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Understanding New York's New Paid Family Leave Law

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo executed sweeping legislation on April 4, 2016, that will gradually raise the minimum wage in New York to $15 an hour and provide a phased-in system of paid family leave benefits providing...more

ERISA Preemption: Don't Tread on my Uniform System of Plan Administration

On March 1 the U.S. Supreme Court again reinforced the broad preemptive scope of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, 29 U.S.C.A. §1001. In Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., 136 S. Ct. 936, the court...more

EEOC Issues Final Rules on Wellness Programs

On May 16, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued final regulations governing the treatment of wellness programs under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information...more

Second Circuit Applies Stricter Rules for a Plan Administrator’s Noncompliance with Benefit Claims Regulations

In Depth - On April 12, 2016, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Halo v. Yale Health Plan, 2016 WL 1426291 (2d Cir. Apr. 12, 2016), addressed various issues that could arise during a plan administrator’s...more

Wellness Programs May Need a Check-Up Following Recent EEOC Guidance

Many employers offer some type of “wellness program” to their employees as a way to improve employee health and reduce healthcare spending. Wellness programs can be called many different things, including “weight loss...more

EEOC Issues Final Rules Governing Employer Wellness Programs

The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission issued two final rules May 16, 2016 to clarify how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) apply to workplace wellness...more

EEOC Issues Final Rules on Wellness Programs Under the ADA and GINA

This week the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued final rules providing guidance on the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008...more

Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule: Employers Should Not Overlook Impact on HSAs

The new Department of Labor rule defining the scope of who is an ERISA fiduciary has caused much consternation among investment professionals. Much of the new rule is focused on reworking the outer fringes of the ERISA...more

Labor & Employment Advisory: ADA, GINA Wellness Regs Now Final

Yesterday, the EEOC issued its final regulations providing guidance on wellness program incentives under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. The ADA regulations address...more

EEOC Issues Final Rules on Employer Wellness Programs

Rules Address Incentives; Protect Confidentiality - WASHINGTON, DC--The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued final rules that describe how Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)...more

New Fiduciary Rule for Retirement Plans

On April 6, 2016 the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration ("EBSA") issued its long awaited final rule redefining a fiduciary investment advisor (also known as the "conflict of interest rule"),...more

Illinois Supreme Court Issue Long-Awaited Decision on Vesting of Retiree Health Care Benefits in Matthews v. Chicago Transit...

On May 5th, nearly a full year after it heard oral arguments in the case, the Illinois Supreme Court issued its decision in Matthews v. Chicago Transit Authority, et al., addressing the interplay between a public sector...more

Employee Assistance Programs and State Insurance Regulation Structuring EAPs to Ensure Compliance

Employee Assistance Programs (or EAPs) have served employers and their employees for decades, providing a variety of benefits to address issues that might otherwise adversely affect the overall health and work of employees. A...more

Fifth Circuit Decision Includes Important Holdings for ESOP Fiduciaries

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed on May 3, 2016, the holdings of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi on numerous issues involving the sale of closely held stock from a...more

Partnerships: IRS Extends Prohibition on Treating Partners as Employees

Employees of partnerships, LLCs or their disregarded entity subsidiaries who receive equity in such entities may be treated as “self-employed” for tax purposes. On May 3, 2016, the US Treasury Department (Treasury)...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - May 2016 #3

FCA extends COBS 13 and 14 modification by consent - FCA has published a revised direction to extend the modification by consent of its Conduct of Business Sourcebook (COBS) in relation to pension schemes. The...more

Venezuela Anuncia Aumento del Salario Mínimo y del “Cestaticket Socialista”

El Presidente Nicolás Maduro anunció, nuevamente, un aumento del treinta por ciento (30%) sobre el salario mínimo mensual para los trabajadores y un aumento en la base de cálculo del "Cestaticket Socialista" a tres y media...more

Reminder To HR Professionals: You Can Be Held Personally Liable For FMLA Violations

A recent decision offers a not-so-friendly reminder to HR professionals and supervisory employees: you can be individually liable for FMLA violations if you review, approve, and correspond with employees regarding their FMLA...more

EEOC Issues New Resource Document Addressing Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation under the ADA. What's the Impact on Employers?

For years, employers across America have been clamoring for guidance from the EEOC about how they should manage an employee’s request for extended or intermittent leave from work and how much leave is considered as...more

Venezuela Announces New Minimum Wage and Meal Benefit Increases

On April 29, 2016, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced a 30% increase in the monthly minimum wage, effective May 1, 2016. President Maduro also announced an increase in the meal benefit, which will now be three and...more

Treasury Department Rejects Central States Pension Fund's Benefit Reduction Proposal

As we discussed in a prior alert, in September 2015 the Teamsters’ Central States Pension Fund submitted a proposed “rescue plan” to the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury). The Central States Pension Fund is severely...more

Neither a Partner nor Employee Be: Treasury and the IRS Issue Regulations Clarifying the Employment Tax Treatment of Partners in...

The Treasury Department (Treasury) and the Internal Revenue Service (Service) have issued temporary regulations (Regulations) clarifying the federal employment tax treatment of the owners of partnerships and other entities...more

Important Information for 2015 Form 5500 Reporting: Pension Benefit Plans and Funded Welfare Benefit Plans

As you may know, there have been several new items added to the 2015 Form 5500 series. Specifically, these are: - ..Preparer Information at the bottom of page 1 of Form 5500 and Form 5500-SF ..Schedule H, Lines...more

Updated HSA Limit

This week, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2016-28, which updated the plan limits for health savings accounts and high deductible health plans. These limits, effective for 2017 calendar years, were virtually unchanged from...more

New Regulations Squash Planning Tool for Avoiding Self-Employment Tax and Related Employee Benefit Issues

Tax practitioners often face this issue: client is a limited liability company taxed as a partnership for federal income tax purposes (“LLC”), and it wants to issue equity to a current employee (“Individual”) without...more

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