On May 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed rules with amendments to the notice requirements under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA). The proposed amendments are intended to align the COBRA notice requirements with the Affordable Care Act…
To ensure retirement plans comply with an ever-changing array of federal statutes and regulations and maintain their tax qualified status, the Internal Revenue Service has implemented a process for pre-approving plan documents prepared by law firms, brokerage firms, insurance companies, and other service providers on a six-year cycle.
Employers are well aware of their obligation to act promptly to stop harassment or discriminatory behavior in the workplace when it is committed by employees. But this obligation can be more extensive. Employers are required to maintain a harassment-free workplace, and that can mean addressing inappropriate or harassing behavior directed toward employees by third parties, […]
It is rumored that President Reagan once referred to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) as Every Ridiculous Idea Since Adam. ERISA serves important purposes in our society, but it also presents tremendous challenges and potential liabilities for good-intentioned employers who merely want to provide nice benefits to their employees.
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Legislature clarifies ‘misconduct’ definition for denial of unemployment claims
For the second time in two years, the Oklahoma Legislature has passed reform related to the definition of “misconduct” as defined in the Employment Security Act. The reform provides clarification to employers as to which employee actions may constitute misconduct so that the employee is not entitled to unemployment benefits.
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Advances in technology require another look at telecommuting as a reasonable accommodation
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals revived an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) suit brought on behalf of an ex-Ford Motor Company worker, showing that courts are warming to telecommuting as an ADA accommodation. As a result of the decision, more employees are likely to ask to work from home.
Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services released an interactive security risk assessment tool intended to assist employers who sponsor self-insured group health plans in complying with their HIPAA security rule obligations. As background, HIPAA requires self-insured group health plans and their business associates to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of their electronic […]