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Federal court nixes Trump’s ‘association health plans’

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled March 28 that a Trump administration effort to facilitate bare-bones health plans was an illegal violation of the Affordable Care Act and ERISA, the law that governs employee benefits.

Employers back ACA rule on pre-existing conditions

Employers of all sizes overwhelmingly support preserving the Affordable Care Act’s mandate for health insurance plans to cover individuals with pre-existing conditions, according to a new survey by the Mercer consulting firm.

Gig economy: Is that an employer or just software?

A court has affirmed that an online company that connects workers with potential clients is not an employer for unemployment compensation benefit purposes.

Snapshot: Large employers increasingly exclude out-of-network coverage

Many large employers have either entirely stopped covering out-of-network health claims or are seriously considering it.

Does working a gig job rule out unemployment benefits?

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of an unemployed worker who was denied unemployment compensation insurance benefits because he became an Uber driver after he was laid off.

Cost of an easily learned lesson: $7.4 million

One of the most avoidable lawsuits in many years has finally settled, leaving an important lesson for employers: If you plan to break the law, do not announce your intentions in front of a roomful of employees who will be harmed by your decision.

Another reason to track absenteeism: It can rule out unemployment benefits

If you want to terminate for attendance problems, make sure you consider only unexcused absences when making your decision.

Supreme Court hands win to injured workers

The Minnesota Supreme Court has overturned a 30-year-old decision that prevented injured workers from receiving workers’ compensation benefits and also suing their employers for discrimination.

Workers’ comp: What happens in Texas stays in Texas

Employees claiming retaliation for making a workers’ compensation claim in Texas can’t make a federal case out of it. Such claims must be heard in state courts.

More covered by employer-sponsored health insurance

An improving economy and the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate may be behind a modest increase in the share of Americans with job-based health insurance in recent years, but the long-term trend remains a downward one.