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CitySprint courier delivered employee status by employment tribunal

In another case focusing on the gig economy, the London Central Employment Tribunal has ruled that a CitySprint bike courier was a worker under the Employment Rights Act 1996. In Dewhurst v CitySprint UK Ltd, the...more

Raising the Bar to a Perfect Score: Corporate Equality Index to Look for Expanded Health Benefits as Measure of LGBT Workplace...

Employers looking for strong scores on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) in coming years may have to make some unexpected changes to their health benefit programs. Benefit programs are one key component of CEI ratings,...more

Venezuela anuncia el aumento del salario mínimo

En Gaceta Oficial N° 41.070, de fecha 9 de enero de 2017, fue publicado el aumento del cincuenta por ciento (50%) sobre el salario mínimo mensual para los trabajadores que presten servicio en los sectores público y privado,...more

Venezuela Announces New Minimum Wage and Meal Benefit Increases

On January 9, 2017, Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro announced a 50% increase in the monthly minimum wage for the private and public sectors, effective January 1, 2017. Minimum Wage Increase - The new minimum...more

EEOC Sues Marquez Brothers For Hispanic-Preference Hiring

Non-Hispanic Applicants Turned Away From Entry-Level Positions, Federal Agency Charges - FRESNO, Calif. - Marquez Brothers International, Inc. and its affiliates violated federal law when they failed to hire non-Hispanic...more

Looking Forward/Looking Backward – Day 1 Notes from the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference

A large amount of wind, much discussion about the U.S healthcare, and the public getting soaked again – if you were thinking about Washington, DC and the new Congress, you’re 3,000 miles away from the action. This is the week...more

Plain Language in Bonus Plan Prevails: No Employment, No Vesting, No Bonus

In positive news for employers, in Styles v Alberta Investment Management Corporation, 2017 ABCA 1 [Styles], the Alberta Court of Appeal (ABCA) affirmed that an employee who does not meet a clear and well drafted condition of...more

DOL Finalizes New Disability Claim Rules for Welfare and Retirement Benefit Plans

The US Department of Labor’s Employee Benefit Security Administration recently released final rules on claims adjudication of disability claims under welfare and retirement plans (the Final Rule). The purpose of the Final...more

A Poet's Guide to Employee Benefits Law - 2017 Edition

The employee benefits world, with all its legal rules and regulations, is viewed by human resources people, financial people, and for that matter most lawyers, as forbidding territory - the "darkest forest" from the Wizard of...more

Ohio Limits Local Workplace Laws, Expands Concealed Carry Rights of Licensed Gun Holders

A new Ohio law mandates uniformity of laws across the state affecting wage-hour, paid sick and safe leave and other fringe benefits, and scheduling of employee work hours. Senate Bill 331 expressly prohibits cities and...more

New Law Enables Small Employers to Resume Health Reimbursement Arrangements

One of the unintended consequences of the Affordable Care Act had been the elimination of health reimbursement arrangements as a tool for small employers to avoid the complexities of maintaining a group health plan and the...more

Are Individually Designed Retirement Plans Destined to Become Dinosaurs?

The Impact of Changes to the IRS Determination Letter Program - This January 2017 will see the last regular IRS determination letter applications filed for individually designed retirement plans. After this final Cycle A...more

Vacation Policies Are Not All-Inclusive; Seventh Circuit Denies Bid to Certify Class And Affirms Summary Judgment on Part-Time...

Seyfarth Synopsis: In McCaster v. Darden Restaurants, the Seventh Circuit affirmed the District Court’s order denying class certification of claims for denial of earned vacation benefits at separation and granting summary...more

ERISA: Happy New Year? 10 Things You Need to Know About the Newly Published Regulations Affecting Future ERISA Claims/Appeals

The Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration just published final regulations that change the ERISA disability claims and appeals process. Here are 10 things you should know about these new...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report - January 2017

Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report details notable labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The January edition of the Insider Report reviews what...more

Bill Introduced To Delay Effective Date of DOL Fiduciary Rule

On January 6, 2017 Rep. Joe Wilson introduced a house bill that would delay for two years the effective date of the DOL Fiduciary Rule set to take effect on April 1, 2017. http://src.bna.com/ldB. This legislation follows...more

Pennsylvania District Court Rejects Effort to Certify Retained Asset Account Claims Against Prudential

In Huffman v. Prudential, a federal judge in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently rejected the plaintiffs’ effort to certify for class adjudication a claim for alleged breach of ERISA (alternatively, state law)...more

ERISA and Disability Claims

Final rules were issued in December that update the claim procedure that ERISA Plan Administrators must follow to determine whether benefits are due or payable on account of the a plan participant’s disability. The new rules...more

Cures Act Lets Small Employers Reiumburse Premiums

On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Cures Act, which allows small employers to maintain health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) for the purpose of reimbursing employees for the cost of...more

Some Tweaks to Build Employee Loyalty

Two years here. Three years there. Another five somewhere else. Frequent job-hopping used to be a red flag, suggesting to prospective employers that a candidate was unfocused and disloyal. Originally published on...more

Honeywell Defeats Retirees’ Class Action Suit for Lifetime Health Benefits

A federal district court in Ohio dismissed retirees’ claims for lifetime healthcare benefits from Honeywell.  Honeywell provided healthcare benefits to plaintiffs through a series of collective bargaining agreements and,...more

Treasury and DOL Update 2016-2017 Regulatory Agendas for Employee Benefits 

The principal regulators of U.S. employee benefits have recently published updates to their guidance plans for the coming months. On October 31, 2016, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Consider ERISA Church Plan Exemption

In a decision that may have profound consequences for the funding and continued operation of defined benefit retirement plans covering employees at religiously affiliated organizations, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

The December 22 announcement that Deutsche Bank had settled with the DOJ over long-standing RMBS-related claims and investigations for a reported $7.2 billion prompted this Times long-read that traced the Icarus-like rise and...more

UPDATE: District Court Denies Preliminary Injunction in AARP Suit to Block Final Rules on Employee Wellness Programs

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judge Bates) has denied AARP’s request to block the implementation of the EEOC’s final wellness regulations pending a decision on the merits. As we have discussed...more

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