"employment practices liability" Archives

  1. DOL Increases Civil Penalty Amounts for 2020

    On Jan. 15, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its 2020 inflation-adjusted civil monetary penalties that may be assessed on employers for violations of a wide range of federal laws, including: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA); The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); and The Occupational […]

  2. Coronaviruses and the Workplace – HR Insights

    Coronaviruses are fairly common and don’t typically affect humans. When they do, their effects are usually mild, as in the case of the common cold. However, deadlier variations of these coronaviruses have cropped up in recent years. Two examples of these evolved strains are the SARS virus of 2003 and the novel coronavirus, which was […]

  3. ACA Compliance Bulletin-PCORI Fees Reinstated Through 2029

    A federal spending bill enacted at the end of 2019 included several provisions affecting benefit plans. The bill repealed three major taxes and fees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—the Cadillac tax, the medical devices excise tax and the health insurance providers fee. The law also extended the PCORI fees for an additional 10 years. […]

  4. California Mandates Employee Training to Combat Human Trafficking

    OSHA's Crystalline Silica Rule

    OVERVIEW California has enacted two laws that require certain employers in the hospitality and transit industries to provide employee training on how to recognize and report human trafficking. The new laws, known as SB 970 and AB 2034, went into effect on Jan. 1, 2019, but give subject employers until Jan. 1, 2020 or 2021 […]

  5. Coverage in Action: Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI)

    by Elaine

    From hiring new workers to assigning duties, each of your decisions affects employees in a unique way. Although these actions are critical to running your business, they also create exposures that could lead to costly claims by employees or governmental regulators. Even if they are not warranted, claims for wrongful employment practices can disrupt operations, […]

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  6. Proposed Overtime Rule

    Earlier this year the Department of Labor issued a proposed overtime rule. It would establish new salary thresholds for the “white collar” exemptions to the overtime payment requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the proposed overtime rule, the salary threshold would increase from $23,660 to $35,308 per year. The proposed rule would […]

  7. HIPAA’s new FAQs about Health and Wellness Apps and Your PHI

    Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a set of FAQs from the Office of Civil Rights. HIPAA’s new FAQs are meant to address the HIPAA right of access as it relates to health and wellness apps designated for use by patients and application programming interfaces (APIs) used by providers’ electronic health […]

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  8. The Employee Handbook: Best Defense against Employee Lawsuits

    Writing, reviewing and updating your company’s employee handbook may seem like an arduous and thankless task, but don’t give up. It’s your best defense against employee lawsuits. One key function of any employee handbook is to orient new arrivals to your company, providing answers to frequently asked questions. But it also must serve as a […]

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  9. Know Your Numbers: Coverage Gaps Often Lead to Massive Unanticipated Costs

    Coverage gaps can often prove fatal to organizations of many shapes and sizes. While this is known to many business owners in an abstract sense, we’d like to make it more concrete. How much can it really cost to have gaps in your coverages? Which coverages are most often overlooked? Which are most costly? Two […]

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  10. D&O and E&O – What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

    There are a wide variety of business insurance products on the market today. The complexity increases further in that some of the coverages are really bundles including other types of coverage as well. And the bevy of acronyms can make this process even more challenging. Today we’re discussing D&O and E&O – that’s Directors and […]

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