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OSHA Inches Closer to a Proposed Rule on Heat-Related Injuries and Illnesses

OSHA Inches Closer to a Proposed Rule on Heat-Related Injuries and Illnesses

On May 3, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) held a public meeting to discuss its ongoing activities regarding heat-related hazards, including its Heat Illness Prevention Campaign, compliance assistance activities and enforcement efforts. What do employers need to know about this latest move by OSHA?  Why Was This Meeting Held? On Oct. 27, 2021, OSHA

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State Laws Limiting Noncompetes Vary Significantly

State Laws Limiting Noncompetes Vary Significantly

​Because there is no federal law prohibiting or limiting an employer’s use of noncompetition agreements and other restrictive covenants in employment contracts, states have “grown impatient” and are starting to pass their own laws, said Kelly Dobbs Bunting, an attorney with Greenberg Traurig in Philadelphia. “There are legitimate reasons for employers to maintain restrictive covenants,

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IRS Clarifies Relief for FSA Carry-Overs

Employers can now offer employees participating in health flexible spending accounts (FSAs) and dependent care FSAs greater flexibility for rolling over unused funds through 2022, under new IRS guidance. IRS Notice 2021-15, issued Feb. 18, addresses how to apply the FSA relief provisions in the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Relief Act, which was incorporated into the

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OSHA Issues Worker Safety Guidance for Coronavirus Protection Programs

​The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued worker safety guidance for coronavirus protection programs on Jan. 29, requiring greater input from employees and enhanced mask protections. “Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace” provides updated guidance and recommendations and outlines existing safety and health standards. The guidance

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Supreme Court Ruling on Drug Pricing Complicates Multistate Employer Plans

On Dec. 10, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling that allows individual states to enact laws regulating pharmacy benefit managers’ (PBMs’) ability to set prices for prescription drugs paid for by employee health plans. The court found that these laws, with certain limits, do not violate the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

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OSHA Fines for COVID-19 Safety Violations Reach Nearly $2.5 Million

​Employers have a duty to keep workplaces free from known hazards—including coronavirus-related dangers—under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. OSHA announced on Nov. 6 that the agency has cited 179 worksites for coronavirus-related violations and proposed a total of $2,496,768 in penalties since the pandemic began, through Oct. 29. Although the agency hasn’t implemented

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