CALIFORNIA ALIGNS WAITING PERIODS WITH FEDERAL LAW

August 19, 2014

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law legislation to align the state’s health coverage waiting period requirements with federal law.  Earlier legislation, effective January 1, 2014, limited waiting periods to 60 days.
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CALIFORNIA MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE MAY AFFECT ACA PENALTIES

July 11, 2014

Effective July 1, 2014, AB 10 increased the minimum wage in California to $9.00 per hour.  (Effective January 1, 2016, AB 10 will increase the minimum wage to $10.00 per hour.)  Beginning in 2015, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes penalties on large employers who do not offer their full-time employees affordable, minimum value health benefits. Read the rest of this entry »


9TH CIRCUIT RULES EMPLOYEE CAN DECLINE TO USE FMLA LEAVE

June 18, 2014

The United States Court Of Appeals for The Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s judgment, after a jury trial, in favor of the defendant in an action under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and its California equivalent.  The panel held that the district court did not err in denying the plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment because an employee can affirmatively decline to use FMLA leave, even if the underlying reason for seeking leave would have invoked FMLA protection. Read the rest of this entry »


SAME-SEX HEALTH BENEFITS AND DISCRIMINATION

June 17, 2014

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler and Human Rights Commission (HRC) Executive Director Sharon Ortiz have released a joint letter to Washington state employers, insurance companies and benefit plan administrators regarding healthcare benefits.  The letter applies in Washington state; however, the logic may apply elsewhere, too. Read the rest of this entry »


NEW CALIFORNIA LAWS RELATED TO DISCRIMINATION AND TIME OFF

November 21, 2013

There are new laws in California that will be effective January 1, 2014 that should be of interest to human resource professionals.

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CALIFORNIA EXPANDS PAID FAMILY LEAVE TO COVER MORE RELATIVES

October 2, 2013

Governor Jerry Brown of California has signed SB 770 into law, expanding the types of relatives for whom employees may take paid family leave (PFL).  Effective July 1, 2014, this bill expands the scope of PFL to include time off to care for a seriously ill grandparent, grandchild, sibling or parent-in-law. Read the rest of this entry »


COVERED CALIFORNIA ANNOUNCES HEALTH PLANS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

August 9, 2013

Covered California™, the state’s new health benefit exchange, has announced the insurance carriers and rates for its small-group market, the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP).  While rates vary by region, Covered California SHOP premiums are generally comparable to 2013 small-group market rates Read the rest of this entry »