Is This Gross Misconduct That Excuses COBRA?


As many of you know, an employer does not have to offer COBRA health insurance coverage to an employee who’s discharged for “gross misconduct.”
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Top Ten Benefit and Compensation Issues in Employment & Separation Agreements


When a company negotiates either an employment agreement or separation agreement with an employee, the employee benefits offered are typically a large piece of the total package.
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DOL Proposes to Move FLSA Salary Threshold to $35,308


Yesterday, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a much anticipated Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) proposing to increase the salary threshold for the so-called “white collar” exemption from the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) applicable to “bona fide” executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employees.
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Two Cheers for Deferred Taxation of Qualified Equity Grants


The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act added a new tax deferral to encourage private corporations to grant more equity awards. If you’re thinking about it, consider whether the juice is worth the squeeze.
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DOL Provides Clarity & Relief after 5th Circuit Vacates Fiduciary Rule


For over two years, employers and financial institutions (specifically broker-dealers) that managed investments for retirement plans have been dealing with compliance and administration of the Department of Labor (DOL) Fiduciary Rule (the “Fiduciary Rule”), which primarily expanded the definition of “fiduciary” and created new prohibited transaction exemptions under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (IRC).
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