Missouri voters become the first to reject key federal health reform provisions

August 5th, 2010

On the heels of the first district court ruling validating legal challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, (PPACA), Missouri’s primary election drew nearly 939,000 votes on Proposition C, a ballot initiative relating to federal health care reform. The measure, which was approved by over 71 percent of votes cast, read:
“Shall the Missouri [Read more...]

Homeland Security issues final electronic Form I-9 regs

August 4th, 2010

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued final regulations to provide that employers and recruiters or referrers for a fee who are required to complete and retain the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, may sign the form electronically and retain the form in an electronic format. The final rule makes minor changes to the interim [Read more...]

California Kaiser Permanente workers to vote in one of NLRB’s largest union elections

August 4th, 2010

The National Labor Relations Board announced August 2 that it will conduct an election by mail for more than 40,000 employees of Kaiser Permanente. The ballot will decide if eligible voters desire to switch unions, remain with their current union, or have no union at all. The employees are currently represented by United Healthcare Workers [Read more...]