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  • Monday, September 25, 2017
    U.S. employers’ cost to provide employee benefits, measured as a percentage of pay, increased 24% between 2001 and 2015, fueled largely by a doubling in healthcare benefit costs, according to a new analysis by Willis Towers Watson (WTW). The analysis, according to WTW, “reveals a major shift in how employers allocate benefit dollars and prompts questions as to whether they are delivering the benefits their employees want.”
  • An employee's various health problems and injuries caused her to accumulate multiple absences, and she was terminated. Is she entitled to unemployment benefits under South Dakota law?
  • Friday, September 22, 2017
    During the 2015 legislative session, and later in the 2017 regular legislative session, lawmakers started redrafting the sections of the New Mexico Workers' Compensation Act (WCA) that seemed unfair and unworkable to many employers. The revisions became law on June 16, 2017. Now, when a worker is fired for cause unrelated to a workplace injury, the worker is no longer eligible for workers' comp benefits beyond the basic impairment rating benefit.
  • Thursday, September 21, 2017
    For all their many faults, the exemptions, especially the full BICE, provided compliance professionals with a long checklist of specific compliance items. The Impartial Conduct Standards are somewhat more vague and do not necessarily lend themselves to easy compliance checklists.
  • The U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania—recently heard a dentist's claim that her discharge constituted age discrimination. What did the court decide?
  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    As yet another attempt to kill the Affordable Care Act (ACA) heats up in Washington, employers wondering how a new law might affect their benefit plans are advised to stay tuned. And with lawmakers facing a short timetable, at least some answers should be coming soon.
  • Bar none, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is the hardest employment law to administer for employers and the easiest to abuse by employees. That double whammy often results in frustrated employers making rash decisions, which, of course, lead to lawsuits. And so goes the following case, in which the employer gave the employee more than the required amount of FMLA leave and then terminated him for taking several vacations during his time off.
  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    What happens if an employee files a lawsuit that includes both representative claims under the Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (PAGA) as well as individual claims for unpaid wages? May the employer enforce arbitration of the individual claims for unpaid wages, even though PAGA claims aren't subject to arbitration? A recent case before the California Court of Appeal answers that question.
  • Monday, September 18, 2017
    Although disability-based harassment/hostile work environment claims have been recognized by the courts for a while, they aren't very common. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit—which covers Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas—recently rejected an employee's claim of disability-based harassment under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), finding her employer's good-faith efforts to engage in the interactive process to identify a reasonable accommodation didn't create a hostile work environment. This case is worth a closer look.
  • Friday, September 15, 2017
    Employers and others have until September 25 to submit comments to shape the rule governing which workers are eligible for overtime pay. Once the deadline passes, employers will face a waiting game before learning what changes may be in store.
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