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The Ohio Military Family Leave Act Is in Effect as of July 2, 2010
Excerpt: "This Act applies to both public and private employers with 50 or more employees and allows eligible employees to take up to 10 days or 80 hours, whichever is less, of unpaid leave when a family member who is a member of the uniformed services is called to active duty or is injured, wounded or hospitalized while serving on active duty."
(Littler Mendelson P.C.)
New Internal and External Review Requirements for Claims and Appeals Procedures under Reform
Excerpt: "Effectively, these new requirements mean that group health plans must review appeals immediately upon receipt to allow for potential interim 'mini appeals' prior to the deadline for responding to the appeal. In addition, plans that currently allow for two levels of appeal might consider reducing that to one to maximize the time allowed for the above process to take place."
Guidance on Claims and Appeals Procedures for Group Health Plans Under Health Reform
Excerpt: "Under the regulations, group health plans must provide notices of an adverse benefit determination and of available internal claims and appeals procedures and external review processes in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner, including in a non-English language if 25 percent of all participants are literate in the same non-English language (for plans with 100 or more participants, if the lesser of 500 participants or 10 percent of all participants are literate in the same non-English language)."
(Davis Wright Tremaine LLP)
Health Care Reform Could Cost Health Insurers Far More Than Expected
Excerpt: "'As long as their investment incomes hold up, most large insurers should be able to handle the increased medical expenses expected under the new health care reform,' commented Martin D. Weiss, president of Weiss Ratings. 'If investment income declines significantly, however, few insurers will be able to comply without debilitating impacts to their bottom line, and ultimately, their financial stability as well.'"
Federal Agencies Offer Safe Harbor on External Review Processes under PPACA
Excerpt: "Federal agencies have announced the availability of EBSA Technical Release No. 2010-01, which provides an interim enforcement safe harbor for non-grandfathered self-insured group health plans not subject to a State external review process, and therefore subject to the Federal external review process."
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Potential Overhaul of Proxy System Has Executive Pay Implications
Excerpt: "An SEC concept release seeks input by Oct. 20 on potential proxy system reforms, some of which have implications for executive pay. The release covers three major topics: the accuracy, transparency and efficiency of the voting process; shareholder communications and participation; and the relationship between voting power and economic interest."
Principal 10 Best Stand Firm on Employee Benefit Commitment
Excerpt: "This is the ninth consecutive year the Principal has sponsored the program that honors growing companies (five - 1,000 employees) for their commitment to employees' financial security through outstanding employee benefit offerings."
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