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EEOC Proposes Rule Related to Employer Wellness Programs

April 22, 2015 - 2:26 PM

By: Nicole C. Baldwin

On April 20, 2015, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) published a proposed rule related to employee wellness programs. Employee wellness programs are typically offered by employers to improve employee health and reduce costs associated with health care.  Such programs often include incentives, such as cash or other prizes, to encourage employees...
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California Employers Must Provide Paid Sick Leave Starting Next Year

September 11, 2014 - 10:09 AM

By: Robin E. Largent

As expected, yesterday Governor Brown signed the paid sick leave bill (AB 1522) into law, making California the second state to mandate that employers provide paid sick leave to their employees (Connecticut was the first).  This means that starting in July 2015, California employers generally will have to provide their employees with at least 3...
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S.F. Bay Area Employers Must Provide Commuter Benefits by September 30

April 28, 2014 - 3:00 PM

By: Robin E. Largent

The Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program, SB 1339, was enacted in 2012 to allow two local Bay Area agencies—the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District—to jointly adopt a commuter benefit ordinance requiring  employers to offer commuter benefits to covered employees.  These agencies have now adopted a...
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Open Enrollment Approaching:  Should We Be Concerned About Health Reforms?

November 7, 2011 - 2:31 PM

By: Mark S. Spring

Many employers are about to embark on the annual open enrollment period where they modify their health benefits (or at least consider doing so) and undergo the process of enrolling employees for the 2012 calendar year.  Certain provisions of Obamacare (officially known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or "PPACA" for short), have...
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California Employers Must Now Provide Health Benefits for Four Months for Pregnancy Disability

October 7, 2011 - 5:52 AM

By: Robin E. Largent

This week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 299, legislation requiring California employers to continue group health coverage to employees on pregnancy disability leave for up to four months.  California employers with five or more employees have long been required to comply with California's law permitting employees disabled by pregnancy to take...
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Is Sabbatical a Form of Vested Vacation Benefits?

August 8, 2011 - 2:02 PM

By: Robin E. Largent

Employers who offer paid sabbaticals to their long-term employees probably should not be sued, but apparently they are not immune. In Paton v. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., the plaintiff resigned his employment with AMD and then brought a class action against AMD alleging that the company failed to pay out earned but unused sabbatical pay....
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Supreme Court Reaffirms That Summary Plan Documents Do Not Create Benefit Rights Different From Formal Plan Terms

May 17, 2011 - 9:34 AM

Some pundits are calling CIGNA Corp. v. Amara, et al., decided May 16, 2011 by the United States Supreme Court,a very important case changing the landscape of employee benefits litigation. It has been described as eliminating the requirement that employees prove detrimental reliance on miscommunications about benefit plan terms in order to obtain relief. We read...
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Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Legislation Passes Assembly Judiciary Committee

April 29, 2011 - 9:21 AM

By: Robin E. Largent

Paid sick leave legislation has been proposed and defeated in recent legislative sessions in California. This legislation has been proposed again this year, and just passed the Assembly Judiciary Committee largely along party lines. The proposed legislation, whichwould require California employers to providepaid sick days to employees (otherthan those covered by collective bargaining agreements)is...
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