Legal Corner – October 2015

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. FMLA case exposes risk of changes in layoff decisions A recent FMLA case addresses an employee who was not restored to her former position upon return from pregnancy leave and later on terminated. This ruling sheds some light on […]

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November HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of November. Prepare for the winter weather Review your inclement weather policy and make any necessary adjustments. Be sure employees are up-to-date on how it works and what to expect. Learn More >> Review to-do list for proposed overtime rule While the DOL continues to review the […]

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How equipped are your managers?

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. For most businesses, employees represent the greatest monthly business expense. Yet, few are confident this investment is being fully optimized. A company’s frontline supervisors and managers wield the greatest influence on the ROI of these people investments—influencing employee selection, motivation, productivity, work quality, reliability, commitment, and retention. Employee feedback, however, […]

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October HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of October. Distribute Medicare Part D Notices Employers who have health care plans that include prescription drug benefits for active employees who are Medicare-eligible must notify those individuals by October 15th.  Learn More >> Prepare employees for flu season Taking some basic steps and precautions […]

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Legal Corner – September 2015

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law.   Wage secrecy prohibitions require employer caution Many employers frown upon workers sharing information about their salaries with coworkers; however, there is an increasing trend toward wage secrecy prohibitions led by state laws throughout the […]

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Trupp HR Launches Management 1.0 Training Workshops

Portland, Oregon – September 25, 2015 – Trupp HR, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of its new training workshop series, Management 1.0, designed to equip managers and supervisors to effectively engage and inspire employees, attract and retain top talent, communicate and measure performance objectives, and comply with relevant employment laws. “With nearly half of employees […]

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2015 Startup PDX:Challenge

Trupp HR is excited to participate in the 2015 Startup PDX:Challenge! The Portland Development Commission’s (PDC) has launched the 2015 Startup PDX:Challenge. Startup PDX:Challenge is an annual competition designed to connect startups to Portland’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem and assist the businesses for one year through their early stage growth. It seeks diverse founding teams of […]

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Trupp HR Hires Breea Gale as New HR Business Partner

Portland, Oregon – August 31, 2015 – Trupp HR, Inc. is pleased to announce the recent hire of Breea Gale, who joins the Trupp HR team as an HR Business Partner. In this role, Breea will operate as a dedicated HR representative to clients of Trupp’s HR Outsourcing (HRO) services in addition to contributing to […]

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September HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of September. Review annual goals As we approach the final quarter, it is time to review where you stand with your revenue and operational goals that were set for 2015. If needed, create an action plan to help meet expectations by years end.  Learn More […]

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Legal Corner – August 2015

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law.   State laws that ban access to employees’ social media accounts Employers should be aware of the limits on their ability to monitor employees. In addition to regulation under federal law, there are several states […]

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Is your business prepared for minimum wage increases?

As increases to federal, state, and local minimum wages march on, considerable energy has been expended debating the social and economic pros and cons. While business leaders may feel as though they have little influence over minimum wage hikes, there remains an obligation of preparedness—where we ensure our businesses are positioned to successfully navigate these […]

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Trupp HR Launches Trupp Talent Recruiting Services

Portland, Oregon – July 30, 2015 – Trupp HR, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of Trupp Talent Recruiting Services as a dedicated extension of Trupp HR’s suite of HR services. Trupp Talent helps businesses succeed by staffing a workforce that not only delivers on required competencies and performance expectations, but also aligns with the employer’s work […]

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Legal Corner – July 2015

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed about critical employment legislation and case law. DOL announces overtime expansion proposal The long awaited proposal to update regulations on exempt executive, administrative, professional, and certain other employees has been released be the Department of Labor (DOL). This proposal covers minimum wage and overtime […]

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August HR To-Do List

Important employment and workplace considerations to accomplish for the month of August. Review interviewing process In light of the trending “ban-the-box” laws coming into effect throughout the country, this is a good time to ensure your interviewing process and documents are both legally sound and effective including training interviewers on how to frame questions legally. Learn More […]

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Oregon Passes Paid Sick Leave Law

