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Gay-Rights Advocates Urge Employers Not to Be in a Hurry to Drop Domestic-Partner Benefits

September 24, 2012
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Although same-sex marriage is legal in some states, 'It's not as straightforward as one might think,' says Deena Fidas of the Human Rights Campaign. Opposite-sex and same-sex marriage are still not an 'apples-to-apples comparison,' she says.
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Middle-Income Americans Wing It on Financial Decisions

September 18, 2012
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About 67 percent of people with household annual income between $30,000 and $100,000 have made at least one 'really bad financial decision.' Those stumbles cost families an average $23,000.
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Are Your Policies Updated to Account for Ohio's New Ban on Texting While Driving?

September 4, 2012
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Remind employees that texting while driving is not only against the law, but also against company policy. Your insurance carriers, and, believe it or not, your employees and their families, will thank you.
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Financial Whistle-blowers: A New Employment Law Challenge

August 29, 2012
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Employers should seriously consider all allegations of wrongdoing and proactively attempt to avoid litigation in the first instance. These goals can be achieved by coordinating human resources and compliance programs.
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Feds Formally Delay ICD-10 Deadline

August 29, 2012
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The federal government formally delayed the compliance date for new codes used by healthcare providers to classify diseases and health problems until October 1, 2014.
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Merrill $40M Class-Action Settlement With Advisers Could 'Open a Pandora's Box'

August 24, 2012
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About 1,500 former advisers would qualify for the deal, which would settle the class action filed in October 2009 by brokers claiming rights to stock grants that had not been fully vested before the Bank of America acquisition.
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'Great Texas Lactation Case' Debates Whether Breast-Milk Pumping Is a Pregnancy-Related Condition

August 23, 2012
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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is acting for a Texas mother who was fired days after she asked her employer about a room to pump breast milk. A judge ruled that after the woman gave birth the former employee 'was no longer pregnant and her pregnancy-related conditions ended.'
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Employee Retirement Statements Get a Fee Makeover

August 22, 2012
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Participants in defined contribution plans should receive the first of two fee-disclosure notices by Aug. 30. This notice should include a listing of all the investments available in the plan as well as the options' fees and historical performance.
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Audit Causes Some Family Members of Minnesota State Workers to Lose Health Benefits

August 16, 2012
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Approximately 3,100 people were deemed ineligible for state-sponsored health care in a recent audit of Minnesota's employee benefits program.
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