HHS GRANTS ACA RELIEF TO THE TERRITORIES

July 18, 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has decided, based on the definition of “state” in title I of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, that the following provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will not apply to individual or group health insurers in the U.S. territories: guaranteed availability, community rating, single risk pool, rate review, medical loss ratio, and essential health benefits.  Letters were sent to insurance commissioners in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa. Read the rest of this entry »


CHANGES TO CONNECTICUT PAID SICK LEAVE LAW HELP SOME EMPLOYERS

June 25, 2014

Connecticut has amended its paid sick leave law to make some changes that will make compliance easier for some employers.  The changes are effective January 1, 2015. 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 »


MINNESOTA WOMEN’S ECONOMIC SECURITY ACT AFFECTS LEAVES

June 11, 2014

The Minnesota Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA) is a law with multiple parts affecting wages, unemployment benefits, leave rights and protections for pregnant and nursing mothers, among other things.  Some of the provisions of this new law took effect immediately, while others have later effective dates. Read the rest of this entry »


FLORIDA SUPREME COURT RULES ON PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION

April 29, 2014

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that pregnancy discrimination constitutes prohibited sex discrimination under state law.  The issue in this case was whether discrimination on the basis of pregnancy is prohibited by the provision in the Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992 (FCRA), that makes it an unlawful employment practice for an employer to discriminate based on an individual’s sex. Read the rest of this entry »


NEW PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION LAWS

February 14, 2014

New Jersey and Philadelphia have enacted new laws to protect employees from discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions.  Both laws amend existing laws prohibiting discrimination for other causes and became effective immediately upon signature—January 20, 2014 in Philadelphia and January 21, 2014 in New Jersey. Read the rest of this entry »


STATE AND LOCAL UPDATE

October 22, 2013

One of the most difficult things for human resource professionals to do is to keep up with changing state and local laws.  Below is a brief summary of some new laws of interest. Read the rest of this entry »