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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Program

October 15, 2019

FMCSA Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse Program FMCSA has established an online resource for the commercial motor vehicle industry for next year’s CDL Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse implementation program.   The agency recently announced a website, https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov, with information and answers to frequently asked questions.   Congress passed a mandate to establish the clearinghouse, and the final …

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Human Resources Bulletin – October 2019

October 15, 2019

Final Wage & Hour Rules The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule increasing the salary threshold for employees to qualify for the “white-collar” exemptions from overtime pay.  This new rule is expected to make 1.3 million more workers eligible to collect pay of one and one-half time their regular rate of pay …

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Medical Loss Ratio (MLR)

September 27, 2019

– October 2019 –   The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires health insurance issuers to spend a minimum percentage of premium dollars on medical care and health care quality improvement, which is intended to lower the cost of care. This percentage is known as “medical loss ratio” (MLR). In the large group insurance market, the …

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Finding Your Safety “Why”?

July 26, 2019

  Finding Your Safety “Why”?   07/26/19 – Have you ever wondered why certain companies are wildly successful when their competitors are mediocre or perhaps even fail? One of the most profound factors that will determine the success or failure of a company is its ability to understand and articulate their “WHY.” All companies know …

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San Antonio Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

July 19, 2019

  San Antonio Paid Sick Leave Ordinance   07/19/19 – The City of San Antonio “Paid Sick Leave Ordinance” (pdf) is set to go into effect on August 1, 2019. This ordinance covers all private employers with six or more employees who perform, minimum, 80 hours of work within the city limits.   For small employers …

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Benefits Brief June 2019: Departments Release Final Rules Expanding Availability of HRAs

June 26, 2019

  Acrisure June Benefits Brief: Departments Release Final Rules Expanding Availability of HRAs   6/26/19 – On June 13, 2019, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (the Departments) released final rules that significantly expand the availability and versatility of health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) for employers. This final rule is the …

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Subcontractors, OSHA, and You

June 4, 2019

Subcontractors, OSHA, and You   06/04/19 – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has determined that everyone is responsible for safety under the current OSHA Field Operations Manual (FOM), “On multi-employer worksites, more than one employer may be cited for a hazardous condition that violates an OSHA standard.” (Multi-Employer Citation Policy). That is why …

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Exiting a PEO: A Checklist of Considerations

May 16, 2019

Exiting a PEO: A Checklist of Considerations   05/16/19 – Many small to mid-size companies look for solutions to outsource certain aspects of their businesses due to a multitude of financial and staffing related concerns. To meet this outsourcing need, professional employer organizations (PEOs) provide their clients with an entire workforce or human resources management …

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Dealing with a Surprise Bill after an Emergency Room Visit

May 14, 2019

Dealing with a Surprise Bill after an Emergency Room Visit   05/14/19 – It has become common practice for emergency room physicians to be out-of-network. It has been estimated that one-half of all emergency room claims are out-of-network and one-in-three visits results in a “surprise bill.” [1] This situation has recently been brought to the forefront …

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Hospital Safety: An Enterprise Risk Management Translation

April 23, 2019

Hospital Safety: A Enterprise Risk Management Translation   April 23, 2019 – There are many people in the Healthcare world that would tell you, a hospital is the most regulated “industry” in the United States. Quite literally, they are overseen by just about every acronym agency in the US’s employ. As you can image, the …

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