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Informed Employer: Think S.P.R.I.N.G. - Are You Up-to-date on Regulatory Changes and Legal Developments Impacting Your Business?

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EEOC Lists Top Causes of Workplace Discrimination Claims
Retaliation charges increased by nearly five percent in 2015 and continue to be the leading concern raised by workers across the country. Disability charges increased by six percent from last year and are the third largest category of charges filed.
(Source: Insurance Journal, 2016-02-16) Read the full article
U.S. District Court Rules Employers Can Be Sued for Reducing Hours
Employers can now be sued for simply reducing an employee's hours. If an employee can show that your intent in reducing his or her hours was to deny the person access to some benefit or right he or she would've otherwise been entitled to, you can be sued.
(Source: HR Morning, 2016-02-24) Read the full article
Spending Bill Proposal Includes Plans to Extend Some H-2B Visas
The current U.S. spending bill proposal in the House of Representatives includes plans to extend some H-2B visas, allowing more lower-skilled temporary workers to stay in the U.S. for longer. The visas allow companies to hire low-skilled workers to fill specific non-agricultural jobs.
(Source: Bloomberg, 2016-02-25) Read the full article
Study Finds Companies' Wellness Programs Boost Their Bottom Lines
The debate over how much return on investment corporate wellness programs can generate will likely rage on, but a recent study suggests that there is a connection between a healthy workforce and a healthy bottom line. After analyzing data from 45 publicly traded companies with top-shelf wellness programs, the Health Enhancement Research Organization found that stocks of those companies appreciated 235 percent over a six-year period compared with 159 percent for the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.
(Source: Workforce Management, 2016-02-24) Read the full article
Most Big Employers Taking Slow Approach to High-Deductible Plans
A new report draws on data from about 500 large Benefitfocus clients in order to benchmark how employers and employees are reacting to new cost and regulatory pressures from the Affordable Care Act. The study reveals that the majority of large employers are taking a nuanced, multi-year approach to implementing high-deductible health plans.
(Source:, 2016-02-28) Read the full article
Penalties Work Better to Motivate Employees to Exercise
When it comes to getting people to participate in workplace weight loss programs, financial rewards may not be much of an incentive. Penalties, on the other hand, work great.
(Source: Bloomberg, 2016-02-15) Read the full article
Companies Finding Competitive Advantages to Hiring Alumni
More companies are treating their former employees like alumni rather than deserters. As workers across more industries are increasingly jumping from job to job, a broader array of companies and organizations are taking note of the competitive advantage alumni networks can offer and are funneling resources toward keeping their former personnel in the fold.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal, 2016-02-21) Read the full article
Study Finds Spreading Out Pay Raise Motivates Employees More
Looking forward to a raise this year? You may work harder if it comes in two installments. It turns out that quantity trumps quality when it comes to how raises motivate employees, according to researchers at the University of Cologne in Germany.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal, 2016-02-21) Read the full article
Companies Secretly Using Analytics to Track Workers' Pregnancies
Health care analytics companies can mine workers' medical claims, pharmacy claims, and search queries to figure out if an employee is trying to conceive or is already pregnant. For example, Castlight has the ability to gather workers' medical information, then use that data to identify segments of an employee population that are about to make certain decisions, senior product manager Alka Tandon told Fortune.
(Source: Fortune, 2016-02-17) Read the full article
Think S.P.R.I.N.G. - Are You Up-to-date on Regulatory Changes and Legal Developments Impacting Your Business?

Germaine Winnick Willett
Germaine Winnick Willett

Another winter nears its end.  To most everyone’s delight, signs of spring will soon begin to appear.  To help celebrate spring’s arrival, the letters of “spring” will guide our discussion of current hot topics in employment law.  Though not exactly a walk through the daffodils, knowledge of the following topics will help employers avoid the distraction and expense of investigations and lawsuits so they can focus on improving and growing their businesses.

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Don't Miss Out - Employer Briefing Webinars

In 2015, we presented a series of quarterly webinars for employers, HR directors and in-house counsel to address important issues in the workplace.  Don’t miss out on the 2016 Employer Briefing Webinar Series. Visit our website to sign up to receive an alert about our upcoming webinars. You can also download the materials from any of the 2015 webinars you may have missed. Learn more here.


Conditional Payments In Settlements With Medicare Beneficiaries

Germaine Winnick Willett
Ann H. Stewart

Before settling a case with a Medicare beneficiary, the parties need to determine whether Medicare has a reimbursement interest in medical payments it has made to the Medicare beneficiary that it believes are another entity's responsibility.  These are known as conditional payments.  It is important to determine conditional payment interests, and resolve them, as part of the settlement in order to avoid having to make an additional payment after the settlement is finalized.

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