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The Powers and Responsibilities of Representative Payees

Do you have a friend or loved one who receives Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and is unable to manage her payments? If so, you can request that the Social Security...more

Access to Recent DMF Data Restricted to Certified Persons Starting Today

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Technical Information Service (NTIS) put into effect a certification program required for any person or entity seeking to access information during the three-year period...more

Social Security Income and its Impact on Filing for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Protection

Many social security income (SSI) recipients question whether or not their monthly SSI will keep them from being able to file for Ch. 7 bankruptcy. The answer, as with most bankruptcy filings, will depend on each specific...more

Department Of Commerce Seeks Public Comment On Certification Program For Death Master File Access

In response to privacy-related concerns about the potential misuse of the Social Security Administration's Death Master File (DMF), Congress restricted access to the DMF in late 2013. Section 203 of the Bipartisan Budget Act...more

Nevada Workers' Comp and Social Security Disability

I asked attorney Gerald Welt, Esq., if he would provide me with a guest blog post on how workers' compensation interacts with the receipt of Social Security Disability benefits, and his office sent me the following general...more

Eleventh Circuit Holds ERISA Fiduciaries Must Consider Social Security Determinations Issued After Claim Denial

Courts have long held that ERISA plan administrators need to consider the evidence considered and the determination made by the Social Security Administration (SSA) in evaluating disability benefits claims. But the Eleventh...more

11th Circuit Court of Appeals Mandates Proactive Gathering and Review of SSA Information in LTD Benefit Review

Not long ago, the Unites States Supreme Court in MetLife v. Glenn, 128 S. Ct. 2343 (2008) gave a stern warning to plan fiduciaries who required a claimant to apply for disability benefits with the Social Security...more

ERISA – 11th Cir. — Social Security Determinations Issued AFTER Initial Claim Denial Must Be Considered?

You already know that a Social Security disability (SSDI) decision should be considered in the context of deciding whether the claimant is disabled under the terms of the disability policy....more

Recent Developments in New Jersey Product Liability Law

As 2014 begins, it is important to note the developments in New Jersey law over the past year that may affect product liability litigation. Two of the more interesting decisions rendered during the past year are Town of...more

14 Global Workplace Trends For 2014 (Infographic)

With January in full swing and your first new year’s resolution already broken, here’s one goal you can keep: stay abreast of developments to get ahead of the curve, beginning with the top 14 trends impacting multinational...more

14 Global Workplace Trends for 2014

With January in full swing and your first new year’s resolution already broken, here’s one goal you can keep: stay abreast of developments to get ahead of the curve, beginning with the top 14 trends impacting multinational...more

Disability Benefits Every Injured Victim Should Explore

Paying the cost of medical care is of paramount concern for people who have been seriously injured or disabled in accidents. Learning to cope with restricted mobility or speech deficiencies requires continuous, on-going...more

Federal Disability Benefits Set to Rise Only 1.5 Percent

People with disabilities and senior citizens can expect a small, 1.5 percent increase in their Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits in the new year, an even smaller cost of living adjustment than...more

What Is The Difference Between SSDI And SSI?

The program names look the same, but there is a great deal of difference between Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Our attorneys work hard to ensure clients receive...more

Fraudulently-Used SSNs Can Now Be "Locked"

In an update that addresses one glaring gap in E-Verify, USCIS has announced that Social Security numbers that are used fraudulently (stolen, borrowed or purchased from someone else) will be “locked” in the system, generating...more

IRS and SSA Announce Dollar Limits and Thresholds for 2014

The Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration have announced cost-of-living adjustments to the dollar limits on contributions made to, and benefits under, tax-favored retirement and benefits plans, and other...more

ICE Guidance on the Use of Information Provided by Individuals Applying for Healthcare Under ACA

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the Social Security Act (SSA) require that individuals seeking coverage under a qualified health plan offered on a Health Insurance Marketplace or through an insurance...more

Entertainers to be treated as self-employed for tax purposes

Following a consultation process which commenced in May this year, the Government has approved the repeal of the Social Security (Categorisation of Earners) Regulations 1978 to the extent they relate to entertainers, with...more

The Over 60 Remarriage Penalties

With all the government kerfuffle in the news lately I have been thinking about how government programs and regulations affect family choices. Health insurance and Social Security are two of the ways the choice to remarry, or...more

Third Party Administrator Update - Volume 2, 2013

In This Issue: - Nevada Begins Audits of TPAs - Insurers Challenge Requirement to Use Social Security Death Master File - ACLI Files Lawsuit Regarding Prohibition on Offshoring - Tennessee Modifies...more

Supreme Court to Decide Whether RIF-Related Severance Pay Is Subject to FICA

Although some would argue that the next U.S. Supreme Court term is not shaping up to be as monumental as the last term, employers should have their eye on the recent decision of the Court to hear United States v. Quality...more

The Treasury Department and the IRS Implement Windsor and Adopt “State of Celebration” Rule: Compensation and Benefits...

On August 29, 2013, the Treasury Department and the IRS issued Revenue Ruling 2013-17 (“Rev. Rul. 2013-17”) and updated Answers to Frequently Asked Questions for Individuals of the Same Sex Who Are Married Under State Law...more

Employment Law Advisory for September 4, 2013: The Employee's Social Security Number Doesn't Match: Now What?

As a result of receiving a so-called “no match letter” from the Social Security Administration, or through other means, employers occasionally learn that the Social Security number stated by an employee during the hiring...more

State Insurance Commissioner’s “Non-Binding” Opinion Banning Discretionary Language Has No Effect in Court

An Insurance Commissioner’s non-binding opinion banning discretionary language in an ERISA governed plan has no effect. Here’s the case of Frazier v. Life Insurance Company of North America, __ F.3d __ (6th Cir. August...more

Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security Seeks Comments on Regulating Labor Dispatch

China’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security issued provisions that align closely with recent changes to the PRC Labor Contract Law in order to help standardize labor dispatch in the country. The draft calls for a...more

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