Miscellaneous

Last week saw new unemployment claims set a new record with 3.3 million claims in one week. Well, that record didn’t last long as the Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday reported that new claims for unemployment benefits reached over 6.6 million – more than double last week’s record! To put those numbers in perspective, the…

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Jobless Claims Beginning to Spike

As COVID-19 continues to spread around the nation the inevitable jump in unemployment claims is seemingly now beginning in earnest. According to the weekly initial unemployment claims data from the Department of Labor, seasonally-adjusted initial claims were some 70,000 higher for the week ending March 14 than they were in the prior week. Total initial…

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ObamaCare LTO Expires December 15

You wouldn’t think such a thing as a limited time offer (LTO) would exist for a government program, but it does for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act. According to the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) website, the standard minimum participation rate of 70% of your employees enrolled (11 States have a…

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House Votes to Repeal “Cadillac Tax”

As the old baseball saying goes, it’s hard to tell the players without a scorecard, but it seems equally challenging to tell whether or not the US House wants to keep any aspects of ObamaCare. On Wednesday of this week, the democratically-controlled U.S. House voted by an overwhelming bi-partisan tally of 419 – 6 to…

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ObamaCare, California-style

It may be effectively neutered at the federal level, but the California legislature just put the individual mandate back on the books when it passed SB 78, legislation that authorizes the taxing of California citizens who do not purchase health insurance and Governor Gavin Newsom signed it into law last Friday. The new law essentially…

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Kentucky Requires Lawyers in Unemployment Hearings

In what could undoubtedly be an expensive ruling for Kentucky businesses, the Kentucky Court of Appeals has tossed out a longstanding law allowing a non-lawyer to represent an employer at administrative unemployment hearings.  In its April 26 decision, the court found the law an unconstitutional encroachment on the state judicial branch’s executive authority to regulate…

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SHOP Portal Closes

It was born out of passage of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) back in 2010, but now the online enrollment and payment portal for the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), is no more. Last Sunday, February 10, 2019, the enrollment and payment portal only, closed for good as SHOP coverage may now be…

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Court Struck Obamacare, But It’s Still Law

A word of caution . . . despite the fact that a federal district court in Texas ruled two weeks ago that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare) was unconstitutional, it remains the law of the land. President Trump’s signing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) into law last December,…

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Don’t Risk Your Network!

There’s only days left to register for our regional meeting in New Jersey on Tuesday, December 4 at the Doubletree Hotel Newark Airport. The program will feature experts on three major subject areas – each of which can play a significant role in reducing your business risk. The program will include employment law expert Attorney…

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DOL Issues Association Health Plan Rule

The Department of Labor this week finally issued its rule authorizing the creation of association health plans (AHP) that can help small businesses and the self-employed to get more affordable health coverage. Under the new rule, which will become effective on September 1 2018, the definition of an employer under the Employee Retirement Income Security…

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