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News Brief: 2018 Was A Record Year for HIPAA Enforcement Actions

In 2018, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) settled 10 cases and was granted summary judgment in a case in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enforcement. The enforcement […]
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Compliance Bulletin: Medicare Part D Disclosures Due by March 1 for Calendar Year Plans

OVERVIEW Group health plan sponsors are required to complete an online disclosure form with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on an annual basis and at other […]
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OSHA Increases Civil Penalty Amounts for 2019

OVERVIEW On Jan. 23, 2019, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule that increases the maximum penalty amounts the agency may assess against employers that […]
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2019 Health Plan Compliance Deadlines

Employers must comply with numerous reporting and disclosure requirements throughout the year in connection with their group health plans. This Compliance Overview explains key 2019 compliance deadlines for employer-sponsored […]
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Compliance Bulletin: OSHA Announces Penalty Increases for 2019

Overview On Jan. 15, 2019, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that the maximum penalties for violations of workplace health and safety requirements will increase in 2019. […]
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Compliance Bulletin: 2019 Minimum Wage Rates

OVERVIEW The current federal minimum wage rate is $7.25 per hour. However, many states have adopted minimum wage rates higher than the federal rate. When the state rate and […]
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Compliance Bulletin: OSHA’s SST-16 Inspection Plan Targets Worksites Based on 2016 Reports

OVERVIEW On Oct. 16, 2018, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a “site-specific targeting” (SST) plan that uses employer-submitted data from 2016 to select non-construction worksites for […]
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ACA Compliance Bulletin

OVERVIEW On Dec. 14, 2018, a federal judge ruled in Texas v. United States that the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is invalid due to the elimination of the […]
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Compliance Update: Legalized Marijuana and Employment

While all marijuana use remains illegal under federal law, most states have enacted laws that allow certain uses of marijuana or a marijuana derivative. None of these laws place […]
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Compliance Update: California Expands Sexual Harassment Training Law

OVERVIEW On Sept. 30, 2018, California enacted a series of laws that strengthen the state’s protections against workplace harassment. Effective Jan. 1, 2019, these new laws: Require employers with […]
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