The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on two challenges to the requirement under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that employers cover all contraceptives and has refused to hear a broader challenge to the employer mandate. All three cases involve The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Read the rest of this entry »
The Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) has issued a proposed rule about benefit and payment parameters for 2015 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The proposed HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters includes payment parameters applicable to the 2015 benefit year, and proposes, among other topics, standards relating to the premium stabilization programs, advance payments of the premium tax credit, cost-sharing reductions, composite rating, privacy and security standards, the annual open enrollment period for 2015, the actuarial value calculator, the annual limitation on cost sharing for stand-alone dental plans, patient safety, and the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP). Read the rest of this entry »
The New York Court of Appeals has ruled that indefinite leave is not a reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities under the New York State Human Rights Law (the State HRL); however, it could be considered a reasonable accommodation under the New York City Human Rights Law (the City HRL). Employers in New York City should thoroughly analyze each request for a leave of absence due to a disability before concluding that a request is not reasonable.
There are new laws in California that will be effective January 1, 2014 that should be of interest to human resource professionals.
AB 556 Fair Employment and Housing Act: military veterans Read the rest of this entry »
The Federal Appellate Court says the trial court erred in granting summary judgment. The case will be returned to the lower court for a trial on the merits Read the rest of this entry »
The EEOC has reported an increase in complaints of pregnancy discrimination. Below is information about two recent suits.
Platinum P.T.S., Inc., a Laredo-based company which provides oil/gas testing, measuring, surveying and analysis surveys, and oil and gas exploration and development, will pay a former employee $100,000 to settle a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Read the rest of this entry »
The Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury have jointly issued a final rule increasing parity between mental health/substance use disorder benefits and medical/surgical benefits in group and individual health plans. In general, these final regulations incorporate clarifications issued by the Departments since the issuance of the interim final regulations, and provide new clarifications on issues such as nonquantitative treatment limits and the increased cost exemption. Read the rest of this entry »