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Benefits, HR News & Trends

Appeals Courts Split on Legality of Subsidies Under Health Care Act

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Two U.S. appeals courts Tuesday reached opposite conclusions about the legality of subsidies in the Affordable Care Act, a key part of the law that brings down the cost of coverage for millions of Americans.

In Washington, a three-judge panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the Internal Revenue Service lacked the authority to allow subsidies to be provided in exchanges not run by the states.

That 2-1 ruling in Halbig v. Burwell could put at risk the millions of people who bought insurance in the 36 states where these online insurance marketplaces are run by the federal government. Judge Thomas Griffith, writing the majority opinion, said they concluded “that the ACA unambiguously restricts” the subsidies to “exchanges ‘established by the state.’ ” Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

President’s Order Bans Discrimination Against LBGT Employees

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President Obama signed an Executive Order Monday banning discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors.

Last month, I blogged here that the White House had announced that it intended to eventually ban LGBT discrimination by federal contractors through Executive Order because the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), did not make it through Congress.

Since that time, several gay-rights groups withdrew their support for ENDA, fearing that it afforded “religiously affiliated organizations … a blank check to engage in workplace discrimination against LGBT people.” Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

What Is an Intern? The Labor Dept. Lists the 6 Factors That Define One

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By John E. Thompson

We wrote some time ago about a lower federal court’s determination in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures that at least two unpaid interns were “employees” for federal Fair Labor Standards Act purposes.

This ruling is now being reviewed by the New York-based Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals (with jurisdiction over Connecticut, New York, and Vermont). The U.S. Department of Labor has submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in which it supports the lower court’s decision.

The Labor Department’s filing provides some interesting insight into its views about when an intern is an “employee” for purposes of the FLSA’s requirements. Read more…

Benefits, HR News & Trends

Health Plans Dropping Contraceptive Coverage Must Notify Participants

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By Ilyse Wolens Schuman

In response to the recent U.S. Supreme Court holding in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that closely held, for-profit entities with religious objections to certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) birth control requirements could avoid the mandate by invoking the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the U.S. Department of Labor has released guidance to address this eventuality.

In the latest set of Frequently Asked Questions on the ACA’s implementation, the Labor Department explains that group health plans offered by closely held, for-profit businesses that intend to cease providing all or some contraceptive coverage must notify plan participants within 60 days after the adoption of a modification or change to the plan’s coverage. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Recruiting and Staffing

Survey Says That Candidates Are Now Driving the Job Market

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It’s a job seekers market, but hiring managers haven’t yet fully adjusted to the change, with 40 percent of them taking almost a month to make an offer, only to find out in many cases that their candidate is turning them down.

More than 8 in 10 of the MRI Network recruiters participating in the semi-annual MRI Network Recruiter Sentiment Study said today’s employment market is candidate-driven, a 25 point jump from the 2012 study.

That means the professional, executive and managerial candidates who are the majority of those recruited by MRI franchise offices can be more demanding when it comes to the nature of the work they want, the companies they’re willing to work for, and the compensation and benefits they’ll accept. Read more…

Legal Issues

Ban the Box Has Turned Into a Big Employer Problem

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Ban the box has gone viral.

And while the removal of this little check box has potentially made life easier for job seekers with a criminal past, it has created much confusion and frustration for employers.

If you haven’t been in the loop, “ban the box” is the catchy phrase that refers to removal of the check box on a job application asking whether a candidate has been convicted of a crime. Ban the box shows no signs of slowing down, and it’s creating new headaches, not to mention real risks, for employers across the country. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

A Split EEOC Issues New Guidelines on Pregnancy Discrimination

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By Ilyse Wolens Schuman

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued new enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination and related issues, despite reservations expressed by some EEOC Commissioners.

In general, the five-part guidance explains Title VII‘s prohibition against pregnancy discrimination, describes individuals to whom the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) applies, discusses the expanded definition of “disability” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how it applies to pregnancy-related impairments, and sets forth examples of best practices and reasonable accommodations.

The guidance was approved by a 3-2 vote along party lines, with Commissioners Constance Barker and Victoria Lipnic voting against it. Read more…

Compensation, Rewards & Recognition

World Cup Success Means a Big Payout, But Does It Motivate Anyone?

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Germany defeated Argentina to win the coveted FIFA Trophy last weekend, and one of the most tumultuous World Cups in recent history finally came to a close.

According to analysts it was also the most expensive World Cup in history, with the largest purse ever offered to the finalists, totaling over $350 million.

All 16 semifinalist countries will walk away with a cash prize — the Germans will return home $35 million richer, and the Argentinians will face the sting of defeat on a bed of $24 million. Even Brazil, who lost to the Germans in record-breaking fashion in the quarterfinals, will take home $18 million for fourth place. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Weekly Wrap

What We Can Learn From the Worst Thing a Manager Must Do

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Regular readers of my semi-regular Friday posts know that I sometimes mention The New York Times’ You’re the Boss blog because I often find it to be the source of great insight into talent management and HR.

What I like most is how You’re the Boss reduces issues that just about everyone deals with in organizations of all sizes to bite-sized specifics that are applicable to just about anyone managing people just about anywhere.

Here’s a case in point, and just the headline of the blog post sucks you into it — What I Learned From Firing My Employee of 20 Years. Read more…

HR Insights, HR News & Trends

Insights From Orlando: Here’s What HRCI Was Busy Doing at SHRM 2014

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It’s been two weeks since I left SHRM14 in Orlando for home, which has given me time to reflect on a somewhat surreal experience.

As a member of the HR Certification Institute’s board of directors, as well as a long-time Society for Human Resource Management member and volunteer and donor for the SHRM Foundation, I often found myself wondering if I was fish or fowl, man or beast.

Aside from the appearance of PHR, SPHR, GPHR, HRMP and HRBP behind the names of certified colleagues, HRCI was the organization “whose name must not be mentioned” at SHRM’s annual conference. Read more…