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DOL Updates Definition of Spouse in FMLA Regulations

February 24, 2015

On June 26, 2013, in U.S. v. Windsor, 570 U.S. 12, 133 S. Ct. 2675 (2013), the U.S. Supreme Court struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional under the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment. Immediately following the decision in Windsor, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced what the then-current ...
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Striving for Better Written Communications

February 24, 2015

Tips for the Wary Business Writer In honor of National Grammar Day (March 4), a day celebrated by probably only a handful of self-proclaimed word geeks, let us ruminate for a moment on the intricacies of putting forth written communications that get our messages across fluently and…Scratch that. Business writing never needs such flowery ...

From the Hotline: OSHA Reporting via OSHA 300 Log

February 27, 2015

Question: We have 125 employees in six offices. Are we required to post a separate OSHA 300 log for each office, or can we post a corporate log that compiles all incidents and all hours worked?Answer: According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), “employers must keep a 300 Log for each establishment or site. If you ...

Federal Employment Law Update – February 2015

February 26, 2015

FAQs about Affordable Care Act Implementation (Part XXIII) On February 13, 2015, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury released new frequently asked questions (FAQs) addressing whether or not health insurance coverage supplementing group health coverage can be categorized as supplemental excepted ...

From the Hotline: COBRA Surcharge for Tobacco Use

February 25, 2015

Question: When charging COBRA rates, can we include the surcharge for tobacco user status in addition to the 102 percent of total premium? Or are we limited to the standard 102 percent?Answer: Only the 100 percent premium plus 2 percent may be charged under the COBRA rate to the ex-employee. A tobacco surcharge cannot be added to COBRA ...

From the Hotline: Risk of Tuberculosis at Work

February 23, 2015

Question: What steps should an employer take if an employee is being tested for tuberculosis (TB)? Is there a risk of transmission if the employee is at work?Answer: Because there may be some risk when an employee is exposed to tuberculosis (TB), the employer should require an employee to provide a medical release prior to permitting an ...

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