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IT Services Firm to Pay $1 Million for Visa Violations

August 20, 2010
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According to the Department of Labor, a Wage and Hour Division investigator found that some workers were not paid wages at the beginning of their employment, were paid on a part-time basis despite being hired under a full-time employment agreement, or were paid less than the prevailing wage for the locations where they worked.
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Ohio Court Finds Harassment Allegations Do Not Bar Comp Benefits

August 20, 2010
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The claimant had been under investigation concerning ‘numerous’ sexual harassment allegations for acts allegedly occurring between 2004 and 2008, the records state.
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Illinois Program for High-Risk Uninsured Launches

August 19, 2010
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State officials expect the program to cover 5,000 uninsured residents under a preferred provider organization plan with a $2,000 deductible.
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Analysis COBRA Premium Subsidy Doubled Enrollment

August 19, 2010
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From March 1, 2009, when the subsidy first generally became available, through May 31, when the program ended for employees laid off after that date, monthly enrollment rates for laid-off employees averaged 38 percent.
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Employers Expect 9 Percent Rise in Health Plan Costs

August 19, 2010
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The National Business Group on Health survey of 72 member employers found that 70 percent will have to amend their plans to eliminate lifetime limits, 26 percent will have to remove annual dollar limits and 13 percent will have to remove pre-existing condition exclusions for children under age 19 to comply with the law.
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Unions Win Round in 2003 California Grocery Strike

August 18, 2010
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The grocers had formed a multiemployer bargaining unit to negotiate an expiring labor contract that sought to reduce health care coverage expenses, court records show. They also responded to the strikes by agreeing to share profits from sales among themselves.
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Chambers of Commerce Unite to Urge Congress to Repeal Health Care Laws 1099 Provision

August 18, 2010
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Currently there are bills before Congress to repeal the 1099 provision, but such bills should not seek to make the repeal revenue-neutral by increasing taxes or removing tax incentives from business, according to a letter from the coalition.
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Fees Increase for H-1B, L Visas

August 16, 2010
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The increase applies to companies with 50 or more employees in the U.S. and that have more than 50 percent of their U.S. workforce on H-1B or L visas.
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Court Says Filming Injured Worker at Prayer Did Not Violate Privacy

August 13, 2010
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The claimant described a portion of the Islamic center as a mosque and sued for intrusion of seclusion.
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Illinois Bars Job Discrimination Based on Credit History

August 11, 2010
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Businesses that are exempt from the law include insurers, banks and law enforcement agencies.
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