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Legislation

Guidance Issued on Health Insurance Exchanges and Summary of Benefits

The Department of Health and Human Services on May 16 issued new guidance for states on health insurance exchanges. In addition, HHS in conjunction with the Departments of Labor and Treasury, released an additional set of frequently asked questions regarding implementation of the summary of benefits and coverage provisions included in the health care law.
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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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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 »

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 »

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 »

ABC Supports Legislation That Would Block 'Ambush' Elections

ABC praised the introduction of H.J. Res. 103 to the U.S. House of Representatives and S. J. Res. 36 to the U.S. Senate. Both pieces of legislation use the Congressional Review Act to block the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) “ambush” election rule. 
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Indiana Governor Signs Right-To-Work Bill

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) Feb. 1 signed into law a new right-to-work bill that will protect all workers in the state from being forced to pay union dues as a requirement of employment. Daniels signed the bill hours after it was passed by the Indiana legislature and ABC immediately expressed its support for the action. 
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DOL Delays H-2B Wage Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Nov. 29 announced it has postponed the effective date for its revised H-2B wage calculation methodology from Nov. 30, 2011 to Jan. 1, 2012. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Joins Group To Support Repeal Of The Health Insurance Tax

ABC is joining more than 30 other organizations as part of the Stop the HIT Coalition to support the Jobs and Premium Protection Act (S. 1880), introduced Nov. 16 in the U.S. Senate, which would repeal the Health Insurance Tax (HIT) contained in Section 9010 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). 
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Decision To Rush Vote On Ambush Elections Brings NLRB Under Fire

The two-member Democratic majority of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has come under fire for a decision to schedule a Nov. 30 vote on a proposal that could dramatically shorten the length of time between when a petition is filed and a union election takes place. NLRB Member Brian Hayes, ABC and U.S. House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R – Minn.) have publicly criticized the move. 
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