Category Archives: Employee Benefits / Employment Law

In Pension Benefits, What Can an Employee “Reasonably Expect” From His Employer?

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The surprise answer to this question from the High Court: Perhaps more than the employer wants to offer. Anyway this was the question with which the English High Court recently had to grapple in a mammoth and no-doubt extremely expensive … Continue reading →

Marketplace Realities: Predictions for the Season Ahead

Willis commercial rate predictions: 2014

Our new line-by-line price predictions for the insurance industry in North America coincide with the start of the baseball season, and along with baseball fans everywhere, we’re full of hope – in this case, that the marketplace will continue to … Continue reading →

Don’t Confuse Email with Social Media in the Workplace

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There is a quite a bit (rightfully) being written about the challenges of addressing social media related employment actions (hiring / firing); I’ve written some of these myself. But there may be a key distinction between how an employer could … Continue reading →

Discipline an Employee for Breaking a Safety Rule? – The US Department of Labor May have Something to Say About That.

safety first?

It seems like a pretty simple concept: you break a safety rule (even if you are the injured party) and you can be disciplined. Many firms have used this process for years to enforce rules to keep their employees safe … Continue reading →

What Risks Will Emerge in 2014?

Shark Fin Emerging

Each year, we ask our subject matter experts what risks they’re keeping an eye on for the months ahead. Here are the ten emerging risks our bloggers are anticipating for 2014. Which do you think will actually emerge as a … Continue reading →

Your Boss is Monitoring Your Work Emails – And May be Required to Act on Them

Monitoring Employee

Courts have generally treated a firm’s computers and information, or communication stored on them, as the employer’s property. It was therefore somewhat perplexing to see the apparent surprise and consternation at the news that a major American university had accessed … Continue reading →

After 20 Years, is FMLA Easier to Administer? Not Since the DOMA Decision.

Baby With Two Mommies

The U.S. Family and Leave Act (FMLA) has been part of the workplace for over 20 years now and you would think that it would be easier for HR to administer.  But that is not the case. There are confusing … Continue reading →

The EEOC Goes Trolling


In what appears to be a first for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Commission used a mass email to 1,330 current and former employees of a company under an age discrimination investigation in order to solicit assistance in … Continue reading →

The 12 Risks of Christmas: How We Helped Santa This Year


Everyone knows Santa to be a great humanitarian and a “jolly old elf,” but he wants to be known for something else: business transparency. So, in our latest client meeting with St. Nick and his senior elf management, they asked … Continue reading →

Proposed OSHA Rule Change Could Mean Big Changes For How Some Employers Must Report Injuries

Accident Report

A proposed rule change announced by OSHA November 7 could be the first significant changes to the recordkeeping system since the introduction of the OSHA 300 log in 2001.  If adopted, the proposed rule would be a major change in … Continue reading →