Executive Briefing is an electronic newsletter that focuses on emerging developments in employment, labor law and employee benefits.
Access the full PDF version of the Employment and Labor Law/Employee Benefits Alert: Executive Briefing, October 2013
Introducing Stinson Leonard Street LLPWe are pleased to announce the merger of Stinson Morrison Hecker with Leonard, Street and Deinard, a 200-attorney firm headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our combined Employment, Labor and Employee Benefits Practice Group will consist of more than 45 attorneys, which will allow us better to serve clients in the Midwest and throughout the U.S. Leonard, Street and Deinard's Employment and Labor Practice is among the largest and most experienced in the Twin Cities. As at Stinson, Leonard Street’s attorneys represent employers in the whole range of employment, labor and employee benefits legal services employers need including helping to craft policies, procedures and plan to ensure compliance and minimize legal claims, as well as representing employers in court and before government agencies when claims arise. We are excited to increase our presence and capabilities, and to demonstrate how our collective employment law experience can benefit both new and existing clients.
For more information about the combined firm visit StinsonLeonardMerger.com.
What Does the Government Shutdown Mean For Employers Using E-Verify?As a result of the federal government shutdown, both E-Verify and E-Verify Customer Support are currently unavailable. While employers may continue to accept applications, interview and make job offers to candidates, employers will not be able to verify employment eligibility through E-Verify, view or take action on any E-Verify case, resolve Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs), or run reports. Read the full eBrief to learn more or to access the link to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's webpage, which provides information regarding the effect of the government shutdown on E-Verify.
Affordable Care Act Updated: Healthcare Exchanges Open and Large Employers Get a Temporary ReprieveHealthcare exchanges, a central part of the Affordable Care Act (the Act), opened on October 1st. What does that mean for employers? The answer is – it depends. To learn more about your obligations under the Act read the full version of the eBrief.
Department of Labor Adopts, For ERISA Purposes, "State of Celebration" Rule For Same-Sex MarriagesThe Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that, for ERISA and Internal Revenue Code purposes, it now recognizes same-sex marriages that are valid where performed, regardless of where the same-sex couple resides. Following on the heels of Internal Revenue Service guidance adopting the same "State of Celebration" rule, the new DOL guidance provides another piece of the puzzle as to how the Supreme Court's United States v. Windsor decision will affect employee benefit plans.
Update: New OFCCP Rules for Hiring Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans, Effective March 24, 2014 The new Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' rules, which update the requirements under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, were officially published creating an effective date for compliance of March 24, 2014. To learn more about the rules and requirements for "hiring goals," read the full version of the eBrief.
A Broader Approach to ADA AccommodationsThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently issued an opinion that may lead to an increase in requests for accommodation, and subsequent lawsuits over such requests.The case also serves as a reminder that accommodation in order to enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform an essential job function is not the only reason why reasonable accommodation may be required under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read the full version of the eBrief to learn about the duty to accommodate to ensure individuals with disabilities enjoy "equal benefits and privileges of employment."