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Employers Brace for Overtime Changes

The U.S. Department of Labor just delivered a juicy gift to compensation consultants: its final rule on overtime pay. At the heart of the new rule lies the definition of who is exempt, and who is not. Read more.

Moving Patient Payment Upfront

Hundreds of patients, many newly insured, were leaving Ascension Health's hospitals and other facilities drowning in debt from the deductibles not covered by their plans, said Rhonda Anderson, chief financial officer of the nation's largest not-for-profit health system. So Catholic-sponsored Ascension Health decided to eat the deductibles for any patient, including exchange patients, who earn below 250% of the federal poverty level at any of the 137 hospitals in 24 states it manages. Read more.

Most Employers Do Not Support PPACA Repeal

Even if the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) were repealed, most businesses would maintain certain provisions of the law in their health care plans, according to a new survey. In response to a poll of employers by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 78 percent signaled that they would continue offering certain benefits mandated by the sweeping health law even if it were scrapped. Read more.

U.S. Labor Department Offers Free, Three-Day Seminar on Prevailing Wage Requirements

The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division will host a free, three-day seminar on prevailing wage requirements in federal contracts and service agreements, June 14-16 in Albuquerque, NM. This is a comprehensive compliance seminar for federal contractors, unions and employees to provide information on the rules governing prevailing wage requirements under the DBRA, SCA, and Executive Orders 13495 and 13658. Read more.

Service Contract Act Training, June 29-30 in Arlington, Va.

The Service Contract Act is one of the most technically challenging aspects of competing for the award of, and successfully administering a federal service contract. This course is the nation's only SCA training conducted with the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division, and is designed to help companies navigate the SCA from several different angles. Read more.

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