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EBRI says early retiree reinsurance funds likely will be exhausted in 2012, two years before end of program

June 8th, 2010

A $5 billion temporary reinsurance program designed to help employers maintain health benefits for early retirees likely will be exhausted within two years–well before the 2014 termination date for the program, according to a study released on June 7 by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). The program is part of the Patient Protection [Read more...]

OSHA orders US Bank in Seattle to pay back wages, reinstate former manager terminated in violation of SOX whistleblower provisions

June 8th, 2010

OSHA has ordered US Bank in Seattle to reinstate a former bank manager who was fired in retaliation for filing an internal report alleging securities and bank fraud by company employees, finding the bank fired the employee in violation of the whistleblower protection provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The former bank manager had filed a [Read more...]

Joint Commission issues alert regarding rising violence at health care facilities

June 7th, 2010

A new Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert warns that health care facilities today are being confronted with steadily increasing rates of crime, including assault, rape, and murder. The Alert urges greater attention to the issue of violence and to controlling access to facilities to protect patients, staff, and visitors, noting that assault, rape and homicide [Read more...]

Reinstatement of coal miner who tested positive for marijuana upheld

June 7th, 2010

An arbitrator did not exceed her authority when she ordered reinstatement of a coal mine worker who was discharged after testing positive for marijuana used six days before returning to work after a vacation, a federal district court held (Consolidation Coal Co v United Mine Workers Local 9909, No 1:09CV11). On December 8, 2008, Consolidation Coal [Read more...]

Expert provides tips for talking to your employees about dependent coverage under health care reform

June 4th, 2010

Among many other changes to your employee benefits offerings, health care reform laws require employers to cover dependents through age 26. According to experts at Benz Communications, HR needs to get in front of this new rule in a hurry, saying you’ll want to do so before your call center or HR generalists say conflicting [Read more...]