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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

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

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

SJC Finds that Employee’s Unauthorized Copying of Proprietary Information Did Not Give Employer Grounds to Discontinue Severance

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On February 4, 2016, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) held in Eventmonitor, Inc. v. Leness that an employer breached its agreement with a former employee when it reclassified the employee’s termination from...more

At Will? What’s That?

Did you know that employees in most countries outside the United States have a contractual right to continued employment, whether or not they have written contract? If an employer does not provide an employee with a written...more

Be Global - A look ahead to key international employment law developments expected in 2015

by DLA Piper on

In This Issue: - ASIA PACIFIC: - Australia: Gender Equality Reporting Update - China: Predicted Increase in Collective Bargaining - China: Compliance with 10% Cap on Dispatch Workers - Hong Kong:...more

EEOC’s Tough Stance on Employee Separation Agreements

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Employers like separation agreements. Separation agreements, of course, are contracts that employees sign when their employment is terminated that allows them to be paid severance and in exchange they usually give up the...more

How to Avoid Being the Next Casualty in the EEOC’s War on Employee Separation Agreements

In its current Strategic Enforcement Plan, the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says that it is fed up with and will target employer “policies and practices that discourage or prohibit individuals from exercising...more

Severance Agreements: The New Lightning Rod

by Fisher Phillips on

Remember 2010? Not that long ago, yet as of that year, employers could rest pretty comfortably at night knowing that their garden-variety workplace rules would instill peace and control at the plant, store, or office, not...more

Supreme Court: Severance Payments Are Wages Subject To FICA Taxes

by Fisher Phillips on

On March 25, 2014 the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that a certain type of severance payment known as supplemental unemployment compensation constituted “wages” subject to Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA)...more

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