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Think Tanks Release Compromise Proposal for Paid Parental Leave

June 06, 2017  |   Legal Updates   |     |   Comments Off on Think Tanks Release Compromise Proposal for Paid Parental Leave

BY MICHAEL J. LOTITO AND ILYSE SCHUMAN ON JUNE 6, 2017 The American Enterprise Institute (AEI)-Brookings Working Group on Paid Family Leave has issued a new report analyzing the costs and benefits of implementing a national paid leave program, and laying out a compromise proposal for lawmakers to consider. The compromise outlined in the report—Paid Family and ...

Zenefits Fined by NY Regulator for Unlicensed Insurance Sales

April 12, 2017  |   Legal Updates   |     |   Comments Off on Zenefits Fined by NY Regulator for Unlicensed Insurance Sales

By REUTERS April 11, 2017, 2:00 P.M. E.D.T. NEW YORK — Health benefits broker Zenefits was fined $1.2 million with New York's financial services regulator on Tuesday for letting unlicensed employees solicit, negotiate and sell insurance policies, the latest regulatory blow for the software startup. Zenefits in 2014 and 2015 engaged in "repeated" violations of the state's insurance law, including failures to maintain ...

Proposed Law Would Require All California Children To Be Screened For Lead

March 13, 2017  |   Legal Updates   |     |   Comments Off on Proposed Law Would Require All California Children To Be Screened For Lead

By Ana B. Ibarra | March 13, 2017 Growing national concern about lead poisoning in children has prompted a California lawmaker to introduce legislation to ensure that all of the state’s kids are tested for the toxic metal. The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), would change the state’s Health and Safety Code to require testing for all children ages 6 months to 6 years. Current regulations require lead testing only for children in ...

House GOP lawmakers face tough questions on health care

February 06, 2017  |   Legal Updates   |     |   Comments Off on House GOP lawmakers face tough questions on health care

By Associated Press February 5 WASHINGTON — Angry constituents confronted Republican lawmakers at separate town halls in California and Florida, fearful of the GOP promise to repeal former President Barack Obama’s health care law without a comprehensive alternative. In California, Rep. Tom McClintock faced tough questions on Saturday about health care and President Donald Trump’s agenda and had to be escorted by police after his hour-long event. Protesters followed him, ...

THROWBACK: After Expanding Under Obamacare, This 123-Year-Old Insurance Company Is Closing Its Doors

January 31, 2017  |   Legal Updates   |     |   Comments Off on THROWBACK: After Expanding Under Obamacare, This 123-Year-Old Insurance Company Is Closing Its Doors

Melissa Quinn | @MelissaQuinn97 | May 04, 2015 |         After expanding to do business on the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges last year, a Wisconsin-based health insurance company founded in 1892 has announced it will close its doors. Assurant Inc. announced last week one of its subsidiaries, Assurant Health, an insurance company, will either be sold or shuttered after losing tens of millions of ...

Ninth Circuit Court Limits False Claims Act Liability for Alleged Unlawful Marketing of Pharmaceuticals

January 19, 2017  |   Legal Updates   |     |   Comments Off on Ninth Circuit Court Limits False Claims Act Liability for Alleged Unlawful Marketing of Pharmaceuticals

Thursday, January 19, 2017 A U.S. District Court recently issued a wide-ranging opinion that pharmaceutical companies should consider when evaluating whether their speaker programs comply with the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS). The ruling also provides one of the first judicial interpretations of the “recommendation” prong of the AKS, an interpretation that contradicts the government’s position on the statute. In United States ex ...

Insurance commissioner’s enforcement action against Zenefits results in multi-million dollar penalty

November 28, 2016  |   Legal Updates   |     |   Comments Off on Insurance commissioner’s enforcement action against Zenefits results in multi-million dollar penalty

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones today announced the enforcement action taken against Zenefits for multiple license violations has resulted in a $7 million penalty. Zenefits was charged with allowing unlicensed employees to transact insurance and circumventing insurance agent education requirements. This is the largest penalty assessed by any commissioner against Zenefits and one of the largest penalties for licensing violations ever assessed in the department's history. A 2013 start-up, Zenefits is a San Francisco ...

DOJ and FTC Release Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals

November 08, 2016  |   Legal Updates   |     |   Comments Off on DOJ and FTC Release Antitrust Guidance for HR Professionals

By Philip M. Berkowitz, Michael J. Lotito, Ilyse W. Schuman, and Corinn Jackson November 8, 2016 Employment lawyers and human resources professionals, take note:  In 2016, in addition to knowing the ins and outs of labor and employment law, the federal government and its enforcement entities expect that you have more than a passing familiarity with antitrust law. On October 25, 2016, the ...

Election 2016 FAQ: Proposition 52, Private Hospital Fees For Medi-Cal

October 04, 2016  |   Legal Updates   |     |   Comments Off on Election 2016 FAQ: Proposition 52, Private Hospital Fees For Medi-Cal

Laura Klivans | California Counts Monday, October 3, 2016 | Sacramento, CA | Permalink Proposition 52 makes permanent a fee paid by private hospitals that helps the state obtain Medi-Cal funds. The Basics In California, private hospitals pay an annual fee to the state that in turn helps bring in additional federal funds for Medi-Cal, the state’s health care program for low-income Californians. One in three Californians ...

Can We Allow Laid-Off Employees to Spend Down Their Health FSAs Without Electing COBRA?

September 15, 2016  |   Legal Updates   |     |   Comments Off on Can We Allow Laid-Off Employees to Spend Down Their Health FSAs Without Electing COBRA?

QUESTION: Our company offers a calendar-year cafeteria plan with a health FSA funded through employee salary reductions. The health FSA is subject to COBRA, and our plan documents provide that health FSA coverage ends upon termination of employment. Before year-end, we expect to eliminate several positions at our company. Can we amend our plan to permit the laid-off employees with unused amounts remaining in their health FSAs to be reimbursed for ...