Supreme Court’s ERISA ruling a victory for self-insured employers

March 03, 2016 0 COMMENTS

The U.S. Supreme Court’s March 1 ruling in a Vermont case relieves self-insured employers from the obligation to report claims data to state governments that have established databases reflecting healthcare use and costs for citizens.

The reach of the ruling extends beyond Vermont to all self-insured plans. “It absolutely has national implications,” Linda J. Cohen, an attorney with Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew, P.C. in Burlington, Vermont, said after the ruling was released.

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Contractors face August 1 deadline for new veteran reporting form

July 20, 2015 0 COMMENTS

Beginning August 1, federal contractors must use the new VETS-4212 report to provide information to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) about their affirmative action efforts in employing veterans.

The VETS-4212 report replaces the VETS-100 and VETS-100A forms required by the regulations implementing the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) that became final in September 2014.

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New OSHA reporting requirement takes effect January 1

December 15, 2014 0 COMMENTS

by Judith E. Kramer

A new rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requiring employers to notify the agency when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye goes into effect on January 1 for workplaces under OSHA’s jurisdiction. The rule also updates the list of employers that are partially exempt from OSHA’s record-keeping requirements.

The previous regulation required employers to report work-related fatalities and in-patient hospitalizations of three or more employees within eight hours of the event. Reporting single hospitalizations, amputations, or loss of an eye wasn’t required under the previous rule.

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New Hampshire new-hire reporting requirements changing August 3

July 26, 2013 0 COMMENTS

by Heather L. Devine

New Hampshire House Bill 440, which made several changes and clarifications to new-hire reporting requirements, goes into effect August 3. Most important, the new law requires employers to complete a new-hire report to the Department of Employment Security when a former employee has been rehired (regardless of whether she was laid off or terminated) and when an employee or independent contractor has been separated from her employment for 60 consecutive days or more (rather than 26 consecutive weeks under the prior version of the law).

The full text of HB 440 can be found here. Additional information on the change can be found here.

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Don’t forget Form LM-10 reporting deadline

March 08, 2013 1 COMMENTS

by Kevin J. Skelly

Every year, employers must publicly report specific transactions or arrangements relating to unionization or the threat of unionization. The report must be made within 90 days after the end of the employer’s fiscal year. For employers whose fiscal years coincide with the calendar year, the reporting deadline will be at the end of March.

The report is made on Form LM-10, which is issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Nongovernmental employers must file the form annually to disclose financial dealings with union officials and representatives.

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