Health care, pay discrimination, immigration issues and unemployment were among the topics that dominated the news in 2009. The year began with sea change in American politics as Barack Obama was sworn in as president and the Democratic Party took control of both houses of Congress.
House Passes Stimulus Bill With COBRA Subsidy
A federal subsidy to help laid-off workers extend their employer health care passed the House. The measure includes a provision making employers responsible for extending health coverage permanently to any former employee 55 or older or a former employee who worked for their company for at least 10 years.
Stimulus Bill Includes Unemployment Insurance Update
Legislation approved by a House committee would give states incentives to make it easier for part-time workers to qualify for unemployment benefits and provide benefits to people leaving work for a ‘compelling family reason.’
Employers Face Plenty of COBRA-Related Compliance Issues
Obama Budget Plan Raises Employer Issues
Deep Corporate Staff Cuts Heat Up H-1B Visa Debate
Senate Approves Pay Discrimination Measure
Protectionism Sweeps Over H-1Bs as Recruiters Sort Out Stimulus Regulations
Many Companies Taking Action to Quell Swine Flu Fears
Concerns Brew About Integration of Watson Wyatt, Towers Perrin
Survey Finds Nearly 20 Percent of Employers Plan to Drop Health Benefits