Bulletin Item: Workers’ Compensation Reform Developments Continue

The Assembly Insurance Committee was recently scheduled to vote on the controversial reform measure (ABX4 1) proposed by Gov. Schwarzenegger just after he took office in November. However, the committee postponed the vote, which likely would have resulted in the bill’s defeat. The governor and legislators have now entered into talks to reach a compromise […]

Bulletin Item: A Massive Overtime Class Verdict Reduced

In Bell v. Farmers Insurance, an appellate court threw out part of the verdict awarding employees more than $1 million allegedly owed for unpaid double-time compensation. The court, however, let stand the jury’s unanimous verdict for unpaid time-and-a-half overtime compensation totaling nearly $88.8 million.

Workplace Investigations: New Law Clears Way For Employers To Use Outside Investigators; What You Need To Know

For several years, employers have struggled with whether they have to comply with the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s (FCRA) detailed notice and disclosure rules when they use outside experts to investigate employee misconduct, such as harassment. The uncertainty stemmed from a now infamous opinion letter from the Fair Trade Commission that stated reports prepared by […]

Employee Dating: Court Upholds Employer’s Nonfraternization Policy After Supervisor Terminated For Dating Subordinate

Given how much time employees spend at work, it’s no surprise that romantic liaisons often develop. Many turn into happy relationships, but some end in disaster—for both the participants and their employer. This is particularly true when one person has direct or indirect control over the other at work, which can lead to allegations of […]

Health Insurance: New Health Savings Accounts–What They Are And How They May Impact Benefits Plan Choices

When the sweeping new Medicare law was recently signed into law, bundled within it was an unrelated but key provision for employers—the creation of tax-free Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). We’ll explain what HSAs are, who’s eligible, and what they could mean for you and your employees. We’ll also highlight a few potential downsides you should […]