What is a hostile work environment?
How to Form an Effective CSIRT
Polsinelli Podcast - What Your Company Needs to Know About Whistleblower Claims
What's Next in Employee Wellness: Impact of the Affordable Care Act and New EEOC Initiatives
How Might Your Company be Affected by West Virginia's Employment Law Changes?
To Be or Not To Be (an Employer)
Polsinelli Podcast - The Climate for I9 Audits in 2015
Correcting Problems With Your Retirement Plan
Jeffrey Koonankeil on How the EPL Landscape is Changing
John Lewis of BakerHostetler Discusses Use of Social Media in Gawker Class Action
Pregnancy In the Workplace...Hot Off the Press
California Becomes Second State To Mandate Paid Sick Leave (AB 1522)
Insights and Strategies on Class Action Litigation from General Counsel and Chief Legal Officers
Understanding the Different Mandates Between Legal and Compliance February 3 2015
Cullen & Dykman Sees Colleges Calling for Title IX Help v
Uncovering the “Why” in FCPA Compliance Issues
Compliance Training for Employees: Trends in GRC
AB1825 Training and Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Training
Corcoran: Infighting on Compensation Costs BigLaw Time and Money
Polsinelli Podcasts - Safely Navigating the ADA, FMLA & Worker's Compensation Laws
What are the labor implications of Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell? -
On June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”) in a 6-3 decision written by Chief...more
The Supreme Court handed the Obama administration a key victory this morning, upholding the tax credits that allow many low-income Americans to purchase health care insurance in states where the federal government is running...more
Last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in LeGras v. AETNA Life Insurance Company, No. 12-56541 (May 28, 2015), holding that the 180-day period to appeal a denial of a long-term disability claim was...more
You know that under ERISA regulations a claimant has at least 180 days to appeal a benefit denial. ERISA plans set out contractual timelines for appeals.
But what happens when that 180 day period runs out on a weekend?...more
The very recent decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court (handed down on 1 May 2015) in Director, Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate v CFMEU  FCAFC 59 has changed the law in relation to the Court’s approach...more
States have long been the testing ground for new models of health care and coverage. Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act, which takes effect in less than two years, throws open the door to innovation by...more
The Ninth Circuit held that a plan administrator’s failure to render a decision on a long-term disability benefits claim within the period mandated by the plan and ERISA did not alter the standard of review that the court...more
Major Freedom of Information Act ("FOIA") Amendments -
Public Act 563 of 2014 ("Act 563") amends the FOIA to impose a number of new regulations on public bodies. All municipalities will need to review their FOIA...more
The Department of Labor recently issued final regulations implementing the annual funding notice that defined benefit plans are required to provide under Section 101(f) of ERISA. The final regulations are similar to the...more
The Issue: During a recent Department of Labor (“DOL”) investigation for a local California employer, we experienced an increased focus by the DOL on plan expenses. While this isn’t necessarily surprising given the increased...more
Both decisions addressed whether tax credits are available for residents in states that have federally-facilitated health exchanges. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals said “no”; the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals...more
For employers with employees in the 36 states with a federally facilitated exchange, the question arises how the Halbig decision impacts their decision and strategy to provide health coverage to their employees when the...more
Ever since the United States Supreme Court addressed the question of whether a wholesale adoption of the "arbitrary and capricious" standard of review would be appropriate for judicial review of denial of benefit...more
It is a deceptively simple statement: Governmental employee benefit plans are exempt from ERISA. 29 U.S.C. § 1003(b)(1). But what about an employee benefit plan of an entity affiliated with a governmental entity, but whose...more
Ruling in a 4-2 decision, the Australian High Court denied a government employee worker’s compensation claim for an injury the employee sustained while having sex in a motel room during a business trip.
Attorney Alden Bianchi, Practice Group Leader of Mintz Levin's Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice, discusses why the Affordable Care Act makes health care benefits something that should be top-of-mind to...more
Attorney Alden Bianchi, Practice Group Leader of Mintz Levin's Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice, discusses how health plans will be purchased under PPACA....more
An Insurance Commissioner’s non-binding opinion banning discretionary language in an ERISA governed plan has no effect.
Here’s the case of Frazier v. Life Insurance Company of North America, __ F.3d __ (6th Cir. August...more
The Arizona Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion overturning the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board’s denial of unemployment benefits to an employee who was terminated for excessive tardiness. ...more
That subrogation claim you have might be governed by ERISA, at least in some circuits…
Here’s the case of Thurber v. Aetna Life Insurance Company, __F.3d__ (2nd Cir. March 13, 2013) (Insurer’s counterclaim for return...more
How does an ERISA claimant start an administrative appeal?
Can a mere request for medical records, and a reference to an “appeal in the future tense,” trigger the appeal? No....more
In This Issue:
- New Health Care Mandates
- I-9's for Immigration in 2013
- A Policies and Procedures Review
- Classifying Employees as Exempt or Non-Exempt?
- Awareness of National Labor Relations Board...more
In this issue:
- Assess the Workforce
- Choose Whether to "Pay" or to "Play"
- Evaluate Existing Wellness Programs and/or Implement New Wellness Programs to Enhance Employees' Health Profiles and to Avoid or Minimize...more
Many important aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA") will go into effect in 2014, including the implementation of health insurance exchanges, and the requirement for certain employers to offer...more
New regulations have been issued under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“PPACA”) implementing annual fees and reporting requirements on self-insured health plans and indirectly on fully insured plans. The...more
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