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Retaliating Against Employees for Raising COVID-19 Concerns Can Cost You

3 minute read The Department of Labor has sued a Texas dental practice on behalf of a dental hygienist and a dental assistant who were not reinstated after raising concerns about what COVID-19 safety measures would be in place when the practice reopened in spring 2020. As more employers are bringing people back to the …

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Employers Mull Higher Health Plan Cost-Sharing for Unvaccinated Staff

2 minute read Some employers are implementing a new incentive for their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19: Charging them higher health insurance premiums if they don’t. A recent brief from consulting firm Mercer reported that employers are looking at surcharging the health insurance premiums for employees who refuse vaccination for reasons other than disability …

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Businesses and Insurers Are Fighting Over Coverage for COVID-Caused Shutdowns

3 minute read In courtrooms all over the country, battles are occurring between businesses who endured COVID-19-related shutdowns and insurance companies who believe they are not obligated to reimburse them for their losses. According to the Covid Insurance Litigation Tracker from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, more than 1,800 lawsuits have been filed …

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Government Launches Site to Help Businesses Recover from Ransomware Attacks

3 minute read As the ransomware threat continues to grow and more businesses, utilities and government agencies fall victim to these cyber criminals, the federal government has created a new hub to assist in recovery. The new website, www.StopRansomware.gov, is designed to make it easier for ransomware victims to access resources and recovery assistance, as …

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What You Need to Know About New Health Plan Transparency Rules

3 minute read Regulations are slated to take effect over the next few years that will greatly increase the transparency requirements for group health plans. The regulations issued under the Trump administration will require health insurers in the individual and group health markets to disclose cost-sharing information upon request, make cost-sharing information available on their …

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High Heat Increases Risk of Injuries for Inside and Outdoor Workers

3 minute read As many parts of the country are wrestling with ever-increasing temperatures during the summer months, a new study has found that the hotter the weather gets, the higher the risk of workplace accidents and injuries for both indoor and outside workers. The study by the University of California, Los Angeles, based on …

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Disaster Recovery Checklist for Business Owners and Executives

3 minute read If a natural disaster were to strike, would your company be ready? Has your management team hardened the business to continue operating in case of a disaster? With natural catastrophes growing in number and severity, businesses more than ever need to have in place plans for a quick recovery for the sake …

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