Employee Benefits (CLE)

Strategic Insights: Crafting and Enforcing Employee Restrictive Covenants in Today’s Landscape


As the business landscape evolves, the strategic implementation and enforcement of employee restrictive covenants have become critical for organizations seeking to protect their intellectual property and maintain a competitive edge. In this CLE Webcast, experienced commercial litigators Matthew Crawford (Martenson, Hasbrouck & Simon LLP) expertly curated by The Knowledge Group, will provide an insightful discussion of the intricacies involved in crafting these agreements. They will explore topics such as drafting considerations, legal precedents, and emerging trends. The speakers will analyze recent case studies, offering practical insights into the challenges and opportunities organizations face in enforcing restrictive covenants. Furthermore, they will examine the impact of evolving employment practices and remote work arrangements on the enforceability of these agreements.

401(k) Fee Disclosure Rules: Demystifying Trends, Developments, and Best Practices


The Department of Labor Regulations on disclosure of 401(k) plan fees and expenses are designed to provide transparency to participants in a user-friendly format, allowing for an apples-to-apples comparison of fees and expenses under a plan’s investment options that impact participant account balances, and a look under the hood on plan administration costs charged to participant accounts.  But greater disclosure can lead to greater scrutiny, and an essential duty for plan sponsors is monitoring fees and expenses that could reduce participant account balances, and timely addressing excesses.

ESOP Formation Post-COVID-19: Current Approaches to Business Succession Planning


With today’s major economic recession faced by businesses due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) continues to be an attractive option for companies seeking to address the need for succession planning to sustain competitive advantage in the market and looking to provide their employees with an ownership interest through a retirement plan.

Employee Benefit Plans Update: Best Compliance Practices for New and Existing Legislations


