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
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 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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
A formal complaint is lodged. An allegation is made. A rumor swirls. So begins a workplace investigation. But did you know that how you conduct a formal workplace investigation is just as important as its ultimate outcome?Read More