Topic: benefits

As Seen on Twitter: Top Employment Law News This Week

For your weekend reading and catch-up, here’s a quick look at some of this week’s popular law news covering hiring & firing, benefits, the ACA, employee (mis)classification, and other workplace issues. What’s hot this week in employment law and who is sharing it:   DOL Auditing Healthcare Plans for ACA Compliance – JDSupra lnkd.in/pGB_i9 —… Read more »

Health Plan Administration: SBC Deadline Approaches – Are You Ready?

Beginning September 23, 2012, health insurers and plan administrators will be required to distribute a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) to all participants. As its title suggests, the SBC is designed to describe benefits and coverage of a particular plan in clear language and a uniform format, and to help consumers better understand and… Read more »

Brinker Ruling: 5 Lunchtime Takeaways for California Employers

[Video: Brinker: California Supreme Court Clarifies Standards for Meal Period Rules – Steps Employers Should Take Now – by Allen Matkins] On April 12, 2012, the California Supreme Court ruled in Brinker Restaurant Group v. Superior Court of San Diego that while employers are required to provide meal breaks to employees, they need not ensure… Read more »

California Supreme Court Brinker Ruling: Employers Not Required to Ensure Lunch Breaks

The California Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited decision today in Brinker Restaurant Group v. Superior Court of San Diego, finding that employers are responsible only for providing lunch breaks to employees, not for making sure employees take them. From law firm Allen Matkins: “… the Supreme Court made three particularly significant pronouncements: (1) an… Read more »

Defined Contribution Plans: New Disclosures in 2012

A quick, January reminder that administrators of defined contribution plans are held to new transparency regulations in 2012, and that you have just a few months to change the way you handle such matters. Background from law firm Patterson Belknap: “The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has long been concerned about transparency regarding fees and… Read more »

Changes to 401(k), ERISA, and Health Care Plans in 2012: Are You Ready?

2012 is right around the corner, and with it a number of federally mandated revisions to employee benefits plans. For your reference, here’s a roundup of legal updates on expected 2012 changes to ERISA, 401(k), and health care plans: On ERISA plan disclosures… •  Service Providers to ERISA Plans: DOL’s New Disclosure Regulations Are Imminent—Are… Read more »