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Articles by Matthew Heller

Lines Drawn as Individual Mandate Heads to High Court

March 8, 2012
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The Supreme Court is expected to rule by June on whether the individual mandate is constitutional. And if not, can it be severed from the rest of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act?
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Supreme Court Showdown: Big Pharma Firms vs. Sales Reps

December 28, 2011
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At stake is a case that could not only determine whether they are eligible for millions of dollars in unpaid overtime but also could affect the livelihood of other workers who ‘promote' products.
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California Supreme Court Nears Ruling on Meal Breaks

December 16, 2011
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While meal-period laws vary nationwide, California is among the states wrestling with how far employers should go in policing meal and rest breaks.
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New Law Sinks Teeth into Misclassification of Workers

November 21, 2011
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Recently signed California legislation comes just weeks after the Labor Department announced a memorandum of understanding with the IRS that, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said, would bring the agencies together ‘to end the practice of misclassifying employees.'
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Court Ruling Puts Workplace Grief on Trial

November 14, 2011
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Even though the defendants avoided liability, grief recovery experts say the case illustrates the pitfalls for managers who are not trained to be sufficiently sensitive toward and educated about grief.
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The Impact of Motors & Mobiles

November 4, 2011
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Experts recommend that employers establish and enforce policies about talking or texting while driving on the job. As many companies have discovered, distracted drivers are a liability to themselves and other motorists—as well as the employers for whom they work.
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Health Reform May Outweigh Supreme Court's Light Employment Law Docket

October 14, 2011
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The high court, which went back to work Oct. 3, has so far received petitions to review four separate health reform cases, and the Justice Department is expected to ask the court to overturn an August decision in which the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the law's individual mandate.
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Many States Contemplate How to Compensate

October 4, 2011
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Several states made significant changes to their compensation laws this year—and more changes could be on the way.
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Texas Gun Law Adds New Level of Vigilance for Employers

September 27, 2011
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More than a dozen states already have such laws and adding Texas to that group was a major coup for the gun rights lobby. Two previous bills had failed in the Legislature before SB 321—known as the Employee Parking Lot Bill—passed in May and was signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry.
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Ruling in Bipolar-Threat Case Brings Mixed Legal Opinions

August 17, 2011
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Lawyers for employers say a court decision that upheld the termination of a bipolar employee balances the legal obligation of employers to accommodate a worker’s disability with their responsibility to provide a safe workplace. But lawyers for that employee say the appeals court gave employers far too much latitude.
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