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Federal agency proposes clearinghouse for commercial driver drug test results
Employers who hire commercial drivers may not know if an applicant under consideration has a past history of positive drug or alcohol tests. Currently, the employer can only rely on information about earlier test results that is volunteered by the individual applying for the driving job. If a new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Transportation […]
During this one-hour complimentary webinar, employee benefits attorneys Brandon Long and John Papahronis will be joined by special guest Teah Corley, CEO of PremierSource, to discuss what employers need to know to quickly get a good handle on the newly issued IRS final regulations on the Affordable Care Act’s so-called “play or pay” employer mandate.
There are a lot of good reasons for employers to want to eliminate workplace confrontations. Disputes among employees affect productivity, make for an unhappy and unprofessional work environment, and can escalate to more serious acts. As long as employers employ people, workplace arguments will periodically erupt. However, not all of them may be a violation […]
Last month, a federal court of appeals addressed whether an employee was eligible for FMLA leave while vacationing in Las Vegas with her terminally ill mother. In a decision which appears to stack the deck against employers, the court determined that the jaunt to Vegas was an acceptable use of FMLA leave.
A little-noticed change to retaliation claims just went into effect. Beginning February 1, 2014, Oklahoma employers face greater exposure to claims of workers’ compensation retaliation.
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Administration issues new game‑changing health care reform regulations
Yesterday, the Treasury Department issued its much-anticipated final regulations on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) so-called employer mandate, under which certain employers have to either (a) offer affordable, minimum-value health coverage to full-time employees and their dependents, or (b) pay certain penalties.
Steven Smothers worked as a mechanic for Solvay Chemicals for 18 years until he was terminated, ostensibly for a first-time safety violation and a dispute with a co-worker. In his lawsuit, Smothers alleged the company’s true reason for terminating him was retaliation for taking FMLA leave and discrimination on the basis of his disability in violation of the ADA.