Spencer’s Benefits NetNews – September 22, 2017

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Deli worker fired for leaving store without telling managers may have given timely FMLA notice a day later

A deli worker, who was fired for job abandonment the day she left the store without giving managers notice, raised triable issues on whether she provided “adequate and timely notice” that she was requesting FMLA leave based on evidence that her father called the next day to say she was seeking medical care and provided […]

New York expands paid sick leave benefits for 9/11 responders

New York has expanded unlimited sick leave benefits for public sector officers and employees who developed a qualifying health condition as a result of their heroic response to 9/11 rescue, recovery, and clean-up efforts at World Trade Center sites. Under the law, individuals would be eligible for unlimited paid leave at 100% of their regular […]

Less than half of employed Americans have workplace group life insurance

When asked if they had auto, health or home insurance, 80 percent of Americans say they have at least two of these. But over half of employed Americans (55 percent) don’t have voluntary group life insurance provided by their employer. In a March 2017 survey conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of OneAmerica®, only […]

DOJ will drop Fifth Circuit appeal of overtime rules

On September 5, 2017, attorneys for the Justice Department asked the Fifth Circuit to voluntarily dismiss as moot the interlocutory appeal of the preliminary injunction granted in State of Nevada v. U.S. Department of Labor. That injunction had blocked the Department of Labor’s controversial final overtime rule, which would have doubled the salary threshold for […]

Uninsured rates for some groups rose, survey finds

Uninsured rates rose for people aged 35 to 49, adults making more than 400 percent of the poverty level, and those living in states that did not expand Medicaid, according to a survey by the Commonwealth Fund. However, the overall uninsured rate has remained statistically unchanged from 2016 at 14 percent, or 27 million working-age […]

IRS gives tax relief to victims of Hurricane Irma

The IRS has announced that Hurricane Irma victims in parts of Florida and elsewhere have until Jan. 31, 2018, to file certain individual and business tax returns and make certain tax payments. The relief parallels that granted last month to victims of Hurricane Harvey. This includes an additional filing extension for taxpayers with valid extensions […]

Employers look to reduce work-from-home options, but job candidates not on board

While there is a trend among some larger companies of bringing remote workers back into corporate offices, candidates still expect work from home options, according to new data from the MRINetwork 2017 Recruiter Sentiment Study. Increased collaboration, creativity, mentoring and innovation are employers’ intent, but they may be alienating top talent in the executive, managerial […]

IRS encourages leave-based donations due to Irma

The IRS has provided special relief designed to support leave-based donation programs to aid victims of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Irma. Under these programs, employees forgo their vacation, sick, or personal leave in exchange for cash payments the employer makes to charitable organizations providing relief for the victims of this disaster. Under this special relief, […]

Prescription drug spending in U.S. among highest worldwide

Prescription drug spending in the United States exceeds spending in nine other high income countries, with generic drugs comprising 84 percent of the total pharmaceutical market. Besides the U.S., a Commonwealth Fund issue brief looked at prescription drug spending in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Prescription drug […]