Developments in Benefits, Compliance
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a final rule that extends its existing recordkeeping requirements under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to employers covered by Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). The final rule was published on Feb. 3, 2012, and it takes effect on April 3, 2012.
This Fickewirth and Associates Legislative Brief provides a summary of the EEOC’s final recordkeeping rule under GINA. - View the PDF
On Nov. 17, 2011, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued Frequently Asked Questions to provide guidance on the implementation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). This Fickewirth and Associates Legislative Brief provides an overview of that guidance. For a copy of the guidance see www.dol.gov/ebsa/faqs/faq-aca7.html - View the PDF
The HITECH Act requires HHS to provide for periodic audits to ensure covered entities and business associates are complying with the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and Breach Notification standards. To implement this mandate, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Civil Rights (OCR) began in November 2011, an initial 20 audits to establish and test audit protocols. Currently ongoing, the results from these initial audits will determine how the rest of the audits will be conducted. During 2012, the remaining audits, about 150 in all, will be conducted using the revised protocol materials. The pilot will be completed by the end of December 2012. - View the PDF
Federal subsidies covering 65 percent of the cost of COBRA premiums expired yesterday, Wednesday August 31, 2011. Although Congress passed several extensions for the program, recent legislative proposals to continue the subsidies were not passed. To clarify ending program details, the Department of Labor updated its COBRA ARRA Web page with the following six FAQs - View the PDF
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a Final Rule requiring most private‐sector employers – including those without a union in the workplace ‐ to notify employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) by posting a notice. The rule was published in the Federal Register on Aug. 30, 2011, and will take effect 75 days later. - View the PDF
A medical child support order is a judgment, decree, or order (including an approval of a property settlement) that: Is made pursuant to State domestic relations law (including a community property law) or certain other State laws relating to medical child support (see Q1-8); and Provides for child (more)