March 2, 2013
Employment Law and Compliance Plan
A medical office needs to be compliant with employment laws; this will ensure they do not have lawsuits that could patiently put a company out of business. This also helps the offices run smoothly and free from errors. There are several employment laws a few of them are the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The American with Disabilities (ADA) is when an employer is to provide reasonable accommodation to an employee with a known mental or physical limitation, or a qualified individual with a disability. (Flight, 2004) There are many regulations an employer needs to follow to make sure they do not get a lawsuit. ("Provide ‘Reasonable Accommodation' Under ADA," 2008) The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) was passed1974. This law protects and regulates employees the pension plans. (Flight, 2004) This act was put into effect because employees were going out of business or letting employees go before they were going to retire. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), of 1996, is an amendment of the ERISA. The HIPAA prohibits group health plans and group health insurance issuers from discriminating participants or beneficiaries due to a health factor. Job descriptions, procedure manuals, and office handbooks aid in ensuring compliance with employment law, one way is the ADA. If an employee becomes disabled an employer can show an employee all the job descriptions to see if there is a job they would be able to do. It also helps in case of a potential lawsuit, because it shows what is required from each job so an employer would have proof if there were not a suitable job for an employee that has become disabled. (Flight, 2004) The procedure and office handbook is good because...