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Arbitrator finds Illinois must pay 2 percent raise to unionized employees

July 21st, 2011

An arbitrator has ruled that Illinois Governor Pat Quinn violated the state’s CBA with the state’s largest employee union when he blocked pay raises for 30,000 workers. Arbitrator Edwin Benn ruled that, under the “clear and simple terms” of the CBA, the State is required to pay the two percent wage increase owed to members [Read more...]

EEOC meeting will address arrest and conviction records as a hiring barrier

July 21st, 2011

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a public meeting on July 26, to examine employment barriers faced by individuals with arrest and conviction records.
The EEOC will hear from a panel of invited experts. The meeting agenda includes:

Panel 1 – Best Practices for Employers: Michael F. Curtin, CEO, DC Central Kitchen; Victoria Kane, [Read more...]

CMS proposes standards for new health reform-established CO-OPs

July 20th, 2011

The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) has announced a proposed rule to establish standards for the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs) provided for in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA Sec. 1322). CO-OPs are private, nonprofit health insurers with a board made up of members, designed to offer quality, affordable, [Read more...]

Some employers may not see savings from expiration of FUTA surtax

July 20th, 2011

Despite the expiration of the federal unemployment tax act (FUTA) surtax, many employers may not realize reduced FUTA taxes on their employees this year. Effective July 1, 2011, the 0.2 percent FUTA surtax expired.
FUTA. FUTA authorizes the IRS to collect a federal employer tax used to cover the costs of administering unemployment insurance. It also [Read more...]

Proposed rule provided basic frameworks for state and small business exchanges under health reform

July 19th, 2011

A new rule proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services sets basic standards for health benefits exchanges established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Framework for exchanges. The proposed exchange rule establishes state flexibility in numerous ways. For example, each state can structure its Exchange in its own way: as a nonprofit [Read more...]