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Employment law expert discusses risks of talking politics at the office

August 6th, 2010

The start of the 2010 election cycle has brought a new fervor to regional and national politics. The gubernatorial and Senate races at the state level are hotly contested while the national political landscape is changing on a daily basis. Social and political issues such as the Arizona immigration law, the economy, states’ budget crises [Read more...]

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...]