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Despite skepticism of health care reform, few employers project dropping health insurance coverage

December 5th, 2011

Even in an environment of uncertainty about the future of health care reform, a majority of employers surveyed (56 percent) say that they are likely to continue to offer employer-sponsored health insurance after health care reform is enacted, according to a new survey of benefit decision-makers conducted by GfK Custom Research North America. Only 12 [Read more...]

OMB signs off on OFCCP’s “game changer” proposal to amend regulations implementing Sec. 503 of Rehab Act

December 5th, 2011

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (OFCCP) regulations at 41 CFR Part 60-741 that implement the nondiscrimination and affirmative action provisions of Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The OFCCP sent the proposal [Read more...]

Group health rates continue to rise, but size of increases moderate

December 2nd, 2011

Eighteen months after passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), group medical benefits costs rose once again, according to the November Employee Benefits Market Survey conducted by The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers.
However, increases in the latest survey period moderated compared to the 12 months following enactment of health care reform. [Read more...]

Flurry of NLRB-related activity sparks furious responses

December 2nd, 2011

On Wednesday, November 30, the NLRB ruled 2-1 to amend several of its election procedures. Later that day, the US House of Representatives voted, in party-line fashion, to severely limit the Board’s ability to make such changes. The competing actions serve as a snapshot on the battle that has erupted between the NLRB and the [Read more...]

Termination over Facebook posts that did not involve protected, concerted action lawful under NLRA

December 1st, 2011

In an advice memo recently released by the NLRB, the Board’s Division of Advice has recommended dismissing a charge that a termination over a Facebook post violated the NLRA because no protected, concerted action was involved.
The employee, a respiratory therapist (RT) at the employer hospital, was assigned to transport duty in an ambulance and was [Read more...]