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IRS and DOL issue retirement plan relief for hurricane victims

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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has provided welcome relief to individuals affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The relief permits plan sponsors to temporarily relax restrictions on hardship withdrawals, participant...more

DOL Announces Minimum Wage Increase for Federal Contractors

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced an upcoming increase to the minimum wage rate for contractors working on or in connection with contracts covered by Executive Order 13658, which applies to certain federal...more

Department of Labor Announces Increase to Minimum Wage for Government Contractors

by Reed Smith on

Effective January 1, 2018, the minimum wage for federal contractors working on or in connection with contracts covered by Executive Order 13658 will increase to $10.35 per hour. The current minimum wage under Executive Order...more

Do Customer Tips Belong to the Employee or Employer? DOL Puts the Question on the Table

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

When a customer leaves a tip for a server, who receives the full amount of the tip at the end of the day? According to a 2011 Department of Labor (DOL) regulation, the tip always belongs to the server, even if the employer...more

Employment Law - September 2017

More Obama-Era Policies—Pay Data Collection, Overtime Rule—Fall - Why it matters - Continuing the rollback of Obama-era policies, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) hit pause on the collection of...more

Federal Contractor Minimum Wage Increase Announced – Changes Effective January 1, 2018

On September 15, 2017, the Department of Labor announced an increase in the minimum wage that certain federal contractors must pay to employees. This comes as part of a planned incremental increase in the federal contractor...more

ERISA: Discovery of Claims Procedures to Assess Compliance with DOL Regulations? Not So Fast.

You know that failing to follow Department of Labor (DOL) claims regulations can result in the court using the de novo review standard, rather than the abuse of discretion standard in reviewing claim decisions....more

Full Implementation Of Fiduciary Rules Extended

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In April 2016, the Department of Labor issued regulations to expand the definition of “fiduciary” under ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code as applied to those who render investment advice for a fee or other compensation with...more

Responding To Mental Health Parity Model Disclosure Request Form

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In June 2017, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury released a draft model form that participants may use to request mental health/substance use disorder (MH/SUD) limitation information from their...more

Proposed 2016 “White Collar” Regulations Struck Down; DOL Starts Work on New Regulations

The winding legal path of the 2016 “white collar” regulations has come to an end. On August 31, 2017, the Honorable Amos L. Mazzant of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas struck down the U.S. Department...more

Department of Labor Releases New Pregnancy Discrimination Poster

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Last week I talked about the new state law regarding pregnancy discrimination that is going into effect on October 1, 2017. In that post, I mentioned a new notice that was required to comply with the law....more

Court Cases Challenge English-Only COBRA Election Procedures

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Two pending federal cases could reveal situations in which employers with a significant multi-lingual workforce should provide translated versions of their COBRA election materials....more

IRS, PBGC and DOL Provide Additional Hurricane Relief

The IRS issued an announcement paralleling the relief granted to Hurricane Harvey victims to those in Florida affected by Hurricane Irma. Announcement 2017-13 (the “Announcement”) relaxes hardship distribution standards for...more

Dealing with Disaster: Issues and Relief for Employee Benefit Plans

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In the period following natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, employer plan sponsors will be faced with any number of hardship-related employee benefit plan administration issues. Many of these involve...more

Ninth Circuit Deviates from Guidance and Other Authority on Tip Credits

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

We have previously discussed how the Department of Labor (DOL) often issues guidance to assist employers in applying and complying with the DOL’s various regulations. The federal courts generally follow this guidance when...more

Staying Out of Trouble: How to Avoid IRS and DOL Audits

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) conduct different types of benefit plan audits, such as retirement plans and health and welfare plans, and for various reasons. In a presentation, Jeffrey...more

More Hurricane Relief & Expansion of DoL Relief to Hurricane Irma

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Leave donation program was extended to assist victims of Hurricanes Irma today. The new leave donation program permits an employee to donate his leave to a charitable organization that is eligible to receive charitable...more

Sleeping On the Job… Again? Second New York Appellate Court Finds Home Healthcare Employees Entitled to Pay for all 24 Hours on an...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department (“Second Department”) joined the First Department in finding that home healthcare employees who work 24-hour...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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The Fed’s Open Markets Committee will wrap up meetings tomorrow, and it’s expected [markets be ready] to avoid a rate hike but reveal the beginning of a measured shrinking of the Fed’s $4.2 trillion mortgage/Treasury bond...more

Labor & Employment Law Update - September 2017

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United States Department of Labor Moves Hint at Policy Changes, but Employers Await Clarity - Presidential administration transitions almost always result in policy and enforcement initiative changes at the U.S. Department...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects DOL’s “80/20 Rule” for Sidework: What This Means for Employers of Tipped Employees

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently rejected the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) tip-credit guidance, commonly known as the “80/20 rule,” as well as its guidance on tasks unrelated to a tipped occupation. The...more

Another New York State Appellate Court Finds 24-Hour Non-Residential Home Care Attendants Must be Paid for Sleep and Meal Periods

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A pair of New York state appellate decisions has serious implications for employers that offer 24-hour home care for clients by ruling that sleep and meal periods must be included in the hourly wages of home care attendants....more

Further Hurricane Relief for Federal Contractors: No Citation for Late Veterans Reports

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced that federal contractors will not be cited for filing their VETS-4212 reports late—as long as they are filed by November 15, 2017. The DOL has made the change in another...more

The Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule – Three Issues to Consider if you Advise IRAs

by K&L Gates LLP on

According to the Investment Company Institute, at the end of the first quarter of 2017, assets in IRAs and defined contribution plans totalled $8.2 trillion and $7.3 trillion, respectively. Under the Department of Labor’s...more

Employment Law This Week®: D.C. Policy Update, Wage and Hour Administrator Nominee, DOL’s 80/20 Rule

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We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

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