California’s SHOP Opens, A Contrast to Feds
Just a few days after the federal government delayed online enrollment in federally run Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) marketplaces, California announced better news for small businesses that want to buy health insurance. Businesses with up to 50 employees can begin signing up online for coverage through the state’s new SHOP marketplace, officials announced on Dec. 2.
Health Care Reform May Decrease COBRA Costs in California
The long-term impact of health care reform remains hazy, but some California businesses may get health care cost relief from an unlikely source: a drop in COBRA enrollees.
Appellate Court Clarifies Scope of Trade Secrets Preemption
A California appeals court ruled that claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, unfair competition, interference with business relations and conversion are not pre-empted by the state Uniform Trade Secrets Act.
Employer’s Arbitration Policy Unconscionable, Unenforceable Under State Law
A grocery store’s arbitration policy was so one-sided that it ‘shocked the conscience’ under California law and was unenforceable.
Faulty Securities Filings Can Lead to Benefits Liability
A company’s erroneous securities filings can make it liable to employees who invested in company stock as part of their retirement plan.