Posts by Managing Editor

Cybersecurity and employee benefit plans

Brandon Long Cody Griffin While cyber attacks on financial institutions, email accounts and retailers are nothing new, the reality is that no industry is immune from cyber threats. In fact, a group appointed to advise the U.S. Department of Labor recently raised concerns that employee benefit plans may be particularly vulnerable to cyber threats related…

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EmployerLINC17: ‘Back to Basics’

The times they are a-changin’.
The transition of power from one administration to another means changes in leadership at the nation’s top federal employment agencies, changes in budgets and direction, and changes in enforcement priorities. While businesses are encouraged at the prospect of a decidedly pro-employer agenda, it remains to be seen how the overall landscape of the American workplace will change … as well as how quickly.

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JurisIQ Learning Center adds Spanish‑language courses

The JurisIQ Learning Center, an online training service provided by the law firm of McAfee & Taft, has announced its latest product expansion with the addition of Spanish-language versions of its employee-level courses. The expansion also includes companion Spanish-language quizzes with those training videos for employers who wish to test and track the comprehension skills…

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‘Employers Under Pressure’ draws record attendance

More than 1,100 executives, human resource professionals and benefits managers registered for EmployerLINC16, McAfee & Taft’s annual labor, employment and employee benefits seminar held at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City on March 30 and at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Tulsa on April 5. This year’s theme, “Employers Under Pressure,” focused…

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Leveraging wellness programs in the ACA age

The dawn of the Affordable Care Act age has sparked renewed interest in wellness programs by employers as a means to improve employee health and reduce health plan claims and costs. In fact, some wellness programs may actually help employers reduce their liability under the ACA’s forthcoming (but recently delayed) Cadillac Tax. While the solution…

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EmployerLINC16: ‘Employers under pressure’

The heat is on, and employers are feeling the pressure like never before. A changing workforce, uncertain economy, ever-changing (and sometimes conflicting) laws with no clear guidance, hidden surprises in the law, ramped-up enforcement initiatives by state and federal authorities, and the increased potential for litigation only add to the pressures of everyday life in…

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Transgender, sexual orientation and stereotyping issues in the workplace

While Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not specifically prohibit employment discrimination based on one’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, there is a growing trend, particularly at the federal level but also in some states, to expand civil rights protections to gay and transgender workers.  The U.S. Supreme Court…

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