John A. Papahronis James C. Prince If you are a governmental or tax-exempt employer that sponsors a 403(b) retirement plan, there are important developments that require your attention. For many years, the IRS offered little guidance to employers as to the specific plan document requirements applicable to 403(b) plans. However, recently the IRS has approved…Read More
Brandon P. Long Judy Burdg Melissa J. Cottle Within the past year, the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor have issued new guidance impacting 401(k) retirement plans. At the same time, new lawsuits have been filed against plan fiduciaries. The list of rules that plan administrators must keep track of is longer…Read More
The Trump administration’s efforts to aggressively enforce the nation’s immigration laws now include increased investigations and audits to identify undocumented workers in America’s workplaces. Federal agencies, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), have ramped-up their hiring of field office and enforcement personnel to ensure U.S. employers are complying with employment verification and eligibility requirements.Read More
Roberta Fields . Charlie Plumb In a culture that has become increasingly divisive on a number of fronts – including matters of race, religion, politics, ethnicity and gender, just to name a few – what can employers do to ensure that such tensions don’t permeate the workplace? Better yet, what can employers do to create…Read More
In the wake of the recent transition of power in Washington, D.C. from one administration to another, McAfee & Taft’s annual labor, employment and employee benefits seminar attracted more than 1,100 registrants searching for answers about what changes lie ahead with new leadership at the nation’s top federal employment agencies, changes in budgets and direction,…Read More
The JurisIQ Learning Center, an online training service provided by the law firm of McAfee & Taft, has announced the release of its new Healthcare Law Compliance training module for healthcare providers, employers with self-funded health plans, business associates, and other covered entities. With the announcement, McAfee & Taft released an informational video (see video…Read More
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.
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…Read More
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…Read More
Federal law requires a governmental employee to file a constructive discharge claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within 45 days of the “matter alleged to be discriminatory.” The vagueness of that phrase has called into question when the clock actually starts. Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court made it clear in a 7-1…Read More