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Transportation Authority Immune from COBRA Claims Under PHSA, Court Finds

April 22, 2021

Via: HR Hero

Technically, continuation coverage rules under the Public Health Service Act (PHSA) apply to employees of state and local governments. Often, however, the problem is one of enforcement. It is not always easy to prevail in a case alleging continuation coverage […]


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Class Action Claim Dismissed: No Evidence of Injury Due to Alleged COBRA Notice Violation

April 20, 2021

Via: HR Hero

Many cases have recently challenged the technical content in various employer-provided COBRA notices. The premise of these lawsuits has been that even minor deviations from COBRA regulations from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) should make a plan administrator liable […]


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Survey: Many HR Leaders Report to Head of Organization

April 19, 2021

Via: SHRM

The head of HR at many organizations reports directly to the chief executive officer, president or owner, according to a new examination of the HR reporting structure. A smaller number report to the chief financial officer and chief operating officer […]


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What Does the COVID-Fueled Surge in Online Retail Mean for In-Store Employees?

April 16, 2021

Via: HR Hero

The shift from brick-and-mortar to online retail has been in the works for years, well before anyone had even heard of COVID-19. Online giants like Amazon have revolutionized the way consumers shop and fundamentally changed the economics of retail, allowing […]


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Nurse’s Refusal to Administer COVID-19 Vaccine May Be Protected

April 15, 2021

Via: SHRM

An employer whose onsite nurse refuses, for religious reasons, to administer a COVID-19 vaccination must offer the employee a reasonable accommodation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. However, the employer doesn’t have to make changes that […]


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How Organizations Can Recover from the Pandemic’s Impact on Pay Equity and Transparency

April 15, 2021

Via: HR Hero

The gender pay gap has taken a hit during the pandemic, with economists predicting it may take nearly 20 years to recover to pre-pandemic levels of equality. At the same time, the workplace has been completely transformed, likely for good, […]


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Time for Employers to Prepare For EEO-1 Data Collection Deadline

April 14, 2021

Via: HR Hero

Employers required to report equal employment opportunity data can begin submitting their reports for 2019 and 2020 on April 26, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced. The deadline for submitting the reports is July 19. Employers with 100 […]


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Update Handbook, Policies to Include Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

April 13, 2021

Via: HR Hero

With the Supreme Court’s ruling on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 regarding gender identification, can we leave the Title VII disclaimer in our company handbook and applications as is? Or does the wording need to be […]


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Managing Alternative Coverage and COBRA Coverage

April 12, 2021

Via: HR Hero

The current economic turbulence and uncertainty, caused in large part by the business reaction to COVID-19, has forced employers to rethink how they manage benefits for workers who suffer job loss (including—aside from termination of employment—layoffs, temporary furloughs, and leaves […]


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How American Rescue Plan Act Affects Employer

April 12, 2021

Via: HR Hero

President Joe Biden recently signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). The measure was passed on party-line votes in the Senate (50-49) and the House, where only one Democrat crossed over to oppose it. The final bill differs […]