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Tuesday, May 26, 2015
E-cigs may send no-smoking policies up in vapor Shared from JD Supra Wondering what your employee is smoking in the break room, likely in violation of your “no-smoking” policy? Chances are it is an electronic smoking device, such as an e-cigarette or vaporizer. What should you do about it? Anything? Many people are familiar with the increasingly popular e-cigarettes and vaporizers, forcing employers to now grapple with the question of whether to permit these devices in the workplace. The answer to this question is constantly changing based on new and revised laws and regulations. It can be difficult to stay aware of this ever-changing issue. Electronic smoking devices, particularly vaporizers, are skyrocketing in popularity. One example of this continued popularity is shown by Oxford Dictionary’s selection of the word “vape” as the 2014 word of the year. With around five million Americans currently “vaping” and a $2.5 billion industry with a 23% rise in sales in 2014, the electronic smoking industry is here to stay. There is no indication that growth will slow down any time soon, as sales are projected to surpass $3.5 billion this year with $1.5 billion attributed to e-cigarettes and the other $2 billion attributed to vaporizers, according to a Wells Fargo report. Additionally, the number of teens trying electronic smoking devices tripled in one year to account for more than 13% of the population. Click to continue reading
More evidence that health plans stint on mandated birth control coverage Shared from Kaiser Health News Women’s health advocates were thrilled when the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, because it required insurance companies to cover a broad array of women’s health services at no additional out-of-pocket cost beyond premiums.
Five years later, however, that requirement is not being enforced, according to two new studies. Health insurance plans around the country are failing to provide many of those legally-mandated services including birth control and cancer screenings.
The studies by the National Women’s Law Center looked at health plan coverage documents and consumer complaints in 15 states. One of the studies focused on contraception, while the other looked at a range of women’s health issues, including maternity care, breast-feeding support and other services. Click to continue reading
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Could tipping help solve income inequality? Shared from Washington Post Income inequality is pervasive, hard to solve and perhaps the most important challenge facing the United States today. President Obama has proposed several legislative approaches to reducing inequality, including higher taxes on the rich and expanding access to community colleges, but these are unlikely to translate into better take-home pay for the current working poor (or, in some cases, unlikely to become law). Several Democrats have proposed hikes to the current federal minimum wage, but, like Obama’s proposals, these efforts have been blocked in a Republican-dominated Congress.
We propose a different approach, which is to tip. Liberally. We’re not the first to suggest this: Colleen Shaddox argued here that big tippers may not be heroes, but small tippers are certainly jerks. Our reasoning is different: In a world where little is being done to reduce income inequality, handing over an extra $5 bill to the taxi driver, waitperson, clerk or hotel maid is the most direct way to narrow the gap between rich and poor. There are no perverse disincentives arising from government-funded income-transfer programs.
No administrative overhead from silly fundraising efforts. Each dollar you give goes directly to helping someone who is almost surely hovering in the bottom quarter of the income distribution. She’s likely to be a parent as well. And as one of us has shown in published research, empowering a breadwinner is one of the best ways to encourage stable family structure, with dividends for the next generation. Click to continue reading