March Issue Highlights
- March note from the editor
- Profile: Bob Carragher, SHRM Senior State Affairs Advisor
- Highlights from MSSHRM Leadership Conference February 14 in Biloxi
- SHRM Employment Law & Legislative Conference March 23-25 in Washington, DC
- ARSHRM 2015 HR Conference & Expo April 8-10 in Hot Springs Program & Speaker Details
- 2015 ARKANSAS SHRM Conference & Expo Conferene-At-A-Glance
- Tennessee Personnel Management Association Annual Conference April 14-16 in Gatlinburg
- Littler’s Tanja L. Thompson Named Office Managing Shareholder of the Memphis Office
- To Don and to Doff? What are Union and Non-Union Employers’ Liability Under the Fair Labor Standards Act? by Courtney Leyes
- The Case for Hiring Emotionally Intelligent Peoply by Harvey Deutschendorf
- Workplace Violence – Employers Can Reduce Their Risks
- How to Decide Between Two Equally Qualified Candidates by Alissa Parr
- How Social Media is Changing the Landscape of Recruiting by Theresa J. Allen
- Personalized Strategies for Health Benefits Can Lower Costs and Improve Employee Wellness – Interview by Chip Taulbee
- Wrap Documents and Form 5500 Filings by Ben Robbins
- Efforts to Stop the NLRB’s Ambush Election Rules May Not Succeed – Is Your Company Ready? by Tanja L. Thompson
- Dealing With the H-1B Visa Cap by Greg Siskind
- LGBT Employees Continue to Gain Legal Protection by Jennifer Hagerman
- Four Hiring Mistakes That May Hinder Hiring Long-Time Employees by Heidi Parsont
Supreme Court to Hear Case on ACA Federal Subsidies March 4
(Washington, DC) The Supreme Court will hear the case that could end federal subsidies in 34 states that use HealthCare.gov. If the justices rule that the subsidies are illegal through the federal exchange, they would largely undo the PPACA, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which has helped insure millions of Americans.
The case is known as King v. Burwell. Currently 11.4 million people have signed up for health care through the government website and approximately 90 percent of those who have signed up obtained tax credits to help pay for the coverage through the federal exchanges because their states did not set up state exchanges.
The problem is that the Affordable Care Act did not allow for the federal exchange to cover the states, making it unconstitutional to cover people in the states where there are no state exchanges. If the court rules against the federal subsidies, states that decided not to set up an exchange will have to reverse course and establish one. But that takes time, cost millions of dollars and will be complicated, requiring the consent of Republican governors or legislatures who are politically opposed to the law.
Opponents point out four words in the Affordable Care Act – stating subsidies will be distributed through marketplaces “established by the state.” They argue that this wording prevents the government from subsidizing insurance purchased through the federally administered exchange. Those in favor of the law argue that Congress intended the subsidies to be available through both the federal and state exchanges, which they say is made clear in the overall bill.
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