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What recent legal changes to contraceptive coverage mean for employers

Before the recent legal changes, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) required employer-sponsored group health plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptive methods, aside from three exceptions. Changes to one of the exceptions (the religious accommodation process) will impact coverage for some employers. This article explains the scope of the changes and how affected employers should respond.

Why is your employee handbook so important?

What if you had a document that informed employees of your expectations, carefully and thoughtfully articulated your rules and benefits, and provided consistent insight into your operating procedures? One that employees would be expected to read and understand, and perhaps even provide you with legal protections and defenses? You can and should have this very document — it’s called an employee handbook.

4 common mistakes employers make with drug and alcohol testing

When was the last time you considered your drug and alcohol testing practices? Now would be a good time to dust them off and determine whether they are legally compliant and consistent with your business objectives. If you do not currently test, but are considering incorporating drug and alcohol testing into your hiring or management practices, be sure you understand the governing laws and consider common mistakes often made by employers.

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