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New York Appeals Court Declares Defense of Marriage Act Unconstitutional

October 19, 2012
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In a 2-1 ruling handed down Oct. 18, the 2nd Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the Defense of Marriage Act unfairly prevents same-sex couples from enjoying economic benefits afforded to heterosexual couples, including the right to file joint federal tax returns or collect a spouse's Social Security after death.
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Johns Hopkins Shooting Spurs Improvements to Hospital's Workplace Violence Response Program

October 10, 2012
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Following the shooting, part of the hospital's efforts to enhance its violence prevention planning included instructive courses with the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit on identifying certain behavioral patterns that often predict a violent outburst.
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Oklahoma Attorney General Refiles Suit to Block Health Reform Provisions

September 21, 2012
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The amended lawsuit argues that the IRS' regulation directly contradicts the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's original language regarding the exchanges and—more specifically—the premium subsidies, which carry significant financial penalties for certain employers that do not provide adequate and affordable employee health benefits as defined by the law.
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Obesity-Related Conditions Could Add $66 Billion Annually to Medical Costs by 2030: Study

September 20, 2012
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The state-by-state analysis of obesity-linked disease rates and associated medical spending projects that obese individuals could account for 44 percent of all American adults by 2030 if obesity rates nationwide continue to grow at their current pace.
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Transparency is Vital to Helping Employees Cope with Workplace Violence

September 17, 2012
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Midmarket executives and managers often delay or defer training employees to more readily identify and report the warning signs of violent behavior for fear of exacerbating trauma-related anxieties stemming from the original incident, workplace violence experts say.
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Behavior, Environment Can Be Signals of Potential Workplace Violence

September 17, 2012
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The challenge for employers and their workers, of course, is determining how best to weight identification of warning signs against the limitless variations of context and severity that are inherent to real-life applications.
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Penalty for Not Completing Health Risk Assessment Does Not Violate ADA: Court

August 30, 2012
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Broward County began offering an employee wellness program in 2009 through its group health insurer. The county required all employees to take a health risk assessment and provide a blood sample to determine glucose and cholesterol levels. Employees who did not complete the testing were charged $20 per paycheck.
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Most Employees Say Benefits Enrollment Information Lacking: Survey

August 24, 2012
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Fifty-two percent of workers indicated their employers have not distributed any communication regarding upcoming open enrollment periods. Thirty-nine percent said they were only somewhat prepared for open enrollments, while 26 percent said they were unprepared or very unprepared.
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OSHA Steps Up Safety Inspections in South

August 17, 2012
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Beginning August 20, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will increase the number of unannounced inspections it performs at worksites in Region 4, which encompasses eight southern states east of the Mississippi River.
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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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