New Initiative Launched
The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs ("OFCCP") has announced a new initiative to scrutinize employers' use of criminal histories during pre-employment background checks for possible systemic discrimination.
Individual Shared Responsibility Requirement
Although the employer shared responsibility requirements have been delayed to 2015, the individual responsibility requirement (also known as the individual mandate) is still scheduled to take effect in 2014.
July 31 Deadline Approaching
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA") added Sections 4375-4377 to the Internal Revenue Code ("Code") to require certain issuers of health insurance policies and employers sponsoring self-funded health plans to pay a fee to fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute that was established under PPACA ("PCORI Fee").