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HTMLLabor Department Provides Guidance on ERISA Coverage of State-Run Retirement Programs for Private Sector Employers
Brenna M. Clark, Adam B. Cohen, Carol T. McClarnon, W. Mark Smith, Allison E. Wielobob; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
November 24, 2015, previously published on November 23, 2015
In recent years, a number of states have explored the idea of establishing state-run retirement plans for private sector employees who do not have access to employer-sponsored retirement plans. The preemption concerns under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA),...


HTMLProposed Changes to Overtime Rules
Charles R. Bacharach; Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
November 17, 2015, previously published on Fall 2015
President Obama has announced that he wants changes to the regulations that define which employees are exempt from the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).


HTMLNew Legal Theories Providers vs. Health Plans
John R. Paliga; Gordon Feinblatt LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
November 17, 2015, previously published on Fall 2015
Health care providers have continued to file lawsuits challenging the adverse decisions of health plans. In the cases discussed below, the providers had mixed success in pursuing two different, novel theories of alleged health plan wrongdoing.


Adobe PDFDOL Issues New Model FMLA Forms
Emily E. Mahler; Margolis Edelstein;
Legal Alert/Article
November 13, 2015, previously published on July 2015
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued updated model Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms and notices, as the prior forms expired in February 2015. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the DOL is required to submit FMLA forms every three years to the Office of Management and...


HTMLIRS Announces Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Limits for 2016 Applicable to Retirement Plans
Sharon Kowal Freilich, George J. Kasper, Nancy D. Lapera, Herbert H. Moorin; Pullman & Comley, LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
November 10, 2015, previously published on October 2015
The Internal Revenue Service has announced the cost of living adjustments (COLA) applicable to dollar limitations for retirement plans for 2016. Most of the limits that currently apply to the 2015 plan year will not change for the 2016 plan year.


HTMLImportant April 30, 2016 Deadline to Adopt Updated Pre-Approved Defined Contribution Retirement Plans
Suzanne G. Odom; Nexsen Pruet, LLC;
Legal Alert/Article
October 26, 2015, previously published on October 20, 2015
All employers who are using a pre-approved form for their 401(k), profit sharing, or other defined contribution plan must sign updated documents on or before April 30, 2016 to preserve the tax-qualified status of the plan.


HTMLIllness Does Not Protect Employees against Dismissal
Michael Rainer; GRP Rainer LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 21, 2015, previously published on October 19, 2015
According to the LAG Rheinland-Pfalz in its ruling of May 20, 2015 (Az.: 7 Sa 694/14), it is possible for a sick employee to be dismissed as long as his illness is not the reason for the dismissal.


HTMLTacoma's New Paid Sick Leave Ordinance: What Employers Need to Know
Rochelle Nelson; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
October 5, 2015, previously published on September 28, 2015
Tacoma has now joined Seattle as the third city in Washington State to mandate paid sick leave for employees (certain hospitality and transportation workers employees in SeaTac also receive this benefit). The new law will go into effect February 1, 2016.


HTMLORPP Update: Employers and The Ontario Retirement Pension Plan
Sonia T. Mak; Borden Ladner Gervais LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
September 24, 2015, previously published on September 18, 2015
The Ontario Ministry of Finance released more information on the key features of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) on August 11, 2015. By 2020, everyone employed in Ontario (other than certain "exempted" employees) will accrue pension benefits under either a "comparable...


HTMLGuidance for Employers on UK Gender Pay Gap Reporting Requirements
Elena Cooper; Duane Morris;
Legal Alert/Article
September 15, 2015, previously published on September 14, 2015
Employers should be aware of new gender pay gap reporting requirements that are coming into effect in the UK in March 2016. This Alert provides guidance for organisations to consider in regards to complying with these reporting requirements.


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