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#SHRM13 Day Two: The Great Unknown Is 2014 and the Health Care Reform Law

June 17, 2013
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It seems to me that some companies are looking for the magical fairy dust that will make the Affordable Care Act compliance issues go away.
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New Changes Made to HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules

January 28, 2013
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Health and Human Services has issued final regulations that address recent legislative changes to the HIPAA privacy and date security rules. Compliance by employers will be required by Sept. 23, according to a press release.
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Worker's Inability to Speak English Appropriately Considered in Disability Ruling: Court

November 21, 2012
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The case of Merivic Inc. and Zurich North America v. Enrique Gutierrez involved a workers' comp claimant who had a ninth-grade education and a 'limited working knowledge' of English despite having lived in the United States for 34 years, according to the opinion.
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Medicare Heats Up Biden-Ryan Debate

October 12, 2012
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The Medicare segment of the debate included some of the most frequent interruptions by both Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) in a testy debate as each took turns bashing the other side's impacts on the program.
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Contraceptive Coverage Legal Battle Looms for Missouri

September 14, 2012
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Missouri lawmakers on Sept. 12 overrode Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of legislation that would allow employers and insurers to deny contraceptive coverage, setting the stage for yet another legal battle over contraceptive coverage.
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Michigan Teacher Funding of Retiree Health Benefits Violates Employment Rights: Court

August 20, 2012
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The law ran afoul of protections against impairment of government contracts because teachers received three percent less in pay by paying into a fund than the amount the teachers and their employers agreed upon as part of teachers' contracts.
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Mid-Market Companies Face Health Benefits Enrollment Challenges

August 20, 2012
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One challenge for middle-market companies is the U.S. Department of Labor has yet to finalize the regulations implementing the mandate in Section 1511 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In fact, the labor department already has said that its automatic enrollment guidance will not be ready to take effect by 2014.
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Former Wells Fargo Employee Says Company Fired Him Over Daughter's Cancer Costs

August 15, 2012
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According to a lawsuit filed Aug. 2 in a Florida 15th Judicial Circuit Court in Palm Beach, Wells Fargo fired Yovany Gonzalez in August 2010—three days before his daughter Mackenzie was scheduled for surgery to remove a cancerous tumor—based on allegations that he had falsified his time records.
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Paul Ryan a Longtime Supporter of Health Savings Accounts

August 15, 2012
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In 2006, Rep. Ryan, along with Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, now the House Majority Leader, introduced legislation that boosted the appeal of health savings accounts.
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