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4 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Listed in Who’s Who Legal, Labour & Employment 2017

Four attorneys from global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP have been recognized in Who’s Who Legal: Labour, Employment & Benefits Guide 2017. Featured in the guide are: Labor & Employment Peter W. Zinober, who specializes in the defense of employment discrimination cases in state and federal court, both jury and non-jury, as well as wage … Continue Reading

Recent Florida Supreme Court Decisions on Workers’ Compensation Could Lead to Higher Premiums

In two long-awaited decisions, the Florida Supreme Court declared several provisions of the state’s workers’ compensation statutes unconstitutional, weakening legislative reforms approved in 1994 and 2003 intended to curb the system’s growing costs and higher premiums for employers and businesses. The rulings, in Castellanos v. Next Door Company and Westphal v. City of St. Petersburg … Continue Reading

Order Grants Federal Contractors 7 Sick Days a Year: What Could These Additional Benefits Mean For You?

On Monday, Sept. 7, 2015, President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order (the “Order”) that requires federal contractors to grant at least seven days of annual paid sick leave to their employees. The Order gives an estimated 300,000 federal contractors new access to paid sick leave. Under the Order, employees of federal contractors will earn … Continue Reading

Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law Becomes Effective July 1, 2015

The Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law (Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 149, § 148C), approved by a statewide ballot question last fall, goes into effect July 1, 2015. As of July 1, 2015, all employers must comply with the statute. Applicable regulations promulgated by the Massachusetts Attorney General have also been issued. Importantly, all employers operating … Continue Reading

Philadelphia Employers with 10-Plus Employees Now Required to Offer Paid Sick Leave

Written by Kelly Dobbs Bunting and Christiana L. Signs On Feb. 12, 2015, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed into law a new chapter in the Philadelphia Code, “Promoting Healthy Families and Workplaces,” that requires employers with 10 or more employees in Philadelphia to provide paid sick time to certain workers. The ordinance takes effect on … Continue Reading

There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

Employees at large companies have at various times received nice perks as part of their jobs. 401(k) matches are pretty standard fare these days. Bonuses on Wall Street and at other firms during bull markets are legendary. But sometimes the everyday work incentives are a little more generous. The perks showered upon tech company employees … Continue Reading

Third Circuit Increases Liability for Employers Issuing Routine Mandatory FMLA Notices

In an important decision, the Third Circuit recently held in Lupyan v. Corinthian Colleges, Inc. that an employee’s sworn statement — and nothing more — that she did not receive management’s mailed notification that her leave was designated as qualifying under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), created a fact question precluding summary judgment … Continue Reading

DOL and HHS Seek to Enhance Care Benefits Under COBRA

On May 2, 2014, the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the Department of Labor (DOL) released proposed regulations, which contain changes to the existing COBRA notice requirements. These changes are intended to incorporate applicable provisions under the Affordable Care Act into the COBRA notice requirements. The proposed regulations provide updated versions of the model general … Continue Reading

Obama Administration Announces Delays for the Reporting and Penalty Requirements for Employers

With: Nancy Taylor and Danielle White Last week, on July 2, 2013, the Obama Administration announced a one-year delay in the application of penalties associated with the employer shared responsibility requirements established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Pub. L. No. 111-148, and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, Pub. L. No. 111-152 (collectively, the … Continue Reading

Employer Mandate Delay

With: Nancy Taylor and Danielle White On Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013, the Obama Administration announced a one-year delay in applications of penalties associated with the employer shared responsibility requirements established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Pub. L. No. 111-148, and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, Pub. L. No. 111-152 (collectively, … Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Portion of DOMA as Unconstitutional: The Impact of the Decision on Employee Benefit Plans

On June 26th, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in United States v. Windsor. In a 5-4 decision, the Court concluded that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional as applied to lawful marriages. This decision has an extremely widespread impact, as it affects more than 1,000 federal statutes and … Continue Reading

The New Health Care Law

Health Care Coverage Reporting Requirements Now that the Supreme Court has ruled and upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as the New Health Care Law), employers will need to start focusing in earnest on the Act’s requirements. Some parts of the Act have gone into effect already, but most of the … Continue Reading

New Remedies Under ERISA for Employees Harmed by Misinformation

Employers providing employees with benefits subject to ERISA have a duty to provide accurate benefit information to employees. As with many areas of ERISA, the definition of “inaccurate” information and the consequences to employers for providing inaccurate information has been unclear. The United States Supreme Court addressed this gray area of ERISA in CIGNA Corp. … Continue Reading

Which Employers Will Be Responsible For Health Coverage In 2014?

The new health care law, otherwise known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), requires that, beginning after December 31, 2013, “applicable large employers” must provide affordable health coverage to their full-time employees.   Failure to do so may subject these employers to a shared responsibility payment, or an “assessable payment,” pursuant to Internal … Continue Reading

A New Definition of “Fiduciary” Under ERISA Expands Liability For Providing Employee Benefit Plan Investment Advice

            The Department of Labor (DOL) has recently published proposed regulations under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to expand the definition of who is a fiduciary with respect to employee benefit plan investment advice.               Service providers will bear the immediate costs of these new regulations through compliance efforts and the need to purchase fiduciary … Continue Reading
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