TRENDS IN HEALTH COVERAGE FOR PART-TIME WORKERS

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Are concerns about the requirements of the new federal health insurance law causing more employers to shift to part-time workers? A new report by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) finds there is no definitive answer to that question yet—but notes that a shift to part-time employment was underway before the law was passed and that future trends are likely to depend more on factors such as the economy and unemployment rates.

As written, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) requires that employers with 50 or more full-time workers pay a penalty if they fail to provide health coverage to full-time workers in 2014, which has raised concern that employers may respond by cutting back on health coverage for part-time workers or by increasing the proportion of part-time workers employed. The Obama administration has subsequently indicated that it would delay enforcement of the terms of this “employer mandate.”

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WAGE AND HOUR LITIGATION: THE NEW WRONGFUL TERMINATION

In decades past “wrongful termination” litigation presented irresistible opportunities for disgruntled former employees and opportunistic plaintiff’s counsel.  Although some wrongful termination theories remain viable, overall California courts have progressively limited the grounds for and the relief available in such litigation.  What now are angry employees and their sharp attorneys to do?

One answer seems to be wage and hour litigation -- lawsuits brought for alleged violation of California’s many laws, regulations and work orders governing the details of time spent and conditions on the job.  Such cases range from class actions against huge retailers employing thousands of workers, to relatively routine actions against “main street” employers of just a few persons.  Like almost every private employer in California, insurance producers are subject to these strict wage and hour laws.

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