On June 12, 2015, Oregon passed legislation that requires the majority of employers with 10 or more employees to give employees up to 40 hours a year of paid sick leave. The new sick leave law applies to full-time and part-time hourly, salaried, commissioned and piece rate employees, and home care employees who receive payment […]

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DOL Announces Overtime Expansion Proposal

The Department of Labor (DOL) has released its long awaited proposal to update regulations exempting executive, administrative, professional, and certain other employees from minimum wage and overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FSLA requires employees be paid time and a half for hours worked over 40 in a week, unless an […]

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July HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of July. Prepare for shifting health costs With medical costs expected to rise once again this year it is advised that employers have a game plan that addresses their bottom line in addition to equipping employees to make informed decisions. Learn More >> Schedule a […]

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Legal Corner – June 2015

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. NLRB orders employer to drop dress code policy A recent dress code case proves that the National Labor Relations Board is looking to help ensure that employees get the benefit of the doubt when dress code […]

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News Alert: Employers’ Health Benefit Costs Forecasted to Rise in 2016

According to Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ Health Research Institute (HRI), medical costs for employers in the U.S. are projected to increase by 6.5 percent in 2016. This is slightly lower from the 6.8 percent projection in 2015. Taking into account benefit design changes and tighter provider networks, industry experts believe this number could drop down closer to […]

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Trupp HR Awarded Fastest Growing Private 100 Companies in Oregon!

  Trupp HR is proud to be named among Portland Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Private 100 Companies in Oregon. We are truly blessed by this great honor and are especially thankful to our esteemed clients who have entrusted us to assist with their HR needs and business growth strategies. Our real pride comes with the success and growth of each […]

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Boost your recruiting ROI with employee referrals

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Looking for an easy way to ramp up the effectiveness of your company’s hiring activities? Whether managing recruiting in-house, relying on a recruiting agency, or leveraging a recruiting process outsourcing (RPO) firm, an employee referral program is a low-cost, highly impactful method for taking your company’s recruiting to the […]

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Legal Corner – May 2015

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Proposed white-collar exemption rule advances to OMB The proposed rule regarding exemption from overtime eligibility has been more than a year in the making. Recently, it has been sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and […]

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June HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of June. Plan ahead for summer vacation coverage With summer vacation approaching it’s inevitable that at some point there will be scheduling conflicts with more employees taking time off. But, there are some steps you can take to minimize these problems. Learn More >> […]

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May HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of May. Conduct an annual HR audit If you haven’t done so this year, conduct an HR audit to get a clear picture of your company’s HR compliance and effectiveness. An HR audit will identify areas of opportunity to contribute to the success of […]

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Legal Corner – April 2015

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. PPE & whistle-blower protections addressed by OSHA Two new guiding documents related to temporary workers have been released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These documents address the topics of personal protective equipment […]

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Do you play favorites?

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. When it comes to playing favorites, I believe managers tend to fall into one of three camps: (1) they work hard to treat their employees fairly; (2) they don’t really think about it much; or, (3) they don’t care what people think because they are “the boss.” Whether you […]

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Legal Corner – March 2015

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Discrimination risk when transferring employees Most employers have a duty to accommodate an employee with a disability. Be cautious when transferring that employee to a new position to ensure that it is not perceived as discrimination. Learn More >> […]

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April HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of April. Update your employee handbook The NLRB’s recent memo clarifying lawful and unlawful employee handbook policies provides a great opportunity to assess your handbook and make changes where necessary. Consider a third party review of your handbook by Trupp HR to ensure that it’s complete and that […]

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Bizwomen Mentoring Monday

Join us on March 30th for the Portland session of The Business Journal’s Mentoring Monday held at The Nines Hotel. This is a great opportunity to network with some of the most influential business women in the area and sit down for a one-on-one coaching session or even just a quick five minute conversation. Jean […]

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5 Strategies for Hiring in Today’s Labor Market

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. By the time most employers get around to making a job offer, one-third of offered candidates will have already accepted another job and a quarter of candidates will be disappointed with the salary and benefits offered1. To capture top talent in a candidate-driven labor market, employers need to considerably […]

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Legal Corner – February 2015

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law. 2016 DOL budget requests increased employment services 2016 budget request for the Department of Labor (DOL) includes funding to increase employment services for unemployed workers, more registered apprenticeships, helping those with criminal background find work, […]

