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Porter Wright Launches Employee Benefits Blog

Employer Law Report is pleased to share with you the launching of Porter Wright’s latest blog – Employee Benefits Law Report – which we have created as a resource to help guide employers of all sizes through the complex administrative and legal challenges facing their employee benefit plans.

This blog – edited by my partners Ann Caresani and Rich Helmreich – will provide the latest information in a wide range of areas related to Employee Benefits including:

  • ERISA and employee benefits litigation
  • Health care reform
  • Retirement plans
  • Audits and correction
  • Benefits issues related to mergers and acquisitions
  • Employee Stock Ownership

Recent Terminations Highlight Need For Health Care Employers To Focus On Employee Education Regarding Social Media

We are starting to see an increase in the number of news articles reporting on health care facilities terminating employees for violating patient privacy on their facebook pages or other social media. 

Last December, one such incident made a fair number of headlines when a Mississippi hospital worker responded to a tweet from the Governor of Mississippi, Haley Barbour, regarding the state’s “dire fiscal situation” and soliciting ideas to trim expenses.  The employee responded with a tweet that said the Governor should “schedule regular medical exams like everyone else instead of paying UMC employees over time to do it when …

Supreme Court declines to hear retiree benefits case

This is an update to my prior post on January 2, 2008 regarding retiree healthcare benefits.

A legal battle dating back to 2000 regarding retiree benefits came to a close recently.  In 2000, the Third Circuit ruled that treating Medicare-eligible retirees differently than younger retirees violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).  This prompted the EEOC to issue an exemption to the ADEA allowing employers to reduce or eliminate retiree healthcare benefits for Medicare-eligible retirees, while providing higher levels of benefits for those retirees who are not Medicare-eligible.  The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) challenged the EEOC’s authority to issue …