Employers may not be aware of the Nursing Mother Amendment, signed into law on March 23 as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. The Amendment modifies the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and requires covered employers to provide break time to nursing mothers for at least the first year of their babies’ lives. The Amendment is effective immediately. Employers may wish to develop new employee lactation policies or modify any existing ones to reflect the new … [Read more...] about New Requirement for Nursing Mothers’ Break Time
With easy access to social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace, employees have more opportunities than ever to share comments and opinions about their workplaces or your company’s products or services. This can be a blessing or a curse. The informal nature of these Websites encourages a free-flow of comments, many of which may come during a particular moment of frustration, anger, or just carelessness by an employee. Many companies have learned the hard way that one slip-up by an … [Read more...] about Should Your Company Develop a Social Media Policy?
The Red Flags Rule, designed to prevent and detect identity theft, takes effect August 1. Health care providers should carefully review the Ruleâ€™s definitions, because you may be surprised at how many health professionals are considered â€œcreditorsâ€ who must develop Identity Theft Prevention Programs. The Red Flags Rule, 16 CFR Â§ 681, applies to â€œfinancial institutionsâ€ and â€œcreditors.â€ However, if your patients are not paying for services at the time that they are received, then … [Read more...] about Can You Spot the Red Flags of Medical Identity Theft? FTC Rule Enforcement Now Begins November 1, 2009