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Dumped Medical Records Prove Costly

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After a retiring physician Dr. Christine Hamilton, (Hamilton) alleged a HIPAA Privacy Rule had been violated, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) opened an investigation which resulted in an $800,000 settlement by the covered entity, Parkview Health System, Inc. (Parkview). Parkview was considering the possibility of purchasing a […]

Restaurant Workers Receive Back Wages

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The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) established many requirements to protect employees, such as overtime pay and proper recordkeeping. Probably one of the best known FLSA requirements is the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, plus time and one-half for hours worked beyond 40 per week. Another FLSA requirement is that employers are to […]

IRS Guidance relating to HRAs, VEBAs and Nondomestic Partners

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The IRS recently released private letter ruling (PLR) 201415011 regarding tax and benefit issues when an HRA funded through a Voluntary Employees’ Beneficiary Association (VEBA) trust provides coverage to a domestic partner who does not qualify as a dependent under the Internal Revenue Code.  HRA benefits were also provided to spouses, children under age 27 […]

Bay Area Commuting Options Save Money

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Working together, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) approved a regional commuter benefits ordinance which became effective on March 25, 2014, and is on a pilot basis through December 2016. The program is focused on expanding employer participation in commuter options that in turn will decrease […]

Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Ruling

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On Monday, June 30, 2014, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 under the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby in favor of the arts and craft store regarding the contraceptive mandate challenge. The court ruled that business owners can object on religious grounds to a provision that requires closely held companies to provide health insurance that […]