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Spitzer Opens Benefits Front

November 15, 2004
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The suit charges Universal Life Resources with extracting other undisclosed fees that underwriters passed on to policyholders through higher premiums and actively concealing the payments from clients.
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Prescription for a Lawsuit

May 29, 2004
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When UP recently instituted a policy of not hiring smokers, it had to carve out exceptions in the 13 states across its route system that have “smokers’ rights” statutes on the books.
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Social Security's New Deal for Disability

March 1, 2004
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The agency's troubled programs are undergoing a major overhaul. Employers could enjoy lower costs, and disabled workers could be more motivated to go back to work without risking the loss of medical coverage.
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Health Information Must Stay Private

December 30, 2002
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In April, HIPAA's privacy rules go into effect. If your company isn't well on its way to compliance, HR will have to jump-start the effort.
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The Balancing Act New Rules On Who Qualifies For Health Insurance

March 28, 2001
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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act included non-discrimination rules to allow people to enroll in plans even if they had a health-status issue that formerly kept them barred.
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Medical Privacy Regulation

February 9, 2001
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Employers may want to begin assessing how they use protected health information in order to determine what kinds of changes will be required to comply with the regulations.
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Health Plan Nondiscrimination Rules and Wellness Program Guidance

February 9, 2001
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Employers should review their wellness programs to ensure that they either comply with the proposed regulation or are exempt from the regulations.
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IDear Workforce-I Form to Decline Coverage

February 20, 2000
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There isn't a form used as a standard.
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Genetic Testing

February 17, 2000
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The bill would prohibit employers from making employment decisions based on information from genetic tests of the employee, or the employee's family members, or on occurrences of diseases or disorders in an employee or an employee's family members.
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