Monthly Archives: April 2012

Health Reform Questions: Essential Health Benefits

April 10th, 2012

April 2012 From the Desk of Larry Grudzien Attorney-At-Law What Are “Essential Health Benefits”?   Under Section 1302(b) of the Affordable Care Act, “essential health benefits” include minimum benefits in ten general categories and the items and services within those categories:   * Ambulatory patient services   * Emergency services   * Hospitalization   *...

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11th Hour Decisions: Ill Advised When It Involves FMLA

April 10th, 2012

 April 2012 Navigating FMLA requirements, meeting timelines, certification requirements and treatment of employees while off on continuous or intermittent leave can be challenging even for an experienced FML administrator.  Most employers lack full understanding of the FMLA and the implications or “risks” in failing to meet FML regulatory requirements.  Believing that they are “in the right”, employers...

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The Necessities of a Safety Manual

April 10th, 2012

April 2012 Employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace environment for their employees free from harm, health hazards, harassment, etc. Enforcement of workplace safety compliance is an issue that has gained increased attention from federal and state governing agencies. According to the federal Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA), an effective safety and health program...

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Workplace Water Cooler Rumors

April 10th, 2012

April 2012 Many employers using technology understand the dynamic implications of workplace rumors. Rumors can create an environment of mistrust, hostility, low motivation, and low productivity. Managers who are trained to recognize the root causes of rumors and how to prevent them, or at least be able to manage rumors, can more effectively set the...

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