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September 19, 2013
Yesterday the SEC proposed the controversial pay-disparity rules that will require companies to disclose the median annual total compensation of all employees and the ratio of that median to the annual total compensation of the company’s CEO. Click for a few features of the proposed rules we found interesting.
September 4, 2013

No later than October 1, 2013, almost all employers must provide their employees with a written notice regarding the health insurance coverage available on the Exchanges (an Exchange Notice) established under the Affordable Care Act (the ACA). Thereafter, the same employers must provide the Exchange Notice to new employees within 14 days after the date of hire.

July 11, 2013
July 5, 2013
No later than July 31, 2013, most employer health plans will be required to pay so-called “PCORI Fees.” This Client Alert explains the purpose of PCORI Fees, which plans must pay them, and how to calculate them. We also provide links to the IRS forms with which the fees must be submitted.
July 1, 2013

On Monday, June 24, 2013, a sharply divided Supreme Court made it harder for employees to win discrimination and retaliation suits against their employers. In a pair of 5-4 decisions, the Court limited how juries can decide retaliation lawsuits, requiring victims to prove employers would not have taken action against them “but-for” their intention to retaliate. The Court also held a person must be able to hire and fire someone to be considered a supervisor in discrimination lawsuits.

June 26, 2013
On June 23, 2013 the Supreme Court issued two opinions concerning same-sex marriage. This Client Alert provides a brief summary of the cases, as well as information concerning the effect of these opinions on employee benefit plans and, at the end, provide action items for employers.
May 20, 2013
May 20, 2013

Over the past year, there has been a marked increase in Department of Labor (“DOL”) audits of qualified retirement plans.  It appears that not only has the number of audits increased, but so has the DOL’s expectations of plan fiduciaries.  Most recently, it has been reported that during routine audits, DOL officials seek documentation as to the level of fiduciary training that has been given to plan fiduciaries.  The DOL takes the view that fiduciary training evidences prudent fiduciary practice.

May 10, 2013
May 10, 2013
In a 4-3 split decision, on May 3, 2013 the Nebraska Supreme Court in Fisher v. Payflex Systems USA, Inc. held that paid time off (PTO) is the same as accrued but unused vacation that must be paid upon separation of employment under the Nebraska Wage Payment and Collection Act (the Act).
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