U of I fires hospital employee for parking in ER lot

From the Des Moines Register:

The University of Iowa last fall fired a hospital employee — as well as his wife who rode with him to work — for parking in the emergency room lot, according to unemployment documents filed with the state.

According to the judge’s ruling, UIHC in October had received a report that Danielle J. Hodges, a full-time medical assistant, and her husband, who was not named in the ruling, were parking in a emergency patient lot. The couple was fired Nov. 7 for misconduct for violating policy.

Treasury Department Exempts Volunteer Emergency Responders from Health Care Law

From JEMS:

Fire departments won’t have to provide coverage to volunteer firefighters under the federal health care law, the U.S. Department of Treasury said Friday, easing concerns that the overhaul would force departments to slash volunteer hours or benefits.

Volunteer firefighters and other emergency responders won’t be counted as full-time employees under the Affordable Care Act when the department releases its final regulations shortly, Mark Mazur, assistant secretary for Tax Policy, wrote in a blog post on the department’s website.