Update: San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance Reporting Requirements
March 7, 2008 - 3:53 PM
San Francisco's Health Care Security Ordinance requires all covered employers (i.e., those with 20 or more employees) to submit an Annual Reporting Form of health care expenditures. Originally, the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement ("OLSE") insisted that employers provide this information for 2007, even though the spending requirement was not in effect, so that the City...
U.S. Supreme Court Sides with San Francisco on Healthcare Security Ordinance
February 21, 2008 - 3:51 PM
San Francisco employers were dealt another blow today with respect to the San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance (the "Ordinance"). Specifically, earlier today Justice Anthony Kennedy of the United States Supreme Court denied the Golden Gate Restaurant Association's petition, which -- as was reported in a CDF blog entry earlier this week -- asked the...
From the Golden Gate to the Supreme Court
February 19, 2008 - 3:05 PM
On Friday, February 8, 2008, the Golden Gate Restaurant Association ("GGRA") appealed to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy seeking, in essence, to stop enforcement of the portion of the San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance mandating employer spending requirements for employee healthcare. The employer spending requirement was deemed unenforceable by the U. S. District Court...
Emergency Stay Granted Regarding San Francisco’s Health Care Ordinance
January 10, 2008 - 12:00 AM
Yesterday the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an emergency stay permitting the City of San Francisco to implement the Employer Spending Requirement ("ESR") provision of its Health Care Ordinance while it appeals the recent lower court ruling that found the ESR is preempted by federal law (click here to view the court's order). Although...
Employers Are Taking Steps to Reduce Costs Associated with Employee Benefits
November 29, 2007 - 11:31 AM
No one disputes that the cost of providing employee benefits, particularly health care coverage, is costly for employers. Some companies are now getting creative in an attempt to stem the spiraling costs associated with these programs. As discussed in an article in BusinessWeek Online, many employers are conducting so-called "dependent eligibility audits," in which these...
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