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  • Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    By Dena B. Calo and Ruth A. Rauls
    The #MeToo movement has empowered women and men to speak out about their personal experiences with sexual harassment in and around the workplace. People may choose to speak out in various ways—for example, by reporting a formal complaint to their employer, sharing their allegations on social media, or making other public disclosures. The discussions—and sometimes very public statements—about inappropriate conduct, sexual harassment, or even sexual assault have shined a spotlight on the pervasiveness of the issue across multiple industries. The impact of these #MeToo allegations, resignations, and public discourse should prompt companies to reexamine their processes for handling complaints and allegations.
  • Monday, July 16, 2018

    By Jane Meacham, Contributing Editor
    Retirement plan trade organizations and advocates, law firms, and other affected parties proposed to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) an expanded range of circumstances they believe merit review and determination letter judgment by the tax agency

  • By Timothy K. Baldwin
    An employer must abide by the holiday and vacation pay policies in an employee handbook it provided during a job interview to an applicant it later hired, the Rhode Island Superior Court recently ruled. Because the employer never notified the employee of any changes to the policy during her employment, she was entitled to back wages for the holiday and vacation pay
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  • Friday, July 13, 2018
    Following a flood of investment derisking activity after the 2008 global financial crisis, defined benefit (DB) plan sponsors now face the fallout from years of rising demand for insurer buyouts of pension benefit obligations (PBOs).

  • By Charlie Plumb
    On June 26, Oklahoma became the 30th U.S. state to legalize the use of medical marijuana. For months we’ve been reviewing this measure and monitoring activity in other states in an effort to anticipate what impacts the legalization of medical marijuana might have on Oklahoma as well. Without a doubt, Oklahoma employers will face a time of uncertainty in the coming months as many questions remain unanswered. Nevertheless, there are some important steps you should take now to address workplace issues certain to arise in the future.
  • Thursday, July 12, 2018

    By Adam R. Bennett
    The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio recently reaffirmed that the interactive process under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employees to engage equally with their employers.
  • Wednesday, July 11, 2018

    By Tammy Binford, Contributing Editor
    While much of the attention surrounding President Donald Trump’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court has been on abortion, the Second Amendment, and other hot-button issues, his stance on employment issues is not to be overlooked.
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  • Automated features now standard for most employer-sponsored retirement plans helped bring about a record 8.3-percent average participant deferral rate in 2017—the highest level in a decade, according to a recent T. Rowe Price study. The rise in employee deferral amounts perpetuates a trend started in the years after the 2008 financial crisis.

  • By Patricia Heyen
    The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a former employee failed to establish a case of discrimination because she couldn't show that her former employer treated her differently than similarly situated employees outside her protected class. Specifically, the court held that one of the allegedly "similarly situated" employees had more than twice the experience of the former employee and therefore wasn't similar to her in all relevant aspects. The court's opinion serves as an important reminder that when you make employment decisions, you should consider how you've treated all employees who share the same supervisor, duties, qualifications, and experience to reduce the risk of potential discrimination claims.
  • Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    Continuing from yesterday’s post, here’s more valuable information you’ll want to consider when developing and implementing a financial wellness training program.
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