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Supreme Court Divided if Health Care Law Can Survive Without Mandate

March 28, 2012
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At issue in the final day of oral arguments on health care reform was whether the individual mandate, which requires most U.S. residents to enroll in a qualified plan or pay a financial penalty, is so intertwined with the broader law that the entire law would fall if the court rules the mandate is unconstitutional.
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Employer Requests for Applicants' Online Access Gets Lawmakers' Attention

March 27, 2012
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A letter sent to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission asks that agency to issue a legal opinion as to whether asking for passwords violates current federal law.
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Facebook Foibles

March 26, 2012
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It's not just the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Employers generally are still fumbling around in the Facebook dark. And more shins will be bruised before we find the light switch.
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Employers Get More Flexibility, No Extension in Health Care Plan Communications Rule

March 21, 2012
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Benefit experts had hoped the administration would provide another extension, but none was provided in a batch of frequently asked questions issued March 19 by the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury.
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Ethics Group Warns of ‘Steep Declines’ in Workforce Trust

March 20, 2012
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The ‘ominous warning signs’ of an ethics decline, says the Ethics Resource Center in a new survey, include a sharp increase in retaliation against employee whistle-blowers.
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White House Suggestions on Funding Contraception Coverage Called 'Unworkable'

March 20, 2012
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Under one administration suggestion, TPAs could fund the coverage through rebates they receive from drug manufacturers that the TPA is not contractually liable to forward to the affiliates.
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SEC: Financial Advisers Traded on Info Gleaned From AA Meeting

March 13, 2012
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The pair allegedly learned about an upcoming insurance company merger during an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, where shares rose 64 percent.
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Sex Club Shooting Case Goes to Jury for Workers' Comp Fraud Decision

March 8, 2012
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A jury was deliberating the workers' compensation felony fraud case against a correctional guard and his wife who claimed his shooting outside a San Francisco sex club was work-related.
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