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March HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of March. Review your wage and hour practices Claims against employers for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) have been on a constant increase. Make sure to review minimum wage and overtime laws to avoid liability. Learn More >> Submit application for […]

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Trupp HR Makes List of Top 50 Women-Owned Businesses

Portland, Oregon – January 29, 2015 – Trupp HR, Inc., a human resources solutions company, is pleased to be placed on the Portland Business Journal’s list of the Top 50 Women-Owned Businesses in the Portland metro area. Since founding the company over four years ago, Jean Roque, President of Trupp HR, has made every effort to build […]

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Game Winning Strategies for 2015

The perfect storm will be converging on employers this year—a shortage of skilled labor available for hire, an aging workforce who will be exiting their jobs, taking with them years of knowledge, and a high percentage of employees who will be leaving their employers for greener pastures.  To add further complexity, the current political environment […]

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Legal Corner – January 2015

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. February deadline set for new overtime expansion regulations The proposed rule to streamline FLSA regulations for “white collar” employees is now expected to be published by the DOL by the end of February. Learn […]

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Trupp HR Has a New Look

We’ve refreshed our website with a cleaner look, streamlined content, and a responsive design that plays well with mobile devices. Our simplified content now allows you to read as little or as much as you want. You can scan our bulleted lists for a brief overview, or toggle the “+” symbols for expanded information. Navigating to find answers to your HR and recruiting needs has […]

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February HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of February. Distribute total rewards statements Creating and distributing total reward statements shows employees that their efforts matter, provides insight into their total compensation, and showcases the benefits and strengths of your company’s compensation plan. Learn More >> Cover all your tax form bases […]

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Preparing for 2015 Expanded ACA Requirements

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. As employers prepare for the coming year, assessing ACA preparedness and compliance should be added to the list. 2015 will welcome in new employer shared responsibility and reporting requirements. Most employers are likely familiar with their responsibility for providing health benefits, but many may be caught off guard by […]

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Legal Corner – November 2014

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. IRS announces 2015 pension plan limitations The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced the cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for retirement related items for the tax year of 2015. Learn More >> Delayed enforcement […]

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December HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of December. Make updates on 2015 limits to 401(k) and pension plans On October 23, the IRS announced the adjustments that affect limitations for pension plans as well as other retirement items for 2015. Make sure to review the changes and make necessary updates. […]

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E-Cigarettes @ Work

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. To vape or not to vape? It may be time to determine which side of the e-cig fence your company lands. Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes or e-cigs, are battery-operated products designed to turn chemicals, including highly addictive nicotine, into an aerosol that is inhaled by the user. […]

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Marijuana and the Workplace

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. While marijuana continues to be federally regulated as a Schedule I controlled substance, today, nearly half of the U.S. has legalized marijuana for medicinal and/or personal use. If pending state laws were to pass, that number would reach 80%. The increasing number of state laws legalizing marijuana, combined with […]

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November HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of November. Prepare for the Winter Weather Update your inclement weather policy if needed and let employees know what to expect. Learn More >> Plan your holiday party Start your planning now to book a good venue and have a successful holiday party. Prepare […]

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Legal Corner – October 2014

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Domestic violence victims given leave rights A number of states now require private-sector employers to provide unpaid leave to victims of domestic violence. Is your state on the list? Learn More >> OSHA seeks […]

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Trupp HR Introduces Open Enrollment Outsourcing

Portland, Oregon – October 9, 2014 – Trupp HR, Inc., a human resources solutions company, has announced the release of their new Open Enrollment Outsourcing service designed to lift the administrative burden often associated with the Open Enrollment process. Organizations that choose Trupp HR’s Open Enrollment Outsourcing service enjoy a proven process that streamlines Open Enrollment and […]

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Open Enrollment: Avoiding Another Missed Opportunity.

