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Employment Flash - March 2015

In This Issue: - Supreme Court Rejects Sixth Circuit Yard-Man Vested Benefits Presumption - Supreme Court Revives Pregnancy Discrimination Light Duty Case - NY Wage Theft Protection Act Amended - Senate...more

Supreme Court Rules No Presumption of Lifetime Vesting of Retiree Health Benefits

The Supreme Court overturned the Sixth Circuit’s long-standing Yard-Man presumption, ruling that courts should apply ordinary contract principles to determine whether benefits have vested....more

What Employers under Collective Bargaining Agreements Should Know about the Decision in M&G Polymers v. Tackett

Recently, the United States Supreme Court undertook a significant course-correction in the vesting of retiree health benefits under collective bargaining agreements (“CBAs”). ...more

Blog: Pulling the Trigger(s): What is Double-Trigger Acceleration and How Does it Work?

You may have heard people refer to “double-trigger” acceleration. What are they talking about? Double-trigger acceleration refers to the partial or full acceleration of vesting of someone’s options or stock based on the...more

Guide To Going Global: Global Equity Restricted Stock And Restricted Stock Units 2015

Welcome to the updated edition of DLA Piper’s Guide to Going Global – Global Equity, Restricted Stock and RSUs. GUIDE TO GOING GLOBAL SERIES - Many companies today aim to scale their businesses globally and into...more

The Court Mows Down Yard-Man - The Supreme Court Rejects Claim for Lifetime Retiree Benefits

The Supreme Court, in M&G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, held that courts cannot infer an employer’s intent to vest welfare benefits from ambiguous or silent collective bargaining agreements, but instead courts must use...more

Supreme Court Decides M & G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett

On January 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided M & G Polymers USA, LLC v. Tackett, No. 13-1010, holding that ordinary principles of contract law govern the interpretation of pension and insurance provisions of...more

Traditional Contract Rules Determine Whether Retirees Are Entitled to Lifetime Healthcare Benefits

Yesterday, in a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that courts must apply ordinary rules of contract interpretation when determining whether retiree healthcare benefits vest for life pursuant to the terms of a...more

Seventh Circuit Again Considers Partial Terminations of Retirement Plans

When a tax-qualified retirement plan is terminated, the Internal Revenue Code (Code) generally requires that all participants in the plan be fully vested in their plan benefits. The Code also requires full vesting for those...more

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Return to Pension Debates

In the closing days of its September term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to return once again to what surely must be the most controversial subject at the moment in all of Illinois’ civil law: public pensions. Matthews v....more

Opting To Learn About Stock Options In A Divorce

Many businesses choose to reward their employees with stock options in lieu of other forms of compensation. Frequently, these options are not vested when awarded, but rather vest over time....more

When Should Vesting of Equity Grants Accelerate?

The importance of time-based vesting for equity and/or rights to acquire equity granted to founders and subsequent employees of venture-backed companies should not be understated. Equally important is what events should cause...more

IRS Releases Additional Rulings on Lump-Sum Windows

The practice of offering lump-sum distributions has become increasingly popular among defined benefit plan sponsors looking to decrease volatility or other defined benefit plan risks. In some situations, plan sponsors offer...more

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari to Review Sixth Circuit’s Pro-Union Inference in Retiree Health Insurance Benefits Cases

The Supreme Court of the United States has agreed to resolve a circuit split about how courts should interpret collective bargaining agreements that provide for health insurance benefits for retired employees in M&G Polymers...more

Tax Court Provides Color on “For Cause” Termination Under Code Section 83

On December 16, 2013, the Tax Court decided a case that sheds important light on the meaning of the term “substantial risk of forfeiture” under section 83 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”). The...more

When Does Optionee Have A Legally Binding Right To Shares – Vesting Or Exercise?

Congress enacted Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code in 2004. Given the statute’s complexity, the expense associated with compliance and its iron-fisted results, I’ve been amazed that there hasn’t been a greater clamor...more

Options for Issuing Employee Equity in LLCs

Choosing the best type of entity for a company can be a challenge. C corporations are the norm for most emerging growth businesses, particularly those raising money from investors. However, LLCs are becoming more...more

New Medicare Tax Goes Into Effect January 2013: Year-End Tax Planning For Employers

The Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation team at Polsinelli Shughart have analyzed the potential implications of the new Medicare Tax to their clients' businesses and can provide direct and practical advice on your...more

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