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ABC Comments On Employer FAQS Regarding Health Care Law

As part of the Employers for Flexibility in Health Care (EFHC) coalition, ABC submitted comments April 5 to the U.S. Department of Labor on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to offer its suggestions on ensuring employer-sponsored coverage remains a competitive option for all employees, whether full time, part time, temporary or seasonal. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Advocates For Repeal of the Employer Mandate in the Health Care

ABC on March 28 submitted a letter as part of a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing on the “Individual and Employer Mandates in the Democrats’ Health Care Law,” and offered support for the American Job Protection Act (H.R. 1744), which would repeal the employer mandate.
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Pro-Merit Shop Verdict Upheld In Union Picketing, Bannering & Handbilling Case

The merit shop construction industry won a victory on March 29 when a federal court of appeals in Georgia upheld a jury verdict that awarded Fidelity Interior Construction, Suwanee, Ga., with $1.7 million against the Carpenters’ union. The jury found that the Carpenters conducted an illegal “area standards” campaign that included bannering, picketing and handbilling at buildings where Fidelity was, had or might be working. 
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ABC Supports Repeal of Auto Enroll Provision in Health Care Law

ABC March 22 joined 44 other organizations and businesses in supporting a bill, the Auto Enroll Repeal Act (H.R. 2206) that would repeal a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that requires employers of 200 or more full-time employees to automatically enroll employees in a health plan should coverage not be chosen by the employee.
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FAQs Available on Summary of Benefits and Coverage Final Rule

The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and the Treasury recently issued a list of FAQs related to the Feb. 14 final rule implementing the provision on summary of benefits and coverage in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Read the rest of entry »

ABC-Led Coalition Appeals Decision On "Employee Rights" Poster Requirement

On March 5, the ABC-led Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) appealed a ruling by a U.S. District Court judge who found that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has the authority to mandate its biased “employee rights” poster.  
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Final Rule Implements Health Insurance Exchanges

On March 12, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule on health insurance exchanges, which combines policies from two other proposed rules published last summer. Read the rest of entry »

Reduction in Design Value for Southern Pine Lumber Effective June 1

Beginning on June 1, the design values for certain types of visually graded Southern Pine lumber will be reduced, according to a Jan. 11 decision by the American Lumber Standard Committee. 
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Judge: NLRB Can Require Poster But May Revise Penalty Provisions

On March 2, a U.S. District Court issued a decision in the legal challenge against the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) biased “employee rights” notice posting requirement, ruling that the NLRB has the authority to mandate the notice posting itself, but it cannot impose an up-front, blanket penalty policy for failure to post.
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Final Regulations Issued on Summary of Benefits and Coverage

On Feb. 14, the Departments of Treasury, Labor and Health and Human Services issued final regulations regarding the summary of benefits and coverage and the uniform glossary for group health plans and health insurance coverage in the group and individual markets. The final regulations are effective April 16, 2012. Read the rest of entry »