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Blog: Will The SEC Finally Provide Some Relief From The Nearly Incomprehensible Proxy Statement Requirement For A New Plan...

Keith Higgins, Director of Corp Fin, hinted that he might be giving us a welcome gift in the future: a revision of Item 10 of Schedule 14A, the proxy statement – in my view, a component of the disclosure rules that has too...more

The IRS Releases The Benefit Plan Limitations For 2016, Most Limits Remain The Same

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced the annual inflation adjustments for 2016 for qualified retirement plans, fringe benefits and health plans. This information may be found on the IRS' website and in...more

ISS Launches 2016 Benchmark Policy Consultation

ISS has made available for public comment certain proposed voting policies for 2016. In the United States ISS has proposed policies relating to unilateral board actions, director overboarding and compensation at...more

How to Prevent Poaching of Your Startup's Employees

Employee “poaching” is a fact of life in many industries. Such employee recruiting is not intrinsically illegal, as a matter of public policy the law generally favors the ability of employees to freely switch employers....more

Fifth Circuit Holds That Meal Breaks May Be Compensable If Employer-Mandated Transition Time Significantly Eats Into Employees'...

The U.S. Department of Labor’s regulations generally provide that employers are not required to pay employees for “bona fide” meal breaks that ordinarily last at least 30 minutes, but rest periods of short durations, running...more

OFCCP Issues Regulations on "Pay Transparency"

Today the U.S. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs issued its Final Rule implementing Executive Order 13665, which prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against employees and applicants who ask about or...more

Obama Board Reaffirms Successor’s Right to Set Initial Terms of Employment when Taking Over Unionized Operation

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board issued a refreshingly employer-friendly decision which allowed a successor company to implement new pay terms without having to first bargain with the labor union. ...more

The Third Circuit Requires Benefit Denial Letters to Contain Plan Limitations Period

In Mirza v. Insurance Administrator of America, Inc., No. 13-3535 (3d Cir. August 26, 2015), the Third Circuit became the latest Court to require benefit denial letters to include a notification of the plan’s limitations...more

SEE YOU IN COURT – July/August 2015

Mr. Superintendent couldn’t believe that it is already again time for negotiations with the Nutmeg Union of Teachers (NUTS). However, when Mr. Superintendent told Mr. Chairman that teacher negotiations are coming up and...more

TRB Issues New Guidance Concerning the Reemployment of Retired Teachers

On June 17, 2015, Connecticut’s Attorney General issued an opinion concerning the “statutory limits on the compensation provided to reemployed teachers (including superintendents and other administrators) pursuant to Conn....more

CalPERS And Pay Equity

The Securities and Exchange Commission has given notice of its intent to adopt final pay ratio disclosure rules at its meeting next week.  In applauding the SEC’s proposed rules, the California Public Employees’ Retirement...more

HR Now. More Big Issues…

Our blog on HR Now. The Big Issues has generated much discussion amongst our clients. They have told us about several other issues on their minds...more

OFCCP Seeks Final Approval Of Its Pay Transparency Regulations From OMB

OFCCP recently sent its proposed final regulations implementing Executive Order 13665 (the “Order”) to the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) for final approval. The Order, among other things, mandates that federal...more

Deferred Compensation - Updated IRS Audit Guide

The IRS recently updated the Audit Techniques Guide that is provided to its agents with respect to deferred compensation programs, including - as the Guide specifies - salary reduction arrangements, bonus deferral plans,...more

California Court of Appeals Holds Subcontract Unable to Collect Compensation Under Business & Professions Code 7031 Because...

In Pacific Caisson & Shoring, Inc. v. Bernards Bros. Inc. [2015 Cal. App. LEXIS 426], a subcontractor’s license with the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) was automatically suspended due to an unsatisfied stipulated...more

Physician Compensation Arrangements – OIG Fraud Alert Warns of Potential Anti-kickback Statute Violations

In a fraud alert released today, the OIG warns that physician compensation arrangements, such as medical directorship compensation, may potentially violate the anti-kickback statue. The fraud alert reiterates the “one...more

SEC Staff Releases Analysis Related to Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules

On June 4, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (Staff) released analysis related to its proposed rules for pay ratio disclosure, which analysis evaluates the potential effects of excluding different...more

SEC Provides Additional Analysis Related to Proposed Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules

On June 4, the Securities and Exchange Commission provided additional analysis related to its proposed rules for pay ratio disclosure. The staff believes that the analysis will be informative for evaluating the potential...more

Weathering The Recent Storms in Texas: How to Compensate Employees for Lost Time

In the wake of Houston’s recent flooding, countless businesses closed their doors, and many individuals are coping with homes in disrepair. Texas employers wondering whether they must pay workers for lost time during...more

Entscheidung des Arbeitsgerichts Düsseldorf zum Mindestlohn

Das Mindestlohngesetz lässt viele Fragen und Details offen. Es gehört daher zu der Art von Gesetzen, die erst von der Rechtsprechung ausgeformt werden müssen. Entsprechend dringend werden Entscheidungen erwartet, weshalb auch...more

Compensation and Benefits Insights – April 2015 #2

The IRS recently made helpful revisions to the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System ("EPCRS). EPCRS is an IRS program that permits plan sponsors to correct certain retirement plan errors and avoid substantial...more

Ways to Make Your Family Business More Family Friendly

Family businesses face many hurdles. One of the biggest hurdles for family businesses (as for all businesses) is keeping and retaining talent. Family businesses have to compete for talent against bigger, more established...more

First Circuit Reviews Top Hat Plan Benefits Denial for Abuse of Discretion

The First Circuit recently applied an abuse of discretion standard of review to a claim for top hat plan benefits. Plaintiff Robert Niebauer, a former executive of Crane, brought a claim for executive severance plan benefits...more

Practical Advice for Compliance with Recent Amendments to the Internal Revenue Code Section 162(m) Regulations

The recent amendments to the Section 162(m) regulations largely follow the changes set forth in the proposed regulations issued in 2011, clarifying two exceptions from the Section 162(m) tax deductibility limit...more

From Handshake to Ribbon Cutting: Lessons in Implementing Economic Development Incentives that Avoid Clawbacks

Once an incentive agreement is in place, it is time for the company to get to work building and staffing the new or expanded facility. While the economics of a deal are typically still on track, the initial buildout/expansion...more

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