10. Legal considerations when implementing on-site clinics 10. Legal considerations when implementing on-site clinics

The issues in implementing an on-site clinic may seem obvious: Finding a service provider; installing an appropriate facility; and addressing employee access during work hours. However, there are less obvious but equally important compliance concerns that arise when an on-site clinic is implemented.

9. Seattle paid leave rule could have nationwide implications 9. Seattle paid leave rule could have nationwide implications

Employers with more than four full-time equivalent employees who have workers in Seattle needed to comply with the city’s new Paid Sick and Safe Time ordinance. The new rules apply not only to Seattle-based workers, but also employees who perform even occasional work there.

8. Blues plan gets nailed for HIPAA security breach. No one is outraged because…? 8. Blues plan gets nailed for HIPAA security breach. No one is outraged because…?

This story never made national news, but it was a big deal for HR/benefits professionals. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee agreed to pay the agency $1.5 million to settle a potential HIPAA violation — the first resulting from a breach under the HITECH Act’s breach notification rule.

7. Small firms fear possible stop-loss limit on self-insurance 7. Small firms fear possible stop-loss limit on self-insurance

Before the Supreme Court decided on PPACA, The Obama administration investigated the possibility of imposing limits on stop-loss coverage that could severely undermine the ability of small and midsize businesses to offer self-insured plans.

6. Study: sitting less lengthens life 6. Study: sitting less lengthens life

Busy HR practitioners and wellness program directors took note of new research finding most Americans could live two years longer on average if they’d spend less than three hours a day sitting.

5. Is allowing employees to pump breast milk an undue hardship for an employer? 5. Is allowing employees to pump breast milk an undue hardship for an employer?

A February court ruling on a woman fired from her job over a request to pump breast milk spurred debate over what constitutes an undue hardship under PPACA, now that break time and private quarters for nursing is required by law.

4. Prepare for insurance rebate checks under PPACA 4. Prepare for insurance rebate checks under PPACA

EBN’s legal contributor details the biggest determiners of whether or not an employer should share a rebate check with employees in light of the health care reform law.

3. Why paying employees to be healthy doesn't work 3. Why paying employees to be healthy doesn't work

You’d think paying people cash incentives to lose weight, quit smoking, lower their blood pressure or engage in other healthy behaviors should “work.” But it doesn't. Or at least, not in the long run.

2. Reading the fine print on the Supreme Court health care ruling 2. Reading the fine print on the Supreme Court health care ruling

The most significant event in 2012 for the benefits industry was arguably the Supreme Court decision to uphold the bulk of President Obama’s health care reform law. Legal experts outlined impending health care reform requirements for plan sponsors on the heels of the landmark court decision.

1. Study uncovers widespread employee disengagement 1. Study uncovers widespread employee disengagement

Towers Watson revealed in a workforce study that and struggling to cope when sufficient support is not provided in a struggling economy.


EBN's top stories in 2012

2012 has been a dramatic year for benefits and HR professionals—most notably the Supreme Court ruling on PPACA and a highly contentious election cycle. EBN reviews the 10 most popular news stories of the year in a special slide show. Which story means the most to your business and benefit strategy as we approach 2013? Share your thoughts on our Linkedin discussion. [Images: Shutterstock]

10. Legal considerations when implementing on-site clinics

The issues in implementing an on-site clinic may seem obvious: Finding a service provider; installing an appropriate facility; and addressing employee access during work hours. However, there are less obvious but equally important compliance concerns that arise when an on-site clinic is implemented.





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