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The American Alliance for Equal Rights spearheaded the lawsuit in which the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately abolished the use of affirmative action in higher education. Now, the conservative activist group headed by Edward Blum has set its sights on prohibiting equity policies and funding to minority-owned businesses, with the larger goal of eliminating workplace diversity

A federal district court has awarded injunctive relief, including claims processing, after finding that an insurer acting as a third-party administrator (TPA) for a self-insured plan violated Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The court ruled that the TPA committed illegal discrimination under the ACA by excluding coverage for gender-affirming care. The case

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule that clarifies certain aspects of healthcare conscience laws, which sometimes allows healthcare providers to refuse medical treatment based on religious grounds.
However, the rule also provides some safeguards against discrimination for patients seeking treatment for conditions related to reproductive care, HIV prevention,

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently heard arguments over the fairness of an arbitration provision in the No Surprises Act. Some medical providers, including the Texas Medical Association, challenged the provision in court, alleging that the arbitration provision unfairly favored insurers and inhibited arbitrators’ discretion to resolve certain disputes under the

On October 26, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a final rule about the standard for determining joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Under the final rule, an entity qualifies as a joint employer if each entity has an employee-employer relationship with the employees and they share or jointly determine

Columbus Regional Healthcare System, Inc., a Georgia company, and a class of some 6,800 retirement plan participants, recently advised a federal district court that they have reached a $2 million settlement in their pending Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) case. The parties’ joint filing detailed the settlement terms, which would end the plan participants’

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a final rule changing the criteria for classifying independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule, which is largely the same as the proposed rule, takes effect on March 11, 2024.
The DOL Final Rule
The final rule has significant implications for gig