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. Let’s face it. For most organizations, Open Enrollment can be a daunting project. And, the effort quickly becomes consumed with a plethora of time-constrained administrative activities. Proactively approaching Open Enrollment from a strategic perspective, however, can improve your experience by: 1. Define your Objectives Before making choices for the coming plan […]

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October HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of October. Open enrollment and benefits renewal Most employer’s open enrollment and benefits renewals occur in the fall. Schedule your open enrollment and explore the options available to your workforce. Open Enrollment Checklist >> Concerned about the resource strain that Open Enrollment brings each year? […]

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Legal Corner – September 2014

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Paid sick leave coordination Paid sick leave ordinances have become an increasing trend enacted in two states, Connecticut and recently California; as well as nine cities including Eugene and Portland, Oregon. Learn More >> […]

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Customer Highlight – Care Partners

Hospice & Palliative Care Partners has once again been selected by Oregon Business Magazine as one of the 100 Best Non-Profits to Work For in Oregon. Trupp HR congratulates Care Partners on this well-deserved achievement, which reflects the progressive steps that have been taken to improve their organization over the last few years. As Care Partner’s […]

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When is the Right Time to Use Leadership Coaching?

By Tom Faricy, SPHR, HR Business Partner, Trupp HR. In a business setting, the word coaching may conjure a number of images, possibly in conjunction with correcting poor performance or inappropriate business behaviors. In reality, its most effective application is for successful business leaders and managers who are driven to achieve a greater level of […]

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September HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of September EEO-1 Report due September 30, 2014 The Employer Information Report EEO-1, or EEO-1 Report, must be filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s EEO-1 Joint Reporting Committee by the end of September. Learn More >> Review your finances Find out where […]

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Legal Corner – August 2014

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. Jobs training bill signed into law This new law is designed to help unemployed workers get the skills they need to find jobs by simplifying a very complex system of federal workforce training programs. […]

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LinkedIn takes a $6 million hit for employee pay violations

A U.S. Department of Labor investigation found that 359 former and current employees spanning across multiple LinkedIn office locations had been underpaid due to violations of the overtime and record-keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This is a cautionary tale for employers of an easily preventable payroll oversight. Under the US FLSA, […]

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Is it Time to Give Your Employees a Raise?

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. “Employee turnover is expected to hit 21% in 2014—up four points from 2013.” It’s not easy to loosen the belt after pulling through a recession that may have cut deep into your organization, but as the market continues to recover, it may be wise to extend some of this […]

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Legal Corner – July 2014

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. DOL proposed rule redefining ‘spouse’ A proposed rule has been issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that would change the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) rule’s definition of “spouse”. Spouse would […]

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August HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of August. Assess your compliance with providing benefits notices Insurance companies and group health plans can provide a concise document detailing information about health plan benefits and coverage. A Summary of Benefit Coverages (SBC) lays out an easily understood review for employees and a […]

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Eugene, Oregon moving forward with sick leave ordinance

Following in the footsteps of its not-so-distant neighbor to the North (Portland, OR), Eugene is now close to the point of implementing a mandatory sick leave ordinance. A task force for this ordinance, including local business owners, industry representatives, Mayor Piercy, along with three Councilors; recently came together to produce a final report to be […]

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Is HR Outsourcing Right for Your Business?

By Jean Roque, President, Trupp HR. The Human Resources Outsourcing (HRO) industry continues to be one of the fastest developing outsourcing sectors, just behind IT outsourcing. So, why are more businesses choosing to follow this approach to addressing their HR needs? Companies that outsource their HR function gain the advantages of a larger, full-service HR […]

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Seattle Raises Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

The Seattle City Council has approved the implantation of a $15 minimum wage. Washington currently has the highest pay floor of any state at $9.32 an hour, so it is no surprise that the most significant legislation to raise wages has come from its biggest city. Minimum wage increases will be phased in gradually based […]

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July HR To-Do List

Important employment and work place considerations to accomplish for the month of July. Prepare for shifting health costs Sometimes high-deductible health insurance plans can’t be avoided, but there are certain steps employers can take to reduce the cost and keep up employee morale. Learn More>> Review wage and hour laws With federal wage and hour lawsuits […]

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Legal Corner – June 2014

Welcome to the Trupp HR Legal Corner designed to keep small business employers informed of critical employment legislation and case law. COBRA diminished by enactment of PPACA The usefulness of COBRA has diminished with the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). At this point there are still circumstances where it proves […]

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