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What to Expect from Fewer but Bigger Vendors 
When large insurers go shopping for acquisitions, these multibillion-dollar deals invariably grab headlines. Such was the case when Aetna announced on July 3, 2015, that it would acquire Humana, followed closely by Anthem’s July 24 announcement of its intention to acquire Cigna.

 

HR ‘New Frontier’ for Data-Driven Business Strategies 
Top executives are relying more heavily on HR leaders for innovative, data-grounded business strategies, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey of U.S. CEOs.

 

States in Forefront of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity Bias Legislation
Due to Congress’s inactivity, the states have stepped in, enacting new laws or expanding rights under existing state nondiscrimination laws. 


Reducing Worker Hours to Avoid ACA Obligations Violates ERISA
One strategy for minimizing exposure to the employer shared responsibility penalties under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to minimize the number of “full-time employees”—that is, the number of employers working 30 or more hours per week on average. 

States Limiting Inquiries of Workers’ Criminal History
A growing number of states have recognized that an individual’s criminal history may have little, if any, relevance to his or her qualifications for a job or work performance. 

 

USCIS Issues Draft Template for L-1B Visa Evidence Queries
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a draft request for evidence (RFE) template for multinational employers seeking to transfer employees with specialized skills from their foreign operations to the United States using an L-1B intracompany transferee visa.

 

Using Workers’ Credit Information Increasingly Prohibited
Employers’ use of credit information in making hiring and other employment decisions is coming under increasing fire in many states, with employee advocates charging that credit checks often disproportionately disadvantage minority and low-income job seekers and employees.

 

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