Under a bill (S1387) introduced on February 11 in the state Senate, small employer health benefits plans covered by New Jersey’s “mini-COBRA” law would be required to increase benefits from 18 months to 36 months after certain qualifying events (e.g., termination without cause and reduction to less than 25 hours per week). The bill would provide uniformity as to the extent to which continuation coverage must be offered to all qualified beneficiaries, as spouses and dependent children of employees now are eligible to receive 36 months of continued benefits under the mini-COBRA law.
On January 13, 2015, a hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida discovered that an unidentified juvenile had been walking its halls dressed as a physician, wearing a lab coat with the hospital’s logo and a stethoscope. According to the Sun Sentinel, a patient reportedly told the hospital’s OB/GYN offices that…..
Alabama’s controversial immigration law (HB 56) will not take effect as planned on September 1, 2011. On August 29, 2011, a federal court in Alabama issued an order temporarily delaying the effective date of Alabama’s new immigration law for up to 30 days. The law has been challenged by the U.S. Department of Justice, the
Effective January 1, 2014, Portland’s sick leave ordinance goes into effect. The ordinance applies to any private sector employer (both within and outside of the state of Oregon) that employs individuals who work within the city of Portland.