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CMS Seeks Input on Easing ACA Burdens

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking input on how it can reduce the economic and regulatory burdens of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The request for information (RFI), published June 12 in the Federal Register (82 Fed. Reg. 26885), calls for recommendations on streamlining the ACA’s regulation of the individual and small-group […]

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Permanent Vacation: ‘Use It or Lose It’ Policies and Payout of Vacation at Termination

In part one of this article, I addressed the benefits of offering paid vacation to your employees. While offering vacation isn’t required under federal law—once an employer has made the decision to offer vacation time—local state laws and court decisions can come into play. State laws addressing vacation typically fall into three categories—those that prohibit […]

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The Remote Work Debate: C-Suite Executives vs. Employees

IBM recently announced a new company-wide policy that employees are no longer allowed to work remotely. The policy states that IBM’s U.S.-based employees will eventually have to begin working from one of six main offices located in New York, San Francisco, Austin, Cambridge, Atlanta, or Raleigh. Employees who do not live close to one of […]


What Do Employers Really Need to Know About Job Applicants?

Employers invest significant time, energy, and resources in bringing a new employee onboard.  Recruiting, screening, and interviewing processes are all done with the goal of hiring an employee who will do a job well and work well within an organization.  So what do employers need to know to hire successfully?  And what are the things […]


FMLA: Employees Can’t Change Facts to Fit Different Claims

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas) recently affirmed the dismissal of a former employee’s Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) retaliation claim. The court’s decision and reasoning provides further guidance to employers on the employee notice requirement under the FMLA and is likely to prove useful to employers defending FMLA and other federal claims.


What 2017 Holds for Disability and Absence Management

2017 is a year of uncertainty for the HR sector. Absence and disability management professionals are no different. A new president and Congress are sure to institute laws and regulations that make changes great and small. At the same time, states and localities continue to make their own legal and regulatory changes, especially around paid leave.


Republican ACA Proposal Poses Challenges for Multistate Employers

A group of republican senators proposed a replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that would allow states to choose whether or not to keep Obamacare’s provisions in place. Because employers’ requirements would depend on where employees work, compliance could be a real challenge for companies with operations in multiple states, according to the […]