Doubt cast on spousal benefits for same-sex couples

The Texas Supreme Court on June 30 threw out a lower court ruling that said spouses of gay and lesbian public employees are entitled to government-subsidized same-sex marriage benefits.

3 things for HR to do amid health care reform turmoil

If it’s Monday, there must be a new plan afoot to overturn the Affordable Care Act.

Snapshot: Employers expanding their benefits

Overall, 32% of employers increased their benefits offerings in the last year. They were most likely to offer better wellness and health benefits.

Side gig may bar unemployment benefits

If you terminate an employee who may have been moonlighting or running a side hustle, she may not be eligible for unemployment benefits. You may be able to oppose benefits because she has another source of income.

Monitor malpractice claims to collect any reimbursement

Employers with self-insured health plans should carefully monitor whether employees or their dependents using those health benefits end up suing a provider for malpractice.

Survey: Taxing insurance would raise health costs

As the Trump administration and Congress negotiate elements of health care and tax reform, a new survey finds that most employers expect higher health insurance costs if the government decides to tax employer-provided insurance.

Despite repeal, employers would keep ACA provisions

As the Senate continues to consider legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, employers expect to retain many of the ACA’s popular provisions, even if they are not required to by a new law.

Employers boosting benefits to woo talent

Nearly one-third of organizations increased their overall benefits in the last 12 months in an effort to stand out as employers of choice in today’s competitive recruiting environment.

Interfering with an internal investigation qualifies as misconduct

Employees terminated for misconduct aren’t eligible for unemployment benefits. But what is misconduct?

For unemployment, cursing amounts to misconduct

Pennsylvania workers can be denied unemployment benefits for willful misconduct. A court just decided cursing counts, even if there’s no specific rule against it.

Rule would let employers drop contraception

The Department of Health and Human Services has drafted a proposed rule that would strip away the Affordable Care Act’s mandate requiring most employer-provided health insurance policies to cover contraceptive services. The rule would allow exemptions for any employer holding “religious beliefs or moral convictions” that oppose birth control.

Beware creative workers' comp fraud: The case of the 'sprinkler selfie' injury

Florida says fraud is one reason workers’ comp premiums for businesses rose by 14.5% last year.

Collect unemployment during furloughs in Minnesota?

Q. As a labor cost-cutting measure we are scheduling employees for three weeks on and one week off. We expect to keep this schedule indefinitely. Can employees collect unemployment for the one week they are off?

Personal care industry: Know the unique UC rules

Under Minnesota’s unemployment compensation laws, when service for a particular patient ends, attendants are only eligible for unemployment compensation benefits if they tell the staffing service they are willing and able to work with another patient. Otherwise, the end of the original assignment doesn’t count as a discharge.

Employee misconduct bars unemployment benefits

Employees who are terminated for misconduct aren’t eligible for unemployment compensation benefits. Just about any breach of an employer’s rules amounts to misconduct.
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