A federal appeals court recently confirmed that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) prohibition of lifetime benefits maximums does not apply to retiree-only group health plans. However, the court ruled, the plan had failed to disclose this adequately as required by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The case is King v. Blue Cross & […]
When a court evaluates whether an employer has retaliated against an employee for taking medical leave, it often considers “temporal proximity”—that is, how soon an adverse action followed leave or a leave request.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Young v. United Parcel Service means employers need to think twice before treating pregnant employees under job restrictions differently than they treat nonpregnant employees who are similarly unable to perform their jobs temporarily. In a 6-3 ruling handed down March 25, the Court reached for middle ground between interpretations […]
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the Pregnancy Discrimination Act requires employers to accommodate pregnant employees, it announced July 1. The court agreed to review Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., a case from last year in which the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a corporate policy that does not include […]
The topic of e-cigarettes is smoking in the media—with controversy. The Food and Drug Administration is looking at regulations, and states and municipalities are either banning the use of the electronic smoking devices where regular cigarettes are prohibited or exempting the products from tobacco-use laws.
Yesterday, we looked at the case of Taylor v. United Parcel Service, Inc., in which longtime UPS supervisor David Taylor claimed he was entitled to back overtime pay. Today, the ruling of the California Court of Appeals
Litigation related to the misclassification of nonexempt employees has been heating up over the past few years, and class actions are a legitimate and potentially costly worry for employers.
Resources for Humans Managing Editor Celeste Blackburn reviews Punching In: The Unauthorized Adventures of a Front-Line Employee by Alex Frankel. Review recounts examples from the book that show how companies both win over and lose employee buy in. In his “Author’s Note” for Punching In: The Unauthorized Adventures of a Front-Line Employee, Frankel writes “the […]
Richard King was a valued United Parcel Service (UPS) supervisor in Redding for more than 30 years, until he was fired for falsifying an employee’s timecard. King contended in a lawsuit that the real reason for his termination was disability bias. But now a California appeals court has dismissed King’s suit—and the case is a […]