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Beltway Buzz - October, 2017 #3

Deal or No Deal? Bipartisan ACA Agreement Faces Challenges. A bipartisan agreement forged by senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) that would temporarily restore funding for cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) is...more

California Enacts New Law Expanding Parental Leave to Small Employers

by Bryan Cave on

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that extends twelve weeks of unpaid parental leave to California employees who work for small businesses. The New Parent Leave Act applies...more

Find those “missing” plan participants

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Missing plan participants are usually only an issue when a retirement plan decides to terminate and wants to avoid dragging out the process and having to file another Form 5500....more

Global In-House Centers in India, v2.0

GICs in India are evolving from cost-saving platforms into Innovation Centers for emerging digital technologies that can provide a competitive advantage. Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in GICs in India...more

Construction Companies Can Be Liable for “Secondary Exposure” of Asbestos to Household Members

The history of asbestos regulation in the United States is complicated. Prior to the 1970s, asbestos-containing materials used in construction was widespread....more

Health Reform Rollercoaster

by Winstead PC on

When POTUS signed the most recent executive order related to health care reform, it was only a small incremental step to direct the agencies to loosen some rules on health reform that will eventually impact the coverage...more

Alabama Employers Take Note – Birmingham Joins Ranks of Cities with an Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

Last month, the Birmingham City Council passed an ordinance criminalizing discrimination in education, housing, employment, and public accommodations. The ordinance not only prohibits discrimination based on the federally...more

Deeper Dive into Statistics Confirm Rise in Sex Harassment Cases...With Some Caveats

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

So a few weeks back, I suggested that we were entering into a new era of sexual harassment cases and wondered out loud when the statistics would back up my observations. We now have our first signs. Maybe....more

California Implements Significant Changes in the Employment Application Process, Employee Training, and Protected Leaves

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On October 12, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed several bills regulating a wide range of employer actions, everything from the labeling of cleaning fluids to the employment application process. While compliance...more

IRS Publishes Pension Plan Limitations for 2018

by Littler on

On October 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for the 2018 tax year. The list below details...more

High Alert for California Employers and Employers Nationwide for the Second Wave of FCRA Class Actions

by Littler on

The flurry of Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”) class actions against employers started in or about 2012 and was not limited to California. Many of those lawsuits resulted in significant payouts for violations of one or more...more

IRS Announces Employee Benefit Plan Limits for 2018

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced the cost-of-living adjustments to the applicable dollar limits for various employer-sponsored retirement and welfare plans for 2018. Although some of the dollar limits...more

Alberta Court of Appeal Weighs In on Random Drug and Alcohol Testing

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Employers in Alberta are likely to have greater latitude in terms of the evidence they can rely upon to justify a policy of random drug or alcohol testing in the workplace, following the decision of the Alberta Court of...more

The Higher They Are, The Harder You Fall

by Littler on

You don’t need to be a cable news network, a Hollywood production company, a media mogul or a politician in order to feel the ripple effect from the recent wave of workplace sexual harassment claims. While such harassment...more

Departments of Justice and State Announce Joint Effort Targeting Visa-Abusing Employers

The federal government’s intent to increase restrictions on legal and illegal immigration is no secret to any U.S. business. The Trump administration’s various proposals have included ones intended to deal with perceived...more

The Latest on President Trump's Executive Order

by Miller Canfield on

President Donald Trump issued his Presidential proclamation, “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats" on Sept. 24, 2017....more

Benefit and Contribution Limits for 2018

by Williams Mullen on

The Commissioner of Internal Revenue announced the 2018 dollar limitations for benefits and contributions that apply to retirement plans. Some limits have increased while others remained the same....more

Deeper Dive into Statistics Confirm Rise in Sex Harassment Cases...With Some Caveats

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

So a few weeks back, I suggested that we were entering into a new era of sexual harassment cases and wondered out loud when the statistics would back up my observations. We now have our first signs. Maybe....more

Executive Order on Association Health Plans Could Benefit Employers

by Barley Snyder on

Stymied by the lack of congressional progress toward repealing, replacing or reforming the Affordable Care Act (ACA), President Trump has in recent days issued a number of directives affecting various aspects of the law....more

New Law Governs Immigrant Worksite Enforcement Actions in California

by Littler on

On October 5, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 450 (“AB 450”), imposing new requirements for public and private employers regarding immigration worksite enforcement actions by Immigration...more

General Contractors Now Liable In Private Construction For Wage And Fringe Benefit Liabilities Of Subcontractors

by Weintraub Tobin on

On October 14, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1701. This law imposes liability on general contractors for wage and fringe benefit liabilities of its subcontractors. This law applies to all contracts entered...more

Washington's New Biometric Privacy Statute and How It Compares to Illinois and Texas Law

by Alston & Bird on

Washington recently became the third state to pass a statute regulating the commercial use of biometric identifiers. The growing trend of state biometric privacy legislation began in 2008, when Illinois enacted the Bio-metric...more

Pensions Newsletter – October 2017

Welcome to the 19th issue of the Blakes Pensions Newsletter. This newsletter provides a summary of recent jurisprudential developments that affect pensions and benefits and is not intended to be legal advice....more

Trump’s Third Travel Ban Suspended In Part

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland have issued orders blocking major portions of President Trump’s September 24, 2017 Presidential Proclamation....more

Harvey Weinstein Case Brings Sexual Harassment Back to the Spotlight

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Harvey Weinstein case has brought a spotlight to a problem that has plagued not only Hollywood but other professions as well. While Corporate America has largely cleaned up its act and instituted robust anti-harassment...more

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