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Monday, April 20, 2015

On the eve of the March 27, 2015 effective date for the DOL’s final rule amending the definition of “spouse” under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), a Texas district court preliminarily enjoined the rule’s application to the […]

Friday, April 17, 2015

Acting on reaction to a proposed and subsequently withdrawn regulation from October 2010 and attempting to address concerns expressed by both interested parties to the initial proposed regulation and an economic analysis by the Council of Economic Advisors (that the […]

Thursday, April 16, 2015

On April 16, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the “EEOC”) finally gave a peek into its thinking about what constitutes a “voluntary” wellness program under the Americans with Disabilities Act (the “ADA”). Recall that, while there are extensive wellness rules […]

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

In response to comments from the employee benefits community, the IRS has issued two updates in quick succession for the Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS). The new procedures – Rev. Proc. 2015-27 and Rev. Proc. 2015-28 – do not […]

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Companies should be aware that at least some major accounting firms are questioning whether discretionary aspects of clawback policies trigger variable accounting for compensatory equity awards granted by those companies. Existing accounting guidance (ASC 718-10-30-24) would seem to suggest that […]

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

For many years, medical plan drafting was viewed as a commodity. Insurance companies, third-party administrators and brokers often prepared summary plan descriptions and plan documents for self-insured medical plans using form documents. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act […]

Friday, April 3, 2015

Previously in this series of blog posts relating to the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), we discussed which couples do not have FMLA rights under the definition of “spouse,” as well as the limitations that can be placed […]

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

In the past few years, several large pension plan sponsors have sought to decrease the risk associated with their pension plans by purchasing group annuities to cover future payments or by offering a lump sum window during which eligible participants […]

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

In a prior post, we discussed which couples do not have federal FMLA rights under the new regulatory definition of “spouse.” Now that we know who can and can’t take FMLA leave as a husband or wife, the next question […]

Friday, March 27, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor’s issuance of a final rule amending the definition of “spouse” in the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) regulations has inspired us to prepare a new series of FMLA-related blog posts on the subject […]