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Organized Labor Declines in Popularity According to Gallup

By Edwin S. Hopson

The Princeton, New Jersey-based Gallup Poll on September 3, 2009, released the results of its pre-Labor Day poll regarding the popularity of unions in America.  It’s bottom line finding is that “[w]hile 66% of Americans continue to believe unions are beneficial to their own members, a slight majority now say unions hurt the nation’s economy.”  The polling organization also found that “fewer than half of Americans — 48%, an all-time low — approve of labor unions, down from 59% a year ago.”

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Sweeping New Data Breach Notification Regulations Effective September 23

By Erin Brisbay McMahon

If your company is an employer with a self-insured health plan, sweeping new data breach notification regulations issued on August 24, 2009 will impact your company, as well as companies that need to use the health information of your employees to render services to the plan (e.g., third-party administrators).  The regulations, issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), go into effect September 23, 2009.

While employers aren’t subject to the data breach notification regulations, the self-insured health plans they sponsor are.  Because most employer-sponsored health plans don’t have employees, compliance responsibilities fall to the employer.

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