Related to: Compliance

The Supreme Court Reaffirms the Need to Have Accurate Plan Summaries

On May 16, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a complicated, but important decision that should cause employers to review all of their summary plan descriptions (“SPDs”) and other communications materials. CIGNA Corp. v. Amara No. 09-804 (May 16, 2011). While the Supreme Court decision dealt with a cash balance plan, and even though the…

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NLRB Alleges Employer Unlawfully Discharged Employee for Facebook Posting

Unionized and non-unionized employers alike should take notice of a complaint issued recently by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), alleging that an employer unlawfully terminated one of its employees for criticizing her supervisor on Facebook.   According to the NLRB’s complaint, American Medical Response (AMR), an ambulance service in Connecticut, required employee Dawnmarie Souza…

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DOL Expands FMLA Rights for Members of Non-Traditional Families

On June 22, 2010, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an administrative interpretation letter clarifying the definition of “son or daughter” under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  This clarification expands certain FMLA rights of employees in non-traditional families, including both opposite-sex and same-sex partners, through its interpretation of the “in loco…

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