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Politics and Religion in the Workplace – “Backlash Discrimination” of Muslims and Middle Eastern Employees

Politics and Religion in the Workplace – “Backlash Discrimination” of Muslims and Middle Eastern Employees

By Jennifer Adams Murphy, Wessels Sherman Fear, emotionally charged perspectives on the Trump administration's immigration policy and deeply embedded religious views are all topics ...

Before You Acquire That Business, Understand the NLRB’s Successor Bar Doctrine

Before You Acquire That Business, Understand the NLRB’s Successor Bar Doctrine

By Beverly Alfon – SmithAmundsen LLC – www.salawus.com   When a change of ownership occurs for a business that employs individuals who are represented by an incumbent union, t ...

IDES Audits: 10 Commonly Asked Questions by Illinois Employers about IDES Audits

IDES Audits: 10 Commonly Asked Questions by Illinois Employers about IDES Audits

By Nancy E. Joerg, Esq., Managing Shareholder – St. Charles Office, Wessels Sherman Joerg Liszka Laverty Seneczko P.C., St. Charles, Illinois, (630) 377-1554, najoerg@wesselssherma ...

Illinois Employers Should be Hyper Alert to An Employee’s First 30 Working Days

Illinois Employers Should be Hyper Alert to An Employee’s First 30 Working Days

By Nancy E. Joerg, Esq., Managing Shareholder – St. Charles Office, Wessels Sherman Joerg Liszka Laverty Seneczko P.C., St. Charles, Illinois, (630) 377-1554, najoerg@wesselssherma ...

Blocked! U.S. Federal Judge Issues a Preliminary Injunction on the New Wage and Hour Regulations

Blocked! U.S. Federal Judge Issues a Preliminary Injunction on the New Wage and Hour Regulations

By Sean Darke, Shareholder, Wessels Sherman U.S. Federal District Judge Amos Mazzant granted a preliminary injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor’s new salary threshold r ...

BREAKING NEWS: Persuade Rule Is Unlawful Federal Judge Concludes

BREAKING NEWS: Persuade Rule Is Unlawful Federal Judge Concludes

By Suzanne Newcomb – SmithAmundsen LLC – www.salawus.com A Texas federal judge today, November 16, 2016, struck down the U.S. Department of Labor’s controversial “Persuader Rule” f ...

Why it is So Important to Train all managers and supervisors to identify harassment

Why it is So Important to Train all managers and supervisors to identify harassment

By Nancy E. Joerg, Esq., Managing Shareholder – St. Charles Office, Wessels Sherman Joerg Liszka Laverty Seneczko P.C., St. Charles, Illinois, (630) 377-1554, najoerg@wesselssherma ...

BREAKING NEWS: Penalties Doubled for Affordable Care Act Reporting Noncompliance

By Kelly Haab-Tallitsch- SmithAmundsen LLC- www.salawus.com The Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (“Trade Bill”), signed into law by President Obama on June 29, significantly increases potential penalties for employers and insurers that fail to comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) reporting requirements, beginning in early 2016. As a reminder: • IRS Code 6056 requires employers with 50 or more fu ...

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Minnesota Federal Court is the First to Address Discrimination Claims Brought Under the Affordable Care Act

By James B. Sherman, Esq., Phoebe A. Taurick, Esq., Wessels Sherman Joerg Liszka Laverty Seneczko P.C., www.wesselssherman.com In what is believed to be the first case to allege discrimination under the often overlooked civil rights provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a federal district court judge in Minnesota recently denied motions to dismiss a lawsuit filed against two Minneapolis area health c ...

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Employer Mandates Now Delayed Until 2016!

By Rebecca Dobbs Bush – SmithAmundsen LLC – www.salawus.com The Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) originally scheduled the employer mandates to take effect in 2014. Then, on July 2, 2013, the White House announced that it would delay enforcement of the employer mandate provisions from 2014 to 2015. Now – in line with the over-arching theme of the ACA which seems to be last minute postponement of regulations frust ...

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Exchange Launch in 3, 2, 1. . .

Illinois' Health Insurance Marketplace (or Exchange), which is a partnership exchange with the federal government, is scheduled to open its doors three months from today with still a great deal of work left to do on crucial consumer outreach and education. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) took steps last week by launching a new and improved version of the Healthcare.gov website, which wi ...

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New US Chamber Report: The Path Forward for Health Reform

The US Chamber's Health Care Solutions Council released a new report last Thursday - the eve of the one-year anniversary of the US Supreme Court's landmark ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) - providing a comprehensive set of recommendations to "successfully address the nation's fundamental challenges related to health care delivery and insurance reform." The report is the culmination of nearly a year' ...

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Employer Mandates Delayed until 2015!

By Rebecca Dobbs Bush – SmithAmundsen LLC – www.salawus.com On July 2, 2013, the White House announced that it would delay enforcement of the Employer Mandate Provisions in Health Care Reform from January 1, 2014 to January 1, 2015.  Par for the course with Health Care Reform, we are again faced with last minute delays rewarding those who were doing nothing to prepare and frustrating those trying to be proa ...

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Federal Navigators and IL In-Person Counselors Update

The application for interested organizations seeking to serve as federal Navigators was due last Friday (June 7) with the anticipated award announcement to be handed down in early July. HHS has made $54 million available for the Navigator program and received over 830 optional letters of intent from organizations that may or may not have formally submitted an application for the navigator grant. In the mean ...

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ACA Regulatory Update

HHS recently finalized regulations governing the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) - the small group market on the exchange - solidifying the proposed delay of the employee-directed choice option on the SHOP in states like Illinois that will rely on a partnership or full federally-facilitated exchange until at least 2015. Employers with fewer than 50 employees are eligible to purchase group cover ...

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