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Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act once again

Supreme Court upholds Affordable Care Act once again

| June 25, 2015 | Articles

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in King v. Burwell and upheld the Affordable Care Act once again. In a 6-3 opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court held that tax credits are available for health coverage purchased through a federal exchange, like the one in Oklahoma. The ACA […]

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The skinny on narrow networks

The skinny on narrow networks

| June 23, 2015 | Articles

The insurance exchanges created under Affordable Care Act have facilitated increased competition. Old version managed care models implemented cost-savings measures like pre-authorizations for medical care, hospital length of stay restrictions, determinations of medical necessity for coverage, second opinions for surgery, exclusions of procedures or services, cost-shifting using higher deductibles and co-payments, and caps on coverage.

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New union election rules yield much quicker elections

New union election rules yield much quicker elections

| June 22, 2015 | Articles

Union election petitions and quicker elections have been the immediate effect of the National Labor Relations Board’s new election rules which took effect on April 14, 2015. The new rules were intended to speed up the election process through quicker deadlines and delaying some hearings on some issues until after the election. Unions taking full […]

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Wage claims by unpaid interns heat up

Wage claims by unpaid interns heat up

| June 12, 2015 | Articles

School is out and temperatures are rising. For many employers, summertime means a new crop of student workers.  Summer internship programs are a time-honored tradition at many companies, providing educational benefits to the student interns and cheap labor for employers.  However, problems may arise when internships are unpaid, as a recent string of wage and […]

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Males need not apply:  Restaurant chain sued for gender-specific job posting

Males need not apply: Restaurant chain sued for gender-specific job posting

| June 4, 2015 | Articles

The restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday, Inc. was hit with a discrimination lawsuit in Oregon earlier this year that claimed employees were categorically denied positions with the company based on gender. That, of course, is not a unique occurrence—discrimination lawsuits are filed daily across the country. What sets this case apart is that the suit was […]

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SCOTUS rules against Abercrombie & Fitch in Tulsa religious discrimination case

SCOTUS rules against Abercrombie & Fitch in Tulsa religious discrimination case

| June 2, 2015 | Articles

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and against Abercrombie & Fitch Stores Inc. in a religious discrimination lawsuit involving a Muslim job applicant at its Tulsa, Oklahoma, store. In some ways, the Supreme Court’s decision may have the unintended result of causing some employers to ask […]

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The Fair Credit Reporting Act:  Why background checks  are fueling the latest wave of class actions

The Fair Credit Reporting Act: Why background checks are fueling the latest wave of class actions

| May 28, 2015 | Articles

Many employers have third-party services run background checks on applicants, new hires, or existing employees. Many of these employers utilize these services to minimize the risk of claims of negligent hiring or discrimination. Even if a reputable service is used, there are challenges and significant legal risks involving the failure to comply with the federal […]

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