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|Executive Compensation - It May be Limiting Your Choices|
N.A. (Nick) Ammar, Hugh B. Wellons; Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC;
February 27, 2015, previously published on Deceber 18, 2014Many community banks have been under fire recently. Added regulatory burdens, additional disclosure responsibilities, cleaning up bad loans, streamlining the organization, staying ahead of cybersecurity threats, and, perhaps most important, trying to make money in a flat economy - these all...
|Florida’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional; Clerks Begin Issuing Licenses|
Scott Allen, Joy M. Napier-Joyce, Tasos C. Paindiris; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
February 26, 2015, previously published on January 8, 2015Ordering Florida court clerks to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle, in Tallahassee, has announced that his August 2014 decision finding Florida’s 2008 same-sex marriage ban violated the U.S. Constitution applied to all marriage-license...
|What Do Employers Need to Know About Competition Law? (Episode 9 - Group Boycotts)|
Hannah C. L. Ha, John M. Hickin; Mayer Brown JSM;
February 26, 2015, previously published on December 3, 2014 In the previous episode of this series, Mayer Brown JSM discussed how a non-solicitation agreement between competitors differs from the typical restrictive covenants in an employment contract. Colin, now feeling quite learned, is ready to learn more...
|New Sexual Harassment Provisions in Hong Kong|
Duncan A. W. Abate, Hong Tran; Mayer Brown JSM;
February 26, 2015, previously published on December 16, 2014On 12 December 2014 the Sex Discrimination Ordinance (“SDO”) was amended to make unlawful the sexual harassment of a person by a customer in the course of seeking to be provided with or being provided with goods, facilities or services by that person.
|IRS Releases Additional Guidance on Reporting Health Coverage Information|
Ronald G. Cluett, Joanne C. Youn; Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered;
February 26, 2015, previously published on February 25, 2015As the fifth anniversary of its enactment fast approaches, employers continue to confront significant challenges in determining and meeting their obligations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, as amended ("PPACA"). This is unsurprising given the fact that many...
|California Court Extends Whistleblower Protections to “Perceived Whistleblowers”|
Ruth Zadikany, Lori A. Zahalka; Mayer Brown LLP;
February 26, 2015, previously published on December 19, 2014Decision: In Diego v. Pilgrim United Church of Christ, a preschool employee alleged she was wrongfully terminated from her employment in violation of public policy as a result of the school director’s mistaken belief that she had lodged a complaint with the Department of Social Services,...
|Short-Term Disability Claim Administrator Abuses Discretion in ERISA Case When It Fails to Access Readily Available Information That May Confirm Plaintiff’s Theory
Colleen K. O'Brien; Semmes, Bowen & Semmes A Professional Corporation;
February 25, 2015, previously published on December 2014In Harrison v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., No. 13-2379 (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, December 5, 2014), the Court determined that Defendant abused its discretion by terminating the Plaintiff’s short term disability benefits. Specifically, the Court held that Defendant did not...
|Philadelphia Enacts Paid Sick Leave Ordinance|
David S. Kim, Salvador P. Simao; Ford Harrison LLP;
February 25, 2015, previously published on February 18, 2015Executive Summary: On February 12, 2015, the Philadelphia City Council passed, and Mayor Michael A. Nutter promptly signed into law, the Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces Ordinance ("Ordinance"). With this Ordinance, Philadelphia becomes the latest in a long list of...
|Impact of the Windsor Decision on Benefit Plan - Untying the Knots|
Eric D. Britton, James H. Culbreth; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP;
February 23, 2015, previously published on Fall 2014Just as men’s fashion has moved away from suits and neckties in the business setting, the Supreme Court of the United States reintroduced the Windsor knot in an entirely different way. In July 2013, in United States v. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court determined that Section 3 of the...
|An Employer May Take An Offset Against Workers’ Compensation Benefits Under Section 204(a) For Pension Benefits Funded By Its Wholly Owned Subsidiary.|
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman Goggin P.C.;
February 19, 2015, previously published on January 6, 2015Regis Stepp v. WCAB (FairPoint Communications, Inc.); 2270 C.D. 2013; filed September 10, 2014; Judge Leavitt
While the claimant was working for Company “A,” it was acquired by Company “B” as a wholly owned subsidiary. All employees of Company “B”‘s...