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Month: February 2014

February Compliance Recap

February brought two significant final regulations that affect an employer’s compliance obligations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The first, on the employer-shared responsibility ("play or pay") requirements, d…

Restrictions On Criminal Background Checks

According to an article in Human Resource Executive Online, California has further restricted criminal background checks. California SB530 amends the California Labor Code to prohibit public and private employers from asking job applicants about crimin…

Wearable Technology in the Workplace

More people are carrying various electronic devices on them at all times. Some of these are already in the workplace such as cell phones, MP3 players, and tablets. However, as technology evolves, a leading-edge trend is for wearable technology. As with…

Employer Shared Responsibility (“Play or Pay”) Regulations

The U.S. Treasury Department released the final regulations implementing the employer shared responsibility penalty provisions of the 2010 health care reform law on February 10, 2014. In many ways, the final regulations resemble the proposed regulation…