All Items: Employee Benefits

  • EEOC Releases Employer Wellness Programs Final Rules

    Date:
    May 25, 2016

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued final rules on employer wellness programs, which address employee protections under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

  • Supreme Court Sidesteps ACA Contraception Case

    Date:
    May 17, 2016

    The Supreme Court will not resolve a contentious case involving the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) contraceptive coverage requirement Instead, it issued a unanimous ruling that sends Zubik v. Burwell back to the lower courts without any broad pronouncement.

  • DOL Finalizes ERISA Fiduciary Rule

    Date:
    April 12, 2016

    The US Department of Labor has released its Final Fiduciary Rule under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The Final Rule streamlines many of the more burdensome aspects of the proposed rule and stresses the importance of eliminating any potential conflicts of interests.

  • Supreme Court Hears New ACA Contraceptive Coverage Challenge

    Date:
    March 25, 2016

    The Supreme Court heard arguments this week in a closely-watched case involving the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage requirement. But during the 90 minute argument in Zubik v. Burwell, the now eight-person Court appeared equally divided. If the justices split 4-4, that would mean religious-based organizations in different parts of the country would have differing obligations.

  • Federal Court Denies Motion to Dismiss ERISA Proposed Class Action

    Date:
    March 4, 2016

    A federal court has denied an employer's motion to dismiss a proposed class action lawsuit, Marin v. Dave & Buster's, Inc. The lawsuit alleges that the employer violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) by reducing workers' hours in anticipation of higher costs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

  • Vermont Passes Paid Sick Leave Legislation

    Date:
    February 23, 2016

    Vermont's legislature has passed a paid sick leave law (H.B. 187), which is now on Governor Peter Shumlin's desk for signature.

  • What Justice Scalia's Death Means for Pending Employment Cases

    Date:
    February 19, 2016

    Justice Antonin Scalia's death last weekend in the midst of the presidential race has put the Supreme Court at the center of a political firestorm. And with his seat likely to remain vacant for the remainder of the term, it figures to have a significant impact on pending labor and employment cases at the nation's highest court.

  • Illinois Narrows 'Disqualifying Misconduct' for Unemployment Insurance Benefits Claims Purposes

    Date:
    February 11, 2016

    A recent amendment to Illinois law and an Illinois Supreme Court ruling have clarified the meaning of "misconduct" that disqualifies a former employee from collecting unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. While both the new law and the ruling provide needed guidance, employers in the state may find it harder to fight a benefit claim on this basis if they do not have specific policies in place.

  • Biggest Class Action Settlements Totaled $2.5 Billion (With a 'B') Last Year, Report Finds

    Date:
    January 27, 2016

    A downward trend in the size of settlements reversed last year, as plaintiffs figure out ways to work around a Supreme Court ruling that made it more difficult for plaintiffs to prove commonality to bring a class action.

  • Wellness Program LawfuI Under ADA's 'Safe Harbor,' Federal Court Rules

    Date:
    January 6, 2016

    The US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin has ruled that wellness programs that are part of an insurance benefit plan may fall under the "safe harbor" exception to the Americans with Disabilities Act's (ADA) general prohibition that a covered employer require a medical examination, unless the examination is job-related and consistent with business necessity.

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