HEALTH SYSTEM TO PAY $180,000 TO SETTLE DISABILITY LAWSUIT

April 20, 2014

Upper Chesapeake Health System, Inc., a health care provider in northeastern Maryland, will pay $180,000 and furnish equitable relief to settle a disability discrimination and retaliation lawsuit, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced.  According to the EEOC’s suit, Deborah Ropiski consistently received good performance evaluations and positive patient feedback during her 19 years of employment with the Upper Chesapeake Health System. Read the rest of this entry »


IRS MEMORANDUM 201413005 ADDRESSES HEALTH FSAs AND HSAs

April 12, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service has released Memorandum Number 201413005 regarding health flexible spending arrangement (health FSA) carryovers and eligibility for a Health Savings Account (HSA).  According to the Chief Counsel, this advice may not be used or cited as precedent. Read the rest of this entry »


8th CIRCUIT FINDS EMPLOYER MAY HAVE VIOLATED USERRA

March 31, 2014

The United States Court of Appeals For the Eighth Circuit has reversed a trial court’s decision in a case that involved the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).  The 8th Circuit sent the case back down to a lower court to determine if the employer violated an employee’s rights while on military leave.

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NEWARK ENACTS PAID SICK TIME LAW

March 26, 2014

Newark, New Jersey has enacted an ordinance requiring private employers to provide paid sick time to employees. This law will go into effect on May 29, 2014.

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6TH CIRCUIT: PARTIALLY BLIND FIREFIGHTER MAY HAVE ADA CASE

March 26, 2014

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled that a firefighter who proposed two potentially reasonable accommodations should get a new trial with a new judge to hear his Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) claim.  The case hinged on the question of whether driving an emergency vehicle was an essential function of the job.

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NEW YORK CITY EXPANDS EARNED SICK TIME ACT

March 24, 2014

In June 2013, the New York City Council passed the Earned Sick Time Act into law.  With the support of newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio, an overwhelming majority of the City Council voted to expand the Earned Sick Time Act.  This law will go into effect on April 1, 2014.

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FINES INCREASED FOR FAILING TO POST NOTICES

March 20, 2014

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