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DOL Publishes New FMLA Guide for Employers

The Department of Labor (DOL) has published a new guide to help employers understand their obligations under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The Employer’s Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act was announced by DOL FMLA Branch … Continue reading

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Discussion About Prescription Drug Coverage Grows With Awareness of Opioids, Contraceptives, Spiking Prices

In the past year, legislators, employers, the media and healthcare consumers have focused on a variety of topics related to prescription drug coverage and use. The opioid epidemic sweeping the country, changes in access to contraceptives and the rising prices of prescription drugs have all contributed to a renewed interest in how insurance plans cover prescription drugs and how health care consumers use them. Continue reading

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EEOC Lawsuit Probes Intersection Between ADA, Wellness Programs

A new case out of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin tested the boundaries of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with respect to employer wellness programs. Continue reading

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District Court Ruling Seeks to Expand Contraceptive Mandate Exception

A new ruling out of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia would expand the types of organizations that can opt out of providing employees with coverage for contraceptives. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that group health … Continue reading

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Lawsuit Alleges “Right-Sizing” Illegal Under ACA, ERISA

A new lawsuit may test the legality of “right-sizing” where the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) intersect. The class-action lawsuit, Marin v. Dave and Buster’s Inc., involves around 10,000 employees of Dave and Buster’s … Continue reading

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Self-Funding and Reference-Based Pricing: An Overview

As health insurance premiums in the U.S. continue to rise, employers are constantly looking for new ways to reduce employee benefit costs. One solution that many employers are adopting is the use of self-funded health insurance and reference-based pricing. In … Continue reading

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Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal In All 50 States; Employers Should Review Plans, Policies

On Friday, the Supreme Court announced the ruling for Obergefell v. Hodges, the same-sex marriage case argued before the court on April 28. The Supreme Court opinion addressed two issues, stating 1) that states must issue marriage licenses for two … Continue reading

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