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Preparing for Tax Reform: The Current State of Play on Proposed Changes to Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits

On November 16, 2017, the House of Representatives voted to approve its version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Senate is expected to vote on its version of the bill following the Thanksgiving break, which would require a...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Proposes Sweeping Changes in Compensation and Benefit Taxation

On November 2, 2017, Congressman Kevin Brady of Texas, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Proposed Bill") in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Proposed Bill...more

7 Steps To Sever Ties With An Employed Physician

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It is always unpleasant for a healthcare entity or medical practice to have to sever ties with an employed physician, but it is sometimes necessary. Perhaps the physician has committed serious policy violations or lost an...more

Executive Compensation Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: The End of Executive Compensation As We Know It

If enacted, the newly proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would effectively put an end to many of the most widely used forms of executive compensation: - Deferred compensation and stock options would disappear. - Use of...more

Acquirers Beware: Salary History Bans Impact Employment Diligence and Arrangements

New state and local laws might change employment salary due diligence and post-closing arrangements in M&A deals New state and local laws might change employment salary due diligence and post-closing arrangements in M&A...more

The Macron Ordinances - Topic 1: New Rules on Dismissals

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New rules to reform French employment law, as announced in our previous client alert of September 19th, 2017, have been published in the French official journal on September 23rd, 2017. Some measures are immediately...more

Barème des indemnités de licenciement prud'homales, comment ça marche ?

C’est officiel : le barème des indemnités pour licenciement irrégulier ou sans cause réelle et sérieuse est en vigueur. Please see full Publication below for more information. ...more

The publication of the Macron ordinances

by White & Case LLP on

The long-awaited reform of French employment law is now on track. The French government (the "Government") presented five draft ordinances outlining the different topics and related modifications that should be formally...more

Terminated Employee Awarded Aggravated Damages for Employer's Conduct

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Termination of employment can cause an employee a great deal of hardship. This is especially true when allegations of misconduct and insubordination are at play. The case of Lalonde v. Sena Solid Waste Holdings Inc, 2017 ABQB...more

Development of court practice on tax disputes over charging personal income tax on amounts paid to employees by agreement at...

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On 16 June 2017 the RF Supreme Court rendered a ruling in case No. ?42-7562/2015. In this case the court considered a dispute between Murmansk Trawl Fleet PJSC (hereinafter MTF) and the Federal Tax Service Interdistrict...more

Separation Agreement Drafting Error Corrected By Michigan Appeals Court

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A Michigan appellate court denied an attempt by an employee to receive a severance jackpot based on a drafting mistake made by his former employer. Notwithstanding the employee’s entitlement, based on the terms of his...more

First Circuit Rules that Bankruptcy Court “Retention of Jurisdiction” Provisions Not Enough to Establish Jurisdiction

It is very common for bankruptcy court orders to provide that the court retains jurisdiction to enforce such orders. Similarly, chapter 11 confirmation orders routinely provide that the bankruptcy court retains jurisdiction...more

Contemplating a Severance Plan? Consider ERISA

by Snell & Wilmer on

A severance plan may be subject to the requirements of ERISA as an employee welfare benefit plan. The determination of whether a severance plan is subject to ERISA depends in large part on whether the plan is part of an...more

Germany: News on Disqualification Periods Following Termination Agreements

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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

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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

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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

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