Employee with lung cancer, fired after seeking further leave, gets claims reinstated

Granting a warehouse manager’s motion for reconsideration in a suit arising from her termination during an ongoing battle with lung cancer, a federal court in Kentucky concluded the court had committed clear error in dismissing her claims of FMLA interference and retaliation and ERISA interference, and her cause of action under the Kentucky Equal Opportunities […]

Majority of U.S. employees do not believe their employers’ well-being initiatives meet their needs

Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of U.S. employers aim to improve their health and well-being strategies and programs over the next three years to differentiate themselves from organizations with which they compete for talent. This is up from the 18 percent that say they do so now, according to the 22nd annual Best Practices in Health […]

Health care spending passes $10,000 per person in 2016

Health care spending reached $10,348 per person in 2016, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid’s National Health Expenditure 2016 report. Overall, health care spending in the United States increased 4.3 percent to reach $3.3 trillion. The overall share of gross domestic product (GDP) related to health care spending was 17.9 percent in 2016, […]

American Benefits Council sends Congress suggestions for single national paid leave policy

In a December 6 letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Committee, the American Benefits Council (the Council) voiced its support for a single, national standard regarding paid time off. Such a National standard must be practical, voluntary, uniform, and flexible, the Council advises. The Council is a national trade association […]

Workplace leave policies are out of date, subcommittee is told

Public policy on paid leave and workplace flexibility options is behind the times, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) testified today during a subcommittee hearing on workplace leave policies and their impact on job providers and working families. There are numerous challenges with today’s approach to workplace policy, including compliance with a patchwork of […]

Employee can’t sue employer’s defense counsel for FMLA interference or defamation

An employee was unable to advance his claims of FMLA interference and defamation against the law firm representing his former employer (who he was also suing for discrimination). Granting the law firm’s motion to dismiss his claims, which were based on the defense attorney’s alleged conduct and statements during DOL proceedings, a federal court in […]

Spencer’s Benefits NetNews – December 15, 2017

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U.S. employees’ financial well-being falters

The financial well-being of U.S. employees reversed direction this year following several years of steady improvement, according to Willis Towers Watson. The biennial survey also revealed a large increase in the number of employees who say their financial woes are negatively affecting their lives and who are worried about their future financial situation. The 2017 […]

Employers need to respond to IRS ESRP letter within 30 days, experts warn

The IRS has started sending Letter 226J to employers for the 2015 plan year, which an applicable large employer (ALE) is likely to receive if the IRS determines that, for at least one month during the year, one or more of the ALE’s full-time employees was enrolled in a qualified health plan for which a […]

Pension & Benefits NetNews – December 12, 2017

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