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Small Business And Retirement Savings: The Push For Multiple Employer Plans
While the overwhelming majority of workers at large US companies can participate in tax-favored retirement plans, coverage falls rapidly for smaller employers...
United States
15 Oct 2019
ERISA Arbitration Looks Safer; Ninth Circuit Reverses District Court, Sends Fiduciary Dispute To Arbitration
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit's recent reversal of the district court's decision in Dorman v. Charles Schwab & Co. has finally opened the door to arbitration of ERISA ...
United States
7 Oct 2019
UK Employment Law Update, October 2013
Welcome to the latest issue of the Steptoe & Johnson UK Employment Law Update.
United States
4 Nov 2013
UK Employment Law Update - January 2013
The latest updates in employment law, and a practical insight on managing workplace issues on a proactive basis.
28 Jan 2013
What’s Happening In 2013? - Key UK Employment Issues
The Employment Law Updates are aimed at providing information on recent developments in UK employment law.
8 Jan 2013
Equal Pay Claims In High Court
The Supreme Court held by a majority decision that equal pay claims which were out of time in an Employment Tribunal can proceed as breach of contract claims in the High Court.
16 Nov 2012
Guarantee Payments
Where an employer fails to provide work for an employee who would normally be required to work in accordance with his contract of employment the employee is entitled to a statutory guaranteed payment.
16 Nov 2012
Holiday Pay
In this case the Supreme Court considered whether pilots were entitled to receive supplementary payments in addition to their basic pay during periods of annual leave.
15 Nov 2012
Financial Incentives
The FSA has published a guidance consultation on the risk to customers from financial incentives paid to sales staff.
15 Nov 2012
Employment Law 2012 Looking Ahead To The Changes
This will increase from 1 year to 2 years for new employees commencing work with an employer with effect from 6 April 2012.
United States
19 Mar 2012
ERISA Advisory - Supreme Court's Newest ERISA Decision
The Supreme Court’s recent decision in CIGNA Corporation v. Amara, 563 U.S. ____ (5/16/11), may revolutionize the way that employee benefit plans are drafted and the ability of plan participants to overturn provisions that they object to; or it may turn out to be the articulation of theories that have no practical impact.
United States
24 May 2011
Protections For Employees Called Into Military Service And Employer-Provided Benefits
As a result of the tragic events of September 11, many employees have had or will have to leave work to commence active military duty. The call-up of an employee to active military duty affects an employer because this triggers the application of various federal statutes and regulations in connection with employer’s sponsorship and administration of its employee benefit and welfare plans.
United States
21 Jul 2004
The Challenge Of Providing Health Benefits For Domestic Partners
As the political and social climate in the United States has changed, and the growing economy has (at least until recently) increased competition among employers for skilled workers, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of "domestic partner" benefits offered by employers to unmarried heterosexual or homosexual couples since the first major reported benefits were offered by the Village Voice in 1982.
United States
14 Jul 2004
VEBAs: Possibilities For Employee Benefit Funding
VEBAs, or "voluntary employee beneficiary associations," are arrangements which include a trust established to fund certain benefit plans of the employer; usually the trust is referred to as a "VEBA." Employers segregate assets used to fund employee benefits for a number of reasons -- to set aside or earmark funds from the employer’s general assets, to satisfy obligations to a union, to generate tax benefits from prefunding, or to create an offsetting asset for an employer’s liability.
United States
5 May 2004
Split-Dollar Life Insurance Significant Changes In Store For The Future
"Split-dollar life insurance" is a widely used method of providing death benefit coverage, primarily to executives. After decades of scant formal guidance on the issue, the Internal Revenue Service has issued two major announcements on the tax treatment of split-dollar in the past two years. New guidance on split-dollar arrangements was issued early in 2002 and the IRS is promising to issue proposed regulations soon.
United States
15 Apr 2004
On Second Thought: Modifying Retiree Health Plans - No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
>"But you promised!" is a refrain heard by parents of toddlers and teenagers. Like these parents, employers too are often puzzled as to when, how, and the extent to which they have made certain promises to employees. These implied promises can be expensive and disruptive when they involve employee benefits, particularly retiree medical benefits allegedly promised on a "permanent" basis to former employees and retirees. This article reviews cases discussing such implied promis
United States
13 Apr 2004
Proceed with Caution - The New DOL Claims Procedures Regulations
Although sponsors of employee benefit and welfare plans may be busy amending their plans and filing determination letter requests to comply with the new law, they need to remember that their plans also need to meet the requirements of the new Department of Labor (DOL) claims procedures regulation finalized on November 21, 2000 (the Regulation). Generally, the rules of the Regulation apply to claims filed on or after January 1, 2002.
United States
13 Apr 2004
Stock Option Fundamentals
Although the decline in the stock market boom has made stock options less profitable for executives than they were in the past decade, they nonetheless remain a widely used and significant form of compensation. This article discusses the basic structure of stock option plans, the tax and accounting rules that apply to incentive and non-statutory stock options and employee stock purchase plans, and developments that could affect such arrangements in the future.
United States
8 Apr 2004
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