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  1. Ride Share Wages
    Ride-share companies Lyft and Juno asked a judge to block a New York City rule setting a minimum wage for drivers. The rule, passed by New York’s Taxi and Limousine Commission in December, requires that drivers for market leader Uber Technologies, Lyft, Juno and Via earn at least $17.22 an hour. It’s part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s effort to cap the growth of app-based, ride-for-hire platforms and reduce traffic congestion.
  2. ADA Update
    By now, employers are familiar with their responsibilities to provide reasonable accommodations to workers. But what if a disabled worker has an unreasonable request? Needed short breaks Network support analyst Tony Kassa told his supervisor at Synovus Bank about his disabilities – depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, intermittent explosive anger disorder and more (from his 10-year stint in the Army) – and said he needed certain accommodations: short breaks, no working with customers and no talking on the phone.
  1. Healthcare Spending
    Nine-digit health claims are becoming the norm rather than the exception. In fact, the number of million-dollar-plus medical claims has risen 87% in the past four years, according to Sun Life Financial’s 2018 High-Cost Claims Report. The Sun Life report analyzed self-insured plans, but the trend affects plans of all stripes. The Big Three In order to combat this troubling healthcare trend, employers need to understand the conditions that are behind the sky-high claims. Although 10 conditions make up over $3 billion in claims reimbursements, these three conditions are the most costly for employers year in and year out: Malignant neoplasm (cancer) Leukemia, lymphoma, and/or multiple myeloma (cancers), and Chronic/end-stage renal disease (kidneys).
  2. OK to Fire FMLA
    OK to Fire FMLA
    Of course, you’d never fire someone for taking FMLA leave. But perhaps the termination had been in the works long before the person took FMLA leave. It’s still a sticky situation, but a court recently outlined when it’s safe to say goodbye to someone on FMLA leave. The danger is, obviously, FMLA interference and retaliation claims. You never want to make it look like the taking of FMLA leave was a motivating factor in the decision to terminate someone (not that it would be).