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The Current Status of the Non-Employee Workforce

Posted on August 12th, by Liz Jutila in Uncategorized. No Comments

On August 10, 2016, three of our California HR team lawyers provided a complimentary one-hour webinar that explored important recent developments in California and at the federal level on independent contractor misclassification, uncompensated training programs, and joint employer liability. The presentation also includes a brief update on new developments of interest in employee benefits.

Topics discussed during the one hour webinar include:

Independent contractor classification, including recent litigation, settlements, and legislative efforts
Uncompensated training programs and internships
Joint employer liability, focusing on recent decisions and administrative agency guidance

To view the presentation, please visit the Drinker Biddle website here.


Fees, Fees and More Fees

Posted on May 18th, by Liz Jutila in Uncategorized. No Comments

On May 11, 2016, three of our California HR lawyers provided a complimentary one-hour webinar about focused on what plan sponsors need to know about their benefit plan fees. The presentation also included a brief update on new developments of interest in labor and employment.

Topics during the one-hour webinar included discussions of:

Update on 401(k) fee litigation and participant claims
Fee disclosures and review
What the fiduciary proposal means to plan sponsors
Don’t forget welfare plan fees!

To view the presentation, please visit the Drinker Biddle website, here.


How to Get the Most Out of Your Employee Payroll Audit: Avoiding Discrimination Under the California Fair Pay Act and in Employee Benefit Plans

Posted on March 16th, by Liz Jutila in Uncategorized. No Comments

On March 2, 2016, three of our California HR lawyers provided a complimentary one-hour webinar about employee discrimination issues from both the labor & employment and employee benefits perspective. The webinar focused primarily on the California Fair Pay Act and employee inclusion/exclusion issues in benefit plans.

Topics during the one-hour webinar included discussions of:

The newly enacted CA Fair Pay Act requirements
Internal Revenue Code prohibitions and describe some common fixes for employee inclusion/exclusion issues in retirement plans
A step-by-step payroll/compensation audit guide to address both concerns simultaneously
What employers should do on an ongoing basis to comply with the CA Fair Pay Act

To view the presentation, please visit the Drinker Biddle website, here.


When Employees Go Bad

Posted on September 9th, by Liz Jutila in Uncategorized. No Comments

On August 26, 2015, three of our California-based lawyers presented a complimentary one-hour webinar on the legal issues in handling a range of employee malfeasance. Topics on the labor & employment side included:

Theft, drugs, violence and sexual harassment
Triage – containment, investigation, security
Anti-retaliation concerns
Law enforcement involvement
Civil and criminal court recourse

And on the employee benefits’ side, the topics included:

Anti-Slayer laws in qualified plans
Plan complaints and ERISA section 510
ERISA bond coverage

To view the presentation, please visit the Drinker Biddle website, here.


Dangers of Employee Misclassification

Posted on March 10th, by Liz Jutila in Uncategorized. No Comments

Three of our California-based Drinker Biddle lawyers from our California HR team provided a complimentary one-hour webinar on issues that may impact California employers if their employees are misclassified.

Topics discussed during the one hour webinar included:

The different factors used by government agencies and courts in determining independent contractor classification
Best practices in classifying workers as independent contractors
Proper worker classifications under retirement and group health plans
Employer responsibility for offering health coverage to full-time employees when using staffing firms
 Consequences of misclassifying workers

Date:   April 9, 2015
Time:   noon pacific time/3:00 pm eastern time

To view the presentation, please visit the DrinkerBiddle website, here.


Hot Topics in Federal Agency Enforcement

Posted on July 3rd, by Liz Jutila in Uncategorized. No Comments

Four of our California-based Drinker Biddle lawyers from our California HR team provided a complimentary one-hour webinar on current hot topics that may impact California employers as they deal with Federal agency enforcement plans.

Topics discussed during the one hour webinar included:
• The EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan and its impact on employment separation agreements and releases
• What the DOL and IRS are looking for when they audit your retirement plan… and what you should do about it
• The Department of Labor’s modernization of the FLSA overtime exemptions
• Strategies for surviving a DOL investigation or IRS audit of your retirement plan
• The National Labor Relations Board’s focus on employee rights to engage in concerted activity, and the impact on employer confidentiality agreements, social media policies, and arbitration agreements

Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. Pacific (1:00 p.m. Eastern)

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Impact of Mergers & Acquisitions on California Employers

Posted on April 3rd, by Liz Jutila in Uncategorized. No Comments

On April 29, 2014, four of our California-based Drinker Biddle lawyers from our California HR team provided a complimentary one-hour audiocast on the impact of mergers & acquisitions on California employers.

Topics discussed during the one-hour conference call included:

Wage and hour compliance;
Employee Classifications — exempt vs. non-exempt and independent contractors;
Integration of key policies, such as vacation, personal days, sick pay and leaves of absence;
Impact of asset sale vs. stock sale on transaction;
Dealing with qualified plans in a merger;
Impact on group health plans, including MEWA issues, COBRA and FSAs;
Due Diligence requirements for both sellers and buyers; and
Timing of terminating a 401(k) plan in the merger.

Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Time: 9:00 a.m. Pacific (12:00 p.m. Eastern)
Location: Audiocast

To listen to the presentation, please visit the Drinker Biddle website, here.






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