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Restaurant and Business Leader Andy Puzder Picked to Lead the DOL

President-elect Donald Trump has formally named Andy Puzder as his choice to be the next Secretary of Labor. Currently the CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company to several fast-food chains, Puzder is a long-time advocate...more

An Early Holiday Boost to Low-Wage Silicon Valley Workers?: San José Passes “Opportunity to Work” Ordinance and Accelerates The...

The New Year will bring significant changes to the local employment laws affecting Silicon Valley-area employers, with measures aimed at reducing the expansion of the part-time workforce and increasing the minimum wage....more

More Ways to be Tagged with Withdrawal Liability

I have written a number of posts, on employers and business owners who have been held responsible for the multiemployer plan withdrawal liability of a different employer. In some cases, the liability comes from common...more

Delaware Healthcare Industry Update

House Bill 439, sponsored by Representative Bryon Short and Senator Patricia Blevins, addresses the situation of “surprise” bills. That is, the situation when a patient seeks and receives care, and is unaware that the...more

Second Court of Appeals Win for State Street Bank in $200 Million Chrysler “Top Hat Plan” Class Action

“Top hat plans” have many attractive features, but a new court decision is a reminder that top hat plan participants have limited protections under ERISA – and that assets held in a rabbi trust are not protected from the...more

The Trump Administration: The Future of Health Care

The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, along with the Republican control of the majority of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, will likely set in motion a major overhaul of...more

Ballard Opinion Letter Program to Replace IRS Determination Letter Program

The Internal Revenue Service has largely ended its determination letter program by which sponsors of individually designed retirement plans can obtain confirmation that their plan documents are tax-qualified. The IRS has...more

2017 Labor & Employment Laws: New Year, New Government, New Challenges

On January 1, 2017, employers across the nation will face a host of new or amended federal, state, and/or local labor and employment requirements. At the same time, there is uncertainty as to how the Trump Administration and...more

Health Care Reform – What You Should Know For 2017

This Advisory supplements our previous advisories dated December 2015 (as supplemented in January 2016), October 2014, October 2013, November 2012, November 2011, and October 2010, addressing the requirements of the...more

EU Workplace Pensions Now Required to Incorporate ESG Issues

A new pensions directive was passed by the European Parliament on 24 November securing 512 votes (only 77 votes against and 40 abstentions), requiring EU workplace pension funds to consider environmental, social and...more

“Waive” Your Undeveloped Arguments Goodbye

The case of Mid-S. Iron Workers Welfare Plan v. Harmon, 645 F. App’x 661 (10th Cir. 2016), teaches a valuable, if oft-repeated reminder: undeveloped arguments in the lower court may not be considered on appeal. Harmon...more

DOL Prevails in Kansas Litigation Challenging Conflict of Interest Rule and Related Exemptions

On November 28, 2016, Judge Crabtree in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas ruled in favor of the U.S. Department of Labor and denied the motion for a preliminary injunction filed by the Market Synergy Group,...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report - December 2016

Littler's WPI Insider Report details key labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The December edition of the Insider Report discusses recent efforts to block...more

ACA Tax Reporting Alert

- In Notice 2016-70, the IRS has extended the date on which to furnish copies of the 2016 Form 1095-B or Form 1095-C to employees to MARCH 2, 2017. - The IRS has also extended the "good faith" transition relief from...more

Holiday Horror Series: Part 2- Hectic Holiday Rollovers

With the holidays upon us, we all can relate to how easy it is to mistakenly overlook important things amidst the cheery holiday hustle and bustle: leaving the Christmas ham in the oven a few hours too long, forgetting to...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - November 2016

Employers across the country can now exhale. On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, a Texas federal court entered a nationwide injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) new federal overtime rules from taking effect...more

Judges v. Ministry of Justice and Lord Chancellor

It is not every day that a group of over 200 judges get together to issue proceedings against the Ministry of Justice and the Lord Chancellor, Liz Truss. However, this is exactly what has happened; the London Central...more

Two More New Jersey Towns Pass Paid Sick Leave Ordinances

Citing the lack of paid sick time for private-sector workers and the goals of reducing health care expenditures and promoting a healthier and more productive workforce, the towns of Morristown and Plainfield, New Jersey,...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - November 2016

This month we review a recent Second Circuit decision addressing ERISA plan status as a class member in a securities shareholder class action. As discussed in the article, the decision exposes a potential conflict among the...more

DOL Prevails Again and NAFA Moves on to the Circuit Court Challenging the Conflict of Interest Rule and Related Exemptions

On November 23, 2016, Judge Moss in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia again ruled in favor of the Department and denied the renewed motion for a preliminary injunction brought by the National Association...more

401(k) Plan Fee Litigation Update

The wave of fee litigation is ongoing and has significantly increased the responsibility of 401(k) plan fiduciaries to follow well documented, prudent processes to monitor 401(k) plan fees and expenses....more

IRS Grants Extension of ACA Information Reporting Deadline and Provides Good Faith Standards for 2016 Information Reports

The IRS recently issued Notice 2016-70, which extends certain 2017 deadlines for employer information reporting under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on health coverage offered to individuals during the 2016 calendar year. The...more

IRS Offers A Short Extension For Certain ACA Reports

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA") imposes reporting requirements on providers of minimum essential coverage (including insurers and employers that self-insure health benefits) about the coverage provided....more

Employee Benefits Developments - November 2016

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of November, 2016. ACA Information Reporting – Bad News and Good News - First, the bad news: The 2016 final...more

Employer Alert: Key 2017 Illinois Employment Law Updates Part IV

Recent federal, state, and municipal employment law developments will have a significant impact on employers in 2017. Employers must update their employee handbooks, employment agreements, arbitration agreements,...more

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