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New health reform rules specify minimum annual limits, provide model language for patient protections

June 24th, 2010

Minimum annual dollar limits for health plans in 2010 through 2013 were established in interim final regulations announced on June 23, 2010, by the Internal Revenue Service, the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), and the Department of Health and Human Services.
The interim final regulations provide detailed guidance on four separate health insurance provisions in the [Read more...]

Kansas Clean Indoor Air Act challenged on equal protection grounds; was scheduled to go into effect July 1

June 24th, 2010

The Kansas Clean Indoor Air Act (H.B. 2221), scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2010, bans smoking in most public places, including bars and restaurants and any place of employment, but provides several exceptions. A coalition of drinking establishments and bingo operations are challenging the law as unconstitutional, claiming the law treats similar [Read more...]

Wage & Hour Division clarifies FMLA definition of “son or daughter” as it applies to employees claiming parental relationships

June 23rd, 2010

Due to employer and employee confusion over how the FMLA applies when there is no legal or biological parent-child relationship, the Wage and Hour Deputy Administrator has provided additional clarification on the definition of “son or daughter” in the context of an employee taking FMLA-protected leave for the birth or placement of a child, to [Read more...]

Milwaukee religious leader charged in religious visa fraud scheme; Indian nationals allegedly paid $30,000 to fraudulently enter US as religious workers

June 23rd, 2010

A religious leader from India, who owns and operates a local Hindu temple, faces charges that he fraudulently obtained religious worker visas for Indian nationals and charged them up to $30,000 each, announced US Immigration and Customs and Enforcement. Sagarsen Haldar, an Indian national residing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was charged in the Eastern District of [Read more...]

Attorneys discuss prevalence of social networking in the workplace, and outline tips for developing a policy

June 22nd, 2010

In a webinar on the subject of social networking, Fisher & Phillips attorneys laid out statistics identifying just how prevalent use of social networking sites has become. The numbers are staggering. MySpace, for example, reports more than 185 million users contribute to more than 50 million posts per day. As of June, the presenters say [Read more...]