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[Podcast]: Severance Pay Plans & ERISA

In this benefits law edition of The Proskauer Brief, senior counsel Anthony Cacace and partner Robert Projansky discuss how severance plans can be subject to ERISA. We will discuss the key advantages of having severance pay arrangements covered by ERISA and what employers can do to design plans that comply with the substantive and procedural requirements of ERISA, but … Continue Reading

[Podcast]: The Proskauer Brief: Employee Benefit Plan Related Issues in the Context of Disaster Recovery Situations (Part 2 of 2)

Unfortunately, disaster scenarios have become all too common and can cause significant disruption for employers, employees and their affected family members. In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, Paul Hamburger, co-chair of Proskauer’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group, explores the unique issues that employers must consider when preparing their employee benefits disaster … Continue Reading

[Podcast] The Proskauer Brief: Employee Benefit Plan Related Issues in the Context of Disaster Recovery Situations (Part 1 of 2)

Unfortunately, disaster scenarios have become all too common and can cause significant disruption for employers, employees and their affected family members. In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, Paul Hamburger, co-chair of Proskauer’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group, explores the unique issues that employers must consider when preparing their employee benefits disaster … Continue Reading

SCOTUS Denies Cert in Regular Rate Case; Ninth Circuit Decision Requiring Overtime on “Cash-in-Lieu” of Benefits Stands

Even the Supreme Court doesn’t want to talk about the regular rate of pay. The City of San Gabriel, California, provides a flexible benefits plan to its employees under which they receive a designated monetary amount to be used to purchase medical, vision, and dental benefits. Employees can decline to purchase medical benefits (say, because … Continue Reading

NJ Businesses and Lawmakers Continue Debate over Municipal Sick Leave Laws

Controversy continues to stir over the growing number of municipal sick leave laws in the State of New Jersey.  To date, nine such localities—Bloomfield, East Orange, Irvington, Jersey City, Montclair, Newark, Passaic, Paterson and Trenton— have required employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees.  No other state in the nation has anywhere near … Continue Reading

Sick Leave Trend Continues in New Jersey, Constitutional Challenge Begins

This week Bloomfield became the ninth locality in the State of New Jersey to require employers to provide sick leave to their employees, joining Jersey City, Newark, Passaic, East Orange, Paterson, Irvington, Trenton, and Montclair. Bloomfield’s new law is quite similar to the other sick leave laws in New Jersey.  Employers in the city with … Continue Reading

Third Circuit Nixes EEOC Retaliation Suit

Last week, in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) v. Allstate Insurance Co., No. 2-01-cv-07402 (3d Cir. Feb. 13, 2015), the Third Circuit affirmed that the defendant did not violate federal anti-retaliation laws by offering thousands of terminated at-will employees the opportunity to continue working as independent contractors in exchange for signing a release. By way … Continue Reading

No End In Sight For Wave of Paid Family and Sick Leave Laws

Employers have been scrambling to keep up with the multitude of paid sick leave laws that were passed in the last several years.  These laws vary by jurisdiction and often can’t be easily reconciled into a uniform policy — an issue for multi-state employers.  As reported in today’s New York Times, President Obama is asking … Continue Reading

The Top 10 Trends in New Jersey Employment Law in 2014

2014 was another busy year for developments in New Jersey employment law, including in ten key areas—whistleblowing, pre-employment inquiries/background checks, amendments to the Law Against Discrimination (“LAD”), LAD litigation, wage and hour, the Family Medical Leave Act, sick leave, states of emergency, arbitration, and “unemployment discrimination.”  Read our Top 10 newsletter to learn more about … Continue Reading

More Practical Employment Law Issues Facing Government Contractors as the Federal Government Shutdown Continues

As the federal government shutdown enters its third week, it remains unclear when a deal will be forged. We have been helping government contractors navigate the difficult legal issues raised by the continued government shutdown and previously published an alert, Practical Employment Law Issues Facing Government Contractors in the Wake of the Federal Government Shutdown, … Continue Reading

Are You Ready for the Final Wage Deduction Rules?

The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) issued final Wage Deduction regulations, effective October 9, 2013. This alert examines these regulations, which set forth the requirements for making authorized lawful deductions from employee wages under Section 193 of the New York Labor Law (NYLL), plus describe the mandatory requirements for recovering overpayments due to … Continue Reading

New Jersey Pay Equity Measure Says No Reprisals Against Employees Requesting Information About Co-Workers

On August 28, 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed A-2648 to add a new non-retaliation pay equity measure to the Law Against Discrimination (“LAD”) (hereinafter, the “amendment” or “law”). The amendment prohibits an employer from retaliating against any employee who requests information concerning the job title, occupational category, rate of compensation (including benefits), gender, … Continue Reading

Illinois Expands Employee Classification Act

On July 23, 2013, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (Dem.) signed into law two amendments to the Employee Classification Act, a law that regulates the classification of workers in the construction industry.  The Act imposes a three-pronged test to determine independent contractor status for individuals, along with a 12-part test for individuals operating as sole proprietors … Continue Reading

NJ Trucker Law

On Thursday, May 30, 2013, the New Jersey Senate gave final legislative approval to a controversial bill to establish a presumption that port and parcel delivery truck drivers are employees of the companies for which they make deliveries.  If the bill is signed into law, such drivers will no longer be considered independent contractors – … Continue Reading

Connecticut IC Trucker

On June 24, 2013, Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy signed into law the “Act Concerning Certain Motor Vehicles and Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits” after lawmakers unanimously approved the measure.  The law, which takes effect on October 1, will make it easier for independent truck operators in the state to be deemed independent contractors for purposes of … Continue Reading

Rhode Island Laws Extend Paid Benefits to Caregivers

On July 11, 2013, the Governor of Rhode Island signed a new bill into law which will expand the state’s temporary disability insurance program to provide wage replacement benefits to workers who take time off to care for a seriously ill family member. This alert examines the provisions of the new law, which takes effect … Continue Reading

Special Alert for Employers and Other Benefit Plan Sponsors: How Will the Supreme Court’s DOMA Decision Impact Your Employee Benefit Plans?

The U.S. Supreme Court decision in United States v. Windsor, holding that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, will affect virtually all employers across the country. While the Court’s decision means that the federal government will generally recognize same-sex spouses as married for purposes of federal laws, protections and … Continue Reading
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