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HTMLUpdate For Retirement Plans Post-Windsor
Stuart O. Baesel, Sandra Mills Feingerts, Lorie Maring; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 6, 2014, previously published on August 1, 2014
Now that some of the dust has settled on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor, employers who haven’t done so already should take immediate steps to review their retirement plan documents and administrative practices to determine if any changes or amendments are needed.

 

HTMLAre Your Beneficiary Designations Heir Tight?
Sandra Mills Feingerts; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 6, 2014, previously published on August 1, 2014
An often-neglected area in the world of benefit plan administration is the beneficiary designation form. Many participants complete their beneficiary designations incorrectly because they don’t read the instructions carefully or don’t understand the instructions. Beneficiary designation...

 

HTMLIRS Issues Final Regulations On Longevity Annuities
Sandra Mills Feingerts; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 6, 2014, previously published on August 1, 2014
With the goal of providing retirees with more options to manage their retirement income, the IRS issued final regulations on “qualified longevity annuity contracts” (QLACs). A QLAC is a type of deferred annuity that commences at an advanced age and continues for the life of the retiree.

 

HTMLRhode Island Enacts New Social-Media Privacy Law
Amber L. Elias; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 6, 2014, previously published on August 1, 2014
Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee recently signed the 2014 Student and Employee Social Media Privacy Acts into law. In a press release, lawmakers said that the new law was modeled on similar laws in California that are “considered one of the nation’s strongest social-media privacy laws in the...

 

HTMLOverseas Work Assignments: Three Tips To Protect Employees
Fisher Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2014, previously published on July 31, 2014
With the globalization of the marketplace, more employers are sending employees overseas for work.

 

HTMLExecutive Order Protects Federal Contractor LGBT Workers
Cheryl L. Behymer; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 4, 2014, previously published on July 22, 2014
Yesterday President Obama issued an Executive Order extending antidiscrimination protection on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as including these categories in affirmative action requirements. Regarding the federal contractor obligations, the Secretary of Labor will...

 

HTMLIllinois Embraces "Ban The Box"
Scott Fanning; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 4, 2014, previously published on July 23, 2014
On July 19, 2014, Illinois joined a growing number of states prohibiting employers from asking about applicants’ criminal histories early in the hiring process.

 

HTMLRhode Island Enacts New Social-Media Privacy Law
Amber L. Elias; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 2, 2014, previously published on August 1, 2014
Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee recently signed the 2014 Student and Employee Social Media Privacy Acts into law. In a press release, lawmakers said that the new law was modeled on similar laws in California that are “considered one of the nation’s strongest social-media privacy laws in the...

 

HTMLIndependent Contractors for Global Organizations
Annie Lau; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 29, 2014, previously published on July 14, 2014
As the global market grows seemingly smaller, more and more companies are expanding their reach around the world. Some companies send U.S. employees overseas, while others hire locally, or even utilize local independent contractors. As in the United States, companies must be mindful of the risks...

 

HTMLFLSA "Per Diem" Claims On The Rise
Ted Boehm; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
July 25, 2014, previously published on July 15, 2014
A recent U.S. Labor Department press release highlights a growing area of scrutiny under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act: Paying "per diem" amounts to non-exempt employees.

 


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