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A Plan Sponsor’s Guide To Selecting Retirement Plan Providers

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Since I was about nine and saw it on HBO, one of my favorite movies has been Caddyshack. I loved Caddyshack years before I even liked golf and years before I was mature enough to get all the jokes. One of my favorite scenes...more

Maryland Becomes Ninth State to Enact Paid Sick Leave

by Morgan Lewis on

The Healthy Working Families Act requires certain Maryland employers with 15 or more employees to provide paid sick leave. Maryland became the ninth state, along with the District of Columbia, to enact paid sick leave...more

CEO Does Not Get Whistle Blower Protections for His Opinions

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

In order to get whistleblower protection under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, whistleblowers have to subjectively believe that fraud was occurring, their belief has to be reasonable, and they have to make a report to the...more

Pennsylvania Overtime Rules Will Be in Flux

by Cozen O'Connor on

Remember all the confusion and upheaval when the Obama administration proposed sweeping changes to the salary thresholds for exemption from overtime pay until a federal court shot down the effort on the eve of its effective...more

Mexico’s Unit of Measure and Update (“UMA”), new values to Increase on February 1, 2018

On January 10, 2018, Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography issued in the Official Gazette of the Federation the daily, monthly, and annual value of the Unit of Measure and Update (UMA) that will become...more

Term contracts: What you need to know

by Dentons on

A recent decision of a Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission (FWC) has opened the door to employees on maximum term contracts bringing unfair dismissal claims by overturning the principle that the expiry of a term contract...more

New Disability Benefit Claims Procedures Become Effective April 1, 2018

by Williams Mullen on

The Department of Labor announced earlier this month that regulations on claims and appeals for employer-provided disability benefits will go into effect on April 1, 2018. The announcement comes following a delay in the...more

Iceland’s Pay Equity Law: The Start of a New Approach?

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Iceland has been touting gender pay equity legislation as a short-term goal since early last year. So it is no surprise that the country’s new law — which mandates pay equity for males and females – went into effect a few...more

DOL Adopts More Flexible Test for Classifying Interns

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

The Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced its adoption of a new test on January 5, 2018, for determining whether interns are employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). In recent years, many for-profit employers...more

9 Top Trade Secrets You Need to Protect Now

by Revision Legal on

In practice, a trade secret can be pretty much anything. The federal Trade Secrets Act, 18 U.S. Code § 1839(3), defines a “trade secret” as...more

Nemo Est Supra Leges

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

This past week’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement nationwide I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Audit of 7-Eleven stores reminds us that no one is above the law. In the early morning hours of January 10, 2018,...more

Not Your Grandad’s Facebook? Targeted Social Media Ads Spur Age Discrimination Lawsuit

Can you target advertisements to a group based on age? The Communications Workers of America (CWA) and several individuals think not and filed suit against T-Mobile, Amazon, Cox Communications, and Cox Media Group. The...more

A New Year, Another OSHA Update

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

OSHA had an active 2017. Now that we have rung in the new year, let's talk about how those changes are impacting employers in 2018. Reporting - Employers obligated to post OSHA Form 300A summaries should begin preparing...more

New Disability Claims Regulations Take Effect for All Plans April 1, 2018

by Snell & Wilmer on

As noted in our previous blog post, The New Disability Claims Regulations: They Don’t Only Apply to Disability Plans, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued regulations that revise the ERISA claims procedure regulations for...more

Mental Health Disabilities – What to Do?

by Ruder Ware on

We are seeing a growth in disability claims based upon mental health conditions which is very troubling for employers because it is hard to understand whether an employee actually has a mental health condition and it is...more

The DOL Reissues Previously Rescinded Opinion Letters

by Benesch on

Under the Obama administration, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced that it would no longer issue opinion letters. It also rescinded 17 opinion letters that had been issued under the Bush administration....more

Reminders for US Public Companies for the 2018 Annual Reporting and Proxy Season

by White & Case LLP on

This memorandum outlines certain considerations for US public companies in preparation for the 2018 annual reporting and proxy season. Part I of this memorandum discusses new developments and practical action items for the...more

Breweries, Breweries, Everywhere!

by Bowditch & Dewey on

It’s not your imagination, breweries really are popping up everywhere. In December of 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released a “Spotlight on Statistics” for the brewing industry. Titled “Industry on Tap:...more

Compensation Season 2018: Section 162(m) and Related Considerations Post-Tax Reform

by White & Case LLP on

On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Act") was signed into law. The Act includes significant changes to the executive compensation deduction rules contained in §162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code (the...more

Littler Global Guide - India - Q4 2017

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Delhi High Court: “Mere Physical Contact” Not Sexual Harassment - On October 31, 2017, the Delhi High Court passed a landmark judgment in the case of Shanta Kumar v. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)...more

New California Employment Law May Impact Acquired Employees' Compensation In The M&A Context

Effective January 1, 2018, California Labor Code Section 432.3 was amended to, among other things, prohibit any employer – public or private – from "seek[ing]" salary and compensation history from applicants for employment....more

A New Year, A New Wellness Program

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: New Year’s resolutions typically address health and well-being. Many among us have resolved this year to get off the couch, to sweat a bit more often to the “oldies,” to meditate and be mindful, and to eat...more

Littler Global Guide - Germany - Q4 2017

by Littler on

Strengthening of Company Pension - Only around 60% of employees in Germany have a company pension plan, which they use to provide for retirement in addition to the statutory pension. This is set to change from January 1,...more

Now It’s Pennsylvania’s Turn – Governor Wolf Announces Proposed Increases to Minimum Salary Requirements for State Law Overtime...

As many will recall, the U.S. Department of Labor issued regulations in May 2016 that would have increased dramatically the minimum salary requirements for the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “white-collar” overtime exemptions. ...more

Maryland Statewide Paid Sick Leave Law Set to Take Effect on February 11, 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

Absent further action by the Maryland General Assembly, a new sick leave law known as the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (the “Law”) will take effect in Maryland by February 11, 2018. ...more

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