Ten states have filed applications with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to set up state-based health insurance exchange markets under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
Ten U.S. states began 2013 with a minimum wage increase. The increases went into effect on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oregon Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
The Christmas tree is down, credit card bills are coming in and it’s cold and gray outside. Welcome to winter with shorter daylight, cold, snow, ice, rain and everything that goes with it including delayed flights due to snow, late arrivals to work, trying to get home during a storm, car not starting, etc.
Although the tax package was passed by Congress on New Year’s Day to protect most Americans from income tax increases, a majority of Americans will still end up paying more federal taxes in 2013. In general, the package passed this past Tuesday extends most of the Bush-era tax cuts for individuals making less than $400,000 and married couples making less than $450,000. What it didn’t do was to extend a 2 percent social security tax reduction that was in place for 2011 and 2012. In 2012, the 2
percent cut in the payroll tax was worth $1,000 to a worker making $50,000 a year.
The U.S. Labor Department released its November job report today showing that the U.S. economy added 146,000 last month and the unemployment rate dropped from the previous rate of 7.9% to 7.7% which is the lowest unemployment has been since December 2008.
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With Christmas and New Year’s falling on Tuesdays in 2012-2013, the year-end holiday calendar will be much kinder to employees than in the previous two years, according to Bloomberg BNA’s survey of employers’ year-end holiday plans.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recovered a record-high $365.4 million for private-sector discrimination claimants through its administrative enforcement program in fiscal year 2012, the agency said in announcing its latest performance and accountability report. The total includes amounts recovered through mediation, settlements, withdrawals with benefits, and conciliation, EEOC said. Roughly $36 million, or 10 percent, came from “systemic discrimination” cases involving allegations of companywide or industry-wide practices affecting a large number of employees. EEOC also reported that it received 99,412 private-sector discrimination charges in fiscal 2012, just shy of the previous year’s record 99,947 charges. 12.05.2012
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has determined that retailer, Wet Seal, Inc. discriminated against a former African American store manager.
Although the new health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act (“PPACA”), is still a full year away from almost full implementation, many small companies are beginning to show concern. With the Presidential elections behind us now almost a month, it’s solidly understood that the PPACA is here to stay which means it’s time for “Plan B” for lots of people who may have been thinking the new law would be trashed with a Romney presidential win. However, we all know that didn’t happen and the PPACA will be so strongly established within a few years that anyone trying to disengage it in the future will have a slim to no chance of doing so.
Implementation of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (PPACA) moved forward on November 20th with the issuance of proposed rules on some of the health care law’s key provisions, according to a news release from the Department of Health and Human Services. The expansion of employment-based wellness programs is the subject of one proposed rule. It also outlines standards for nondiscriminatory “health-contingent wellness programs,” which generally require individuals to meet a specific standard related to their health to obtain a reward, according to a fact sheet on the rule. A second proposed rule addresses standards for “essential health benefits” that must be covered by plans offered in the individual and small group markets, and a third proposed rule tackles insurance company requirements related to issues such as coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, fairness of premiums, and guaranteed renewability of coverage. A discussion of “Incentives and Rewards” appears in chapter Wellness and Health Promotion Programs. In addition, the HR Health Care Compliance portal page provides easy access to a range of ACA news, analysis, and other resources. 11.21.2012
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today issued the 2013 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
On November 6th, San Jose, CA voters approved an ordinance requiring a $10.00 per hour minimum wage for all workers in the city who put in more than two hours a week.
The annual four-day Thanksgiving holiday officially arrives this Thursday. Thanksgiving and all that it stands for (e.g., traveling to be with family and friends, feasting on certain traditional foods, giving thanks for bounty, etc.) is one of America’s most unique holidays. Although the original idea of a thanksgiving can be traced back in history to the autumn harvest festival which has been celebrated all over the world in different cultures and societies, it slowly morphed into something very unique once it was brought to the New World in the early 17th century by the Pilgrims, a religious group trying to escape religious persecution in England.
On Sunday, November 4th at 2:00 A.M., remember to move your clocks back one hour and “gain” an extra hour. Otherwise, you may be arriving to work on Monday morning a bit early.