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HTMLDOL's Wage Rule for Home Care Workers on Hold
Ted Boehm, A. Kevin Troutman; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on February 2, 2015
A federal judge has scuttled key aspects of the U.S. Labor Department's (DOL's) rule that would have extended the federal Fair Labor Standards Act's minimum wage and overtime requirements to many home care workers. The rule was to have gone into effect January 1, 2015.

 

HTMLClean-Uniform Policy May Lead to Additional Pay
Fisher Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on February 2, 2015
Most healthcare employers require employees to wear some sort of uniform. Of course, the most familiar uniforms in this setting are “scrubs,” but some employers require lab coats or other garments.

 

HTMLWorkplace Violence: Keeping Employees Safe
Shayna H. Balch; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on February 2, 2015
Cartoonists shot at work in Paris. Teachers killed while trying to protect their students in Newtown, Connecticut. A CEO shot in the head and stomach by a recently demoted employee in Illinois. News reports are filled with horrific tragedies occurring in workplaces around the world.

 

HTMLEmployee or Independent Contractor: Why It Matters?
Christopher J. Boman, Boris Sorsher; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on February 2, 2015
Every employer eventually tackles the question of whether its labor force is composed of employees, independent contractors, or a combination of both. The appeal of the independent contractor classification is understandable because the benefits are significant, including the elimination of the...

 

HTMLThe Top 5 New Year's Resolutions for Your Dealership
Matthew R. Simpson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on February 2, 2015
Given the hectic pace of work at dealerships, employment matters sometimes fall to the back of a dealership’s “to-do” list. Too often, the end result is expensive, embarrassing, and often unnecessary discrimination charges and lawsuits.

 

HTMLHealthcare Employer Lands in Patient-Privacy Predicament
Sally F. Barron; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on February 2, 2015
Healthcare providers are required by law to maintain the privacy of most patient information, and there are good business reasons for medical practices to protect patients’ personal information. In a recent case, a medical practice group found itself unwittingly having to disclose what it...

 

HTMLHIPAA' s Criminal Charges Pack a Heavy Punch
Alexa E. Miller; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on February 2, 2015
Almost all healthcare providers and health plan administrators are familiar with the detailed requirements of the privacy and security rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Violations can result in significant monetary penalties. But HIPAA violations can also...

 

HTMLNot All Health Savings Plans Are Created Equal
Tabatha L. George; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 20, 2015, previously published on February 2, 2015
Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) have gained in popularity since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, but many employers are unclear about how they differ from more traditional Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). An employee can’t have both. Here’s why an HSA may make sense for...

 

HTMLEligibility Rules Need To Be In Writing
Steven A. Witt; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 20, 2015, previously published on February 2, 2015
Healthcare reform continues to roll on. 2014 saw the implementation of the health insurance exchanges, the Individual Mandate, and a host of new rules relating to employer-provided health coverage. 2015 marks the start of yet another major component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA): the Employer...

 

HTML"Predictable Scheduling": An Undiscovered FLSA "Right"?
John E. Thompson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 17, 2015, previously published on January 29, 2014
U.S. Wage and Hour Division Administrator David Weil reportedly has said that the Division is "looking very actively at" the question of whether workers should be legally entitled to "predictable scheduling". In recounting Mr. Weil's statements in a recent interview, Daily Labor...

 


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