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Firing Allegedly Motivated by Medical Bills

A court ruled that an employee’s termination for apparently violating an employer’s no-call, no-show policy may have been motivated to free the employer from the significant medical bills of the employee’s son, which arguably would violate the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The employee took medical leave from his position at Atlas Industries for…

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Taking Advantage of Your Summer Break – Revisit, Refresh, and Review

Handbooks. The mere mention of the company handbook typically sends HR professionals into a furious search for any project other than the company handbook. Sorry, I can’t work on the company handbook, I have to watch the paint dry in my office. For this reason, beyond passing them off during perfunctory onboarding, handbooks typically get…

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New ERISA Claims Procedures for Plans Providing Disability Benefits Effective April 1, 2018

HIGHLIGHTS: Administrators of employee benefit plans governed by ERISA should make sure now that the claims procedures contained in their affected benefit plans comply with new regulations applicable to disability benefits. The new regulations, intended to ensure the independence and impartiality of plan decision-makers when determining disability benefit claims, are effective for any claims filed…

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