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How 401(k) Plan Sponsors Can Improve Their Plan At Little Cost

There are many ways that a retirement plan sponsor can improve their 401(k) plan, but they usually balk when it comes to the time and the money needed to rectify it. With so many issues regarding their business especially the...more

Doing business in California or the UK? You may be required to be a watchdog for human trafficking

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “After drug dealing, trafficking of humans is tied with arms dealing as the second largest criminal industry in the world, and is the fastest growing.” As...more

Wage and Hour Compliance: 80% of Employers Likely Out of Compliance

The U.S. Department of Labor recently settled a lawsuit filed by the American Federation of Government Employees Local 12 for $7 million. The lawsuit, filed a decade ago, claimed that Labor Department employees had not been...more

SEC Settlements Put Severance Agreements Under Increased Scrutiny

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced settlements with two companies for using severance agreements that allegedly violated Rule 21F-17. [Order Instituting Cease-And-Desist Proceedings, In the Matter...more

New IRS Guidance on Deferred Compensation for Tax-Exempt and Governmental Employers

Tax-exempt and governmental employers do not pay Federal income tax and therefore, unlike for-profit entities, are not affected by the timing of tax deductions relating to the payment of compensation. Tax authorities are...more

Ethics and Incentive Compensation: A Ticking Time Bomb

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, it was reported that “some drug-industry watchers say Mylan’s incentives may have played a role in its steep price increases for the EpiPen.” The article addressed one-time awards for...more

New Federal Rules Will Affect Contractors Who Don’t Play by The Rules

Federal contractors have a powerful new incentive to play by the rules. Starting in October, businesses seeking federal contract work must disclose any labor law violations going back three years. Depending on the violation,...more

OSHA Makes it Harder to Settle Whistleblower Claims.

As you may or may not know, OSHA administers the whistleblower portions of about 22 federal statutes. Similar to the recent information from the SEC about problematic language in settlement agreements, OSHA, in its role as...more

Guest Post: Getting The Most Out of Employees At Non-Profit Organizations – A “Total Rewards” Strategy

As I continue to reflect this week on nine years of blogging, it’s hard to recall that I started this before the Great Recession hit. Since that time, all businesses have become more cost-conscious and creative in how they...more

Could the NLRB Make it Easier for Unions to Access Employers’ Financial Records?

Many practitioners at one time or another have been frustrated by the lack of clear and consistent guidance from the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) regarding union requests for employer financial...more

Retirement Plan “Hustlers” That Retirement Plan Sponsors Should Avoid

There are three important rules of life in the Nelson Algren novel, A Walk on The Wild Side: “Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom's. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than...more

Womenomics: Boosting global growth

The economic case for gender equality in the workplace couldn't be stronger: An overwhelming body of evidence shows that when there is a better gender balance in the boardroom and more women in the workforce, companies...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that SOX 304 Clawback Applies to Executives that are Not at Fault

The Ninth Circuit recently held that Section 304 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX 304) allows for a clawback of certain CEO and CFO compensation regardless of whether the clawback was triggered by the personal misconduct of...more

State Department Relaunches Company Visit Program to Assess ITAR Compliance

The Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) within the State Department has relaunched its “Company Visit Program.” Under the Company Visit Program, DDTC officials come to your office to review your company’s...more

New code and accompanying guidance: Money purchase benefits

On 28 July the updated version of the Regulator's code of practice on the governance and administration of occupational trust-based schemes providing money purchase benefits came into force. The code sets out the standards of...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2016

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Pilot Program for Streamlining Awards for Innovative Technology Projects - DOD is proposing to amend the DFARS to implement Section 873 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal...more

Introduction of the Empowering Employees through Stock Ownership (EESO) Act

On July 12, 2016, the Empowering Employees through Stock Ownership (EESO) Act (S. 3152) was introduced to the U.S. Senate by Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Dean Heller (R-NV). The Act is intended to make it easier for...more

How to Respond to National Security Letters That Ask for Personal Information

National Security Letters (“NSLs”) refer to a collection of statutes that authorize certain government agencies to obtain information and simultaneously impose a secrecy obligation upon the recipient of the letter. Four...more

Concerns For Who You Pick As Your 401(k)’s TPA

I was very lucky that when I started as an ERISA attorney in 1998, I worked as a staff attorney for a third party administrator (TPA). It gave me insight and experience that I could never have gotten as an attorney working...more

Rise of the robots

Experts warn of the threat posed by super-intelligent machines, but what does this new era of automation mean for the future of work as we know it? Earlier this year, the Japanese office of advertising agency McCann...more

District Court Rules on ERISA Liability of Board and ESOP Advisory Committee Members in ESOP Transactions

On Sept. 1, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois issued its decision in the Antioch employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) fiduciary litigation. The court held that the Antioch Board of Directors...more

SEC Whistleblower Enforcement Actions Related to Severance Agreements

On August 30, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or the “Commission”) reaffirmed its commitment to its whistleblower program by issuing the second largest award in its five-year history. While admittedly...more

Slavery and Human Trafficking: How Businesses Can Manage their Risks

“Whatever day makes man a slave, takes half his worth away.” Trafficked labour and slavery are very much at the top of the global agenda. Global organisations need to be increasingly aware of their ethical and legal...more

Labor and Employment Tips

Here are 10 employment tips to prevent your start-up from losing ground before it gets started: - Make sure you understand the differences between employees and independent contractors and follow all legal requirements...more

The SEC Continues to Limit Language in Employment-Related Contracts

In orders issued just six days apart last month, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rejected language in severance agreements requiring employees to waive rights to receive additional monetary recovery,...more

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