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Working in Candy Land

February 14, 2013
Bowls of sweets may be filled with the best of intentions, but it can take a vat full of self-restraint to keep from eating that second, third or even fourth peanut butter cup.
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FMLA Compliance Is Not as Easy as the Labor Department Says

February 12, 2013
What do these results mean? It means that either the Labor Department found the only sample of employers in the country who have no issues managing FMLA compliance, or the Labor Department put so much spin on its survey results that its conclusions are not credible.
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Business Group Pushes for Health Prices

February 4, 2013
With more employees enrolling in high-deductible health plans, a nonprofit business group endeavors to pull back the curtain on health costs. In a statement, the Catalyst for Payment Reform pushes for not only more information but also better cost-calculating tools for consumers.
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IRS Releases Final Rules on Health Care Reform Costs

February 1, 2013
The affordability test applies to employer-sponsored health plans. An employee is eligible to receive a federal subsidy to purchase insurance through an exchange if his or her employer's plan premium contribution exceeds 9.5 percent of his or her household income, according to IRS guidelines.
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Are Employers Screwing Up the FLSA's Lactation Mandate? Probably Not.

January 30, 2013
A little more than a year ago I pointed out that the Labor Department had only cited 23 companies, or 0.023 percent of all companies with 100 or more employees, with inadequate lactation accommodation. Now, with an additional six months of data, the number of citations has jumped by 13, from 23 to 36.
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