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Employee Benefits Developments - July 2016

Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code (“Section 409A”) generally provides that, if a plan providing for deferred compensation fails to comply with Section 409A, either in form or in operation, then all amounts deferred...more

Department of Labor Updates ERISA’s Civil Penalties

Pursuant to recently amended federal legislation, the Department of Labor (DOL), among several other federal agencies, is increasing its civil monetary penalties to adjust for inflation. Among the penalties to be increased...more

Regulatory and Legislative Changes: No Summer Holiday Break

While you may have thought that the major party conventions and Olympic Games in Rio would have resulted in a break from significant legislative and regulatory changes, that simply does not seem to be the case. ...more

Proposed Form 5500 Changes & the new Schedule J: Big Changes for Small Group Health Plans

The US Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed changes to the Form 5500 and schedules that will affect ERISA Title I group health plans of all sizes, but small group health plans should be especially aware of the changes....more

Waves of Guidance and Benefit Plan Developments Worth Watching

Notices on Second Round of Privacy and Security Audits are Out, Expat Plans, OON Surgery Center Billing Issues, and New Nondiscrimination Rules for Federal Contractors, New ERISA Civil Monetary Penalties, COBRA Notices and...more

Benefits Litigation Update – Summer 2016

Epstein Becker Green and The ERISA Industry Committee (“ERIC”) are pleased to release the current issue of the Benefits Litigation Update (“Update”). The Update is a publication which provides four primary...more

Department of Labor Increases Penalties for Certain ERISA Violations

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published on July 1, 2016, an interim final rule adjusting the civil monetary penalties that it can enforce. These adjustments are the result of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation...more

Penalty Amounts Get Adjustment (Upward, of Course)

The Department of Labor (DOL), along with several other federal agencies, recently released adjusted penalty amounts for various violations. The amounts had not been adjusted since 2003, so there was some catching up to do,...more

Cashed Out Benefits Must Be Included in Regular Rate When Calculating Overtime Premium

Overtime paid to non-exempt employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act must be at time and one-half of the employee’s “regular rate.” The regular rate includes most compensation paid to the employee, such as bonuses and...more

More Clarity on Expatriate Health Plans and the ACA

Expatriate health plans have been surprisingly difficult to reconcile with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Proposed regulations set to take effect in 2017 provide some useful guidance to U.S. employers that sponsor expatriate...more

DOL Rule Imposes Significant Increases in Penalties for Employee Benefit Plan Violations

On June 30, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued an interim final rule that significantly increases various penalties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”). The interim rule is the...more

Ninth Circuit Shakes Up Regular Rate-of-Pay Calculations in Flores v. City of San Gabriel

Employers May Need to Restructure “Cash in Lieu of” Payments - The City of San Gabriel was underpaying its police force by miscalculating their regular rate of pay, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held in...more

Compensation and Benefits Insights – June 2016

Final Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) Guidance Issued - The Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Treasury (the “Departments”) recently issued final changes to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage...more

Maryland Enacts Mandatory Private-Sector Retirement Program That Impacts Most Maryland Employers

Maryland joins California, Connecticut, Illinois, and Oregon in leading state initiatives to set up state-sponsored retirement plans for employees. The Maryland Small Business Retirement Savings Program and Trust (“the...more

COBRA Notices May Include Additional Information on Exchanges

The Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued an FAQ addressing the inclusion of information about the Health Insurance Exchanges (Marketplace) in COBRA notices. The guidance could be very helpful for employers in directing...more

Final Gender Discrimination Rule for Federal Contractors Issued

Federal contractor healthcare plans, leave policies, accommodation practices, gender identity protections, and other employment practices to face increased scrutiny. For the first time in more than 40 years, the US...more

Why Should Hospitals with “Church Plans” Be Concerned Now? - Hospital Industry Viewpoint

Religiously affiliated hospitals and health systems have recently come under attack by private litigants for exercising the right to remain exempt from ERISA requirements. Such hospitals and health systems should assess their...more

OFCCP Issues Revised Sex Discrimination Rules

On Tuesday, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) finalized revisions to its sex discrimination rules, bringing them in line with current Title VII jurisprudence. The current rules...more

Changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act May Affect Employee Benefits

The United States Department of Labor recently issued a Final Rule updating the Fair Labor Standards Act (the “FLSA”) that includes an increase in the standard salary level and that will take effect December 1, 2016. Under...more

Hospital and Fixed Indemnity and Disease-Specific Policies in the Cross Hairs: Tri-Agency Proposed Rule Portends Some Disruption

On June 10, the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services (The “Departments”) issued a set of proposed regulations dealing with expatriate health plans, excepted benefits, lifetime and annual limits, and...more

The Department of Labor’s 2016 Final Fiduciary and Conflict of Interest Regulations: The Principal Transactions Exemption

This post continues our examination of the Department of Labor’s suite of final fiduciary and conflict of interest regulations. Our prior posts discussed the newly expanded definition of “investment advice fiduciary” and the...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.10.16

More thoughts on the Department of Labor’s new retirement adviser fiduciary duty standard, including questions about the “grassroots” movement the US Chamber of Commerce is claiming to support its opposition to the standard....more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report — June 2016

Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report details key labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The June edition of the Insider Report highlights recent federal...more

What Constitute “Incentive Payments” Under the Final Overtime Regulations?

In order to qualify for one or more of the white collar exemptions to the overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), an employee must meet three tests: (1) the salary basis test (which asks how the...more

Health Care E-Note - May 2016

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

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