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Germany: News on Disqualification Periods Following Termination Agreements

by Littler on

In Germany, employees frequently refuse to sign separation agreements for fear that the Employment Agency (Agentur für Arbeit) will disqualify them from receiving unemployment benefits. A revision of the Employment Agency's...more

Termination of Employment in Ontario

by Dickinson Wright on

The cost of terminating the employment of an employee in Ontario depends upon a mixture of contract provisions, common law and statute. The rules under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 about the termination of employment...more

March Sadness: How Not to Drop the Ball When a RIF is on Your Schedule

No matter how long you’ve played the game, administering a Reduction-in-Force or RIF is never easy. In fact, it is often painful not only because they are difficult to administer, but because of the toll it takes on the...more

Workwise: Don't Skimp on Statutory Minimums: Drafting an Enforceable Termination Clause

by Field Law on

The recent decision of the Court of Appeal for Ontario in Wood v. Fred Deeley Imports Ltd., 2017 ONCA 158 (Wood), once again highlights that employers must be very careful when it comes to drafting termination clauses as a...more

Spain: Termination Pay Can Include Bonuses and Other Variable Pay

by Dentons on

In the past few years, the Spanish financial crisis, which has persisted since 2008, has led to many companies choosing to assign a more significant role to bonuses or variable pay rather than fixed salary. By granting...more

Puerto Rico Issues Comprehensive Labor Law Reform

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On January 26, 2017, Puerto Rico’s Governor, Ricardo Roselló, signed into law the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (the “Act”). The Act represents the first significant and comprehensive labor law reform to occur in...more

Open for Business: Puerto Rico Enacts Sweeping Labor Reform

by Morgan Lewis on

Employer-friendly revisions to attract new businesses and facilitate operations for existing enterprises signals a new era of labor flexibility in Puerto Rico. On January 26, 2017, weeks after being sworn in as the...more

Puerto Rico Approves Major Reform of its Employment Laws

by Littler on

On January 26, 2017, the Governor of Puerto Rico approved the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (“the Act"). The Act makes substantial changes to virtually all existing Puerto Rico employment laws, including those...more

Delaware Chancery Court Throws Out Claims Over $10 Million Severance Payment to CEO

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A Delaware Chancery Court judge last week dismissed a derivative complaint seeking to recover a $10 million severance payment made to a corporation’s former CEO because he found that plaintiff shareholder...more

Two New SEC Orders Further Limit Employers' Ability to Secure Employee Releases and the Breadth of Confidentiality Agreements

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued two orders challenging employee confidentiality agreements and indicating that companies must not condition employees’ receipt of severance payments and other...more

Legal updates regarding Israeli law - Significant recent case law: employer ordered to provide prior notice to employees in a...

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Employment Appeal 28597-03-11 Dabush Light – Jordanian Locks Holdings (2005) Limited. Decided on February 11, 2015. Jordanian Locks transferred the ownership of its plant to another company. The employees continued to...more

Changes to tax treatment of termination payments

by Reed Smith on

The UK Government has announced changes to the tax treatment of termination payments following the conclusion of its recent consultation. Draft legislation has now been published which will come into force in April 2018....more

Wilson: SCC Overhauls Standard of Review?

by Dentons on

Tax professionals who advise clients on judicial review of the CRA’s discretionary decisions should monitor developments in the standard of review in light of the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Wilson v Atomic Energy...more

How should employers deal with pensions in a severance package?

by Dentons on

HR professionals often ask us how to deal with pension issues when they structure severance packages for non-union employees. Should employees continue to earn pension benefits after termination of employment?  If so, for how...more

Canada Labour Code Clarified: Supreme Court Rules That Non-Unionized Employees Can Only Be Dismissed with Cause

by Field Law on

At common law, a non-unionized employee may be dismissed without cause or reasons if he or she is given reasonable notice of termination or pay in lieu. However, for non-unionized federal employees, the Supreme Court of...more

New Proposed Regulations for Section 457(f) Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements of Non-Profit and Governmental...

The Internal Revenue Service recently released long anticipated proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) governing deferred compensation arrangements maintained by tax-exempt organizations and governmental entities...more

Employee Benefits Developments - July 2016

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

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

Top 10 rules for compliant non-qualified deferred compensation

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

By Lori Jones Internal Revenue Code Section 409A regulates nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plans and arrangements, which are commonly used to provide supplemental compensation to key executives. Complying with...more

Does Your Severance Trigger ERISA? Why You Should Care and What You Should Do

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Generally speaking, many employers do not think about the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) when it comes to severance, whether at the front end, when employment agreements or policies are negotiated and...more

The Proposed Code Section 457 Regulations Have Arrived

by Bracewell LLP on

On June 22, 2016, the IRS finally issued the long-awaited proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code (“Code”) Section 457. Code Section 457 applies to deferred compensation plans or arrangements of tax-exempt entities...more

Proposed Section 409A Regulations Would Clarify Separation from Service Analysis in Connection with Change in Status From Employee...

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

Pursuant to the final regulations under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, a termination of employment generally occurs at such time as the employer and employee reasonably anticipate that the...more

Cautionary Observations from the Proposed 457 Regulations

by Bryan Cave on

After more than nine years of deliberations, the IRS has finally released proposed regulations governing all types of deferred compensation plans maintained by non-profit organizations and governmental entities. In...more

Sale of a Business is Not Constructive Dismissal

by Dentons on

In the decision 2108805 Ontario Inc. v. Boulad rendered on January 25, 2016, the Quebec Court of Appeal overruled the trial judge who had considered that the change of employer resulting from a change of ownership constituted...more

Good News! New 409A Regulations (Yes, Really!) – Part 1: Firing Squad

by Bryan Cave on

On the TV show Futurama, the aged proprietor of the delivery company Planet Express, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, had a habit of entering a room where the other characters were gathered and sharing his trademark line,...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Under Code Section 457 Affecting Deferred Compensation Plans of Tax-Exempt Organizations

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The Internal Revenue Service recently issued proposed regulations under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) that prescribe rules regarding deferred compensation plans sponsored by state and local governments...more

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