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As has been the case for several months now, health care legislation has been front and center. However, the Department of Labor (DOL) has recently issued final regulations impacting health and welfare plans that will become law, and are not up for debate, as are other health care changes. On Dec. 16, 2016, the DOL published final regulations on disability benefits claims procedures for any group plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA) that provide for disability benefits (the “Final Rule”). This Final Rule applies to any disability claims filed on or after Jan. 1, 2018, and will apply not only to health and welfare plans that provide for disability benefits, but also any qualified retirement plans that may offer disability benefits.
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By Robert G. Brody and Alexander Friedman
President Trump had an eventful first year in the labor and employment arena. With his first year in office now wrapping up, this is a perfect time to look back at how the Trump Administration's policies have shaped labor and employment law issues at both the federal and state level, and where we expect to go in 2018.
By David Gialanella
A federal appeals court offered a clear rule earlier in 2017, in holding that employees must be paid for breaks lasting 20 minutes or less, but private suits on that issue have been few, and appear poised to remain so, practitioners say.
By Erin Mulvaney
How can companies make sure they have sexual harassment policies in place to protect interests and employees? The authors talked to several attorneys about common pitfalls and the lay of the land in the corporate environment right now. Here are highlights from those conversations.
By Shane G. Ramsey and David M. Barnes, Jr.
When a corporation determines to file for Chapter 11 protection, questions concerning the status of existing labor and employment agreements and viability of employee claims immediately arise. Indeed, there are litanies of potential pitfalls for companies that file for bankruptcy without strictly following the requirements of federal or state employment laws.