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Executive Briefing, May 2014

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05.30.2014

Executive Briefing focuses on emerging developments in employment, labor law and employee benefits.

Access the full PDF version of the Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits: Executive Briefing, May 2014

ADA Reasonable Accommodation Requests: Avoid Rigid Policies and Consider Technology

The EEOC recently issued an "Informal Discussion Letter," addressing an employer's use of sample forms for responding to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation requests. The EEOC cautions against setting absolutes in how individualized circumstances are addressed. Read the full Executive Briefing for additional information regarding the necessity of building flexibility in ADA policies and procedures, and how changes in technology may affect those policies.

IRS Issues Guidance on Qualified Plan Amendments Regarding Same Sex Spouses

Employers have been considering the impact on benefit programs, including qualified retirement plans, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision recognizing the validity of same sex marriages. In Notice 2014-19, the IRS provided guidance on when qualified retired plans must recognize same sex marriages. Read the full Executive Briefing to learn more about the required amendments.

OSHA to Refer Untimely Claimants to the NLRB

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are teaming up to tackle workplace safety concerns. Under the agencies’ arrangement, OSHA will refer employees’ untimely OSH Act complaints to the NLRB, and the NLRB will help employees decide whether to file an unfair labor practice charge. In this month's Executive Briefing, learn what union and non-union employers can expect from the NLRB/OSHA collaboration.

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