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Chasing Payments: District Court Holds that Providers Lack Standing to Sue ERISA Plans for Benefits if the Patients Remain Liable...

A district court in Tennessee recently rejected ERISA claims by healthcare providers against a plan insurer, holding that the providers lacked standing to sue under ERISA as their patients’ assignees. Brown v. Blue Cross...more

Is An Offer Of At-Will Employment Adequate Consideration For A Non-Compete? Recent Court Rulings Split Three Ways

Three very recent decisions reflect the irreconcilable division of judicial authority regarding the adequacy of at-will employment as the sole consideration for an otherwise valid non-compete. Compare (a) Standard Register...more

Supreme Court to Decide Constitutionality of Public Section Union “Fair Share Fees”

On June 30th, the United State Supreme Court granted certiorari in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, and will consider whether public sector agency shop arrangements, also known as “fair share” contractual...more

Unwaivable Statutes May Doom Forum Selection Provision

Nearly four years ago, I wrote this post asking whether California’s anti-waiver statute voids choice of forum agreements.  The statute in question was California Corporations Code Section 25701 which provides "Any condition,...more

ERISA Case Highlights Importance of Written Releases at Termination of Employment: Sullivan v. Stanadyne Corporation

A federal court has dismissed claims for enhanced retirement benefits in a case highlighting a participant’s written release of claims at the time of his employment termination. Sullivan v. Stanadyne Corporation, Case No....more

Alabama Rewrites Its Noncompete Statute

The Alabama legislature recently passed a comprehensive revision of the state’s noncompete statute, and Governor Bentley has signed the act into law. The new statute will become effective January 1, 2016. The new statute does...more

French Employment Law Reforms: Good and Bad News for Employers | Le droit du travail français à la une – bilan mitigé pour les...

Employment law has been in the news headlines for several months as various reforms on working time, employee representation and fixed-term contracts will soon have a significant impact on employers. In a nutshell, two...more

Supreme Court's Labor And Employment Decisions - 2014-2015 Term

The United States Supreme Court's most recent term has been marked by a series of significant rulings that serve to alter the landscape of labor and employment law in significant ways. Over the past few months, the Court has...more

Fixed term contracts in Poland—material changes in law coming soon

A major change in Polish labor law is imminent. In essence, Parliament is seeking to eliminate some differences in protection enjoyed by employees on indefinite term contracts and those working on fixed term contracts....more

There's A Difference Between "Confidential And Proprietary Information" And A Trade Secret

I can't remember the last time that the Business Court granted a motion opposing the designation of a case as a mandatory complex business case. And since the Business Court Modernization Act went into effect in October...more

What does "will be insured" actually mean?

Balancing obligations to provide health and life insurance benefits to retirees with other legitimate business needs can be tricky. Although retirees depend on the benefits, employers may need to modify benefit plans for...more

A Reminder to Employers That FLSA Claims Cannot Be Waived in Most Circumstances

When an employer signs a general release of claims with a former employee, it expects that the agreement and the consideration provided will prevent future legal claims. However, certain actions, such as Workers’ Compensation...more

New York Rejects Florida Non-Competition Law As Against Public Policy

In a blow to New York employers who wish to enforce restrictive covenants under other state law, the New York Court of Appeals recently held that the Florida choice of law provision in an employment agreement was...more

Ninth Circuit Holds No Status Quo Obligation During First Contract Negotiations Under Railway Labor Act

On June 8, 2015, in International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Airlines Division v. Allegiant Air, LLC, No. 14-16465 (June 8, 2015), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that under the Railway Labor Act (RLA), employers are...more

Sixth Circuit Holds No Disgorgement of Profits Based on Wrongfully Denied ERISA Disability Benefits

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting en banc, recently decided a closely-watched case regarding the scope of "other appropriate equitable relief" under ERISA Section 502(a)(3). In Rochow v. LINA, the court held that...more

High Court confirms use of contracts to limit pensionable pay

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra clarinettist John Bradbury was an employee of the BBC and a member of the final salary New Benefits Section of the BBC Pension Scheme (the Scheme). In 2010, faced with a £2 billion funding...more

California Court of Appeal Refuses to Enforce Forum Selection Clause Because Employer Would Not Stipulate to Apply California Law...

In Verdugo v. Alliantgroup, L.P., the California Court of Appeal held that a forum selection clause in an employment agreement was unenforceable because the employer could not prove that the employee’s rights under the...more

Virginia Federal Court Sustains Late Notice Disclaimer

In its recent decision in E Dillon & Co. v. Travelers Cas. & Sur. Co. of America, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76295 (W.D. Va. June 12, 2015), the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, applying Virginia...more

Tenth Circuit Affirms Lift Of Arbitration Stay For Failure To Pay Requisite Fees

In late May, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court decision to lift an arbitration stay for Plaintiff Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc. (“Pre-Paid”) as Defendant Todd Cahill (“Cahill”) failed to pay his...more

Using Your IRA to Buy a Business: Still a Risky Strategy

I blogged in the past about decisions in which taxpayers have used assets in their IRA to finance a new business. This structure is sometimes known as a ROBS or rollover for business startups. In 2013, the tax court held that...more

Ninth Circuit Overturns Injunction Against Air Carrier’s Unilateral Work Rule Changes During Bargaining for First Contract

The Railway Labor Act (RLA) did not require Allegiant Air to maintain the status quo with respect to work rules negotiated with an uncertified employee advocacy group during bargaining for a first contract with the Teamsters,...more

Even More Reason for Manufacturers to Update Their Employment Agreements

In an increasingly competitive landscape, a manufacturer’s significant employees may hold the “keys to the kingdom.” Loss of such a worker to a competitor could have a substantial impact on future business growth. Many...more

Non-Compete That Grants An Employer The Right To Seek Injunctive Relief No Guarantee That Injunction Will Issue

A trial court declined to enter a preliminary injunction in a non-compete covenant case despite a provision in the covenant giving the employer the “right to seek injunctive relief in addition to any other remedy available to...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court gets a little help from its friends

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court clarified an important liability insurance issue the other day. Mut. Benefit Ins. Co. v. Politsopoulos, 2015 Pa. LEXIS 1126 (Pa. May 26, 2015) (exclusion for liability for injury to “[a]n...more

ERISA 11th Circuit: Claimant Has “Duty to Investigate” When Asserting Equitable Tolling of a Contractual Limitations Provision

You already know that contractual limitations provisions in ERISA plans are generally enforceable and can bar untimely claims. But when does the court apply “equitable tolling” to extend the time by which a claimant may...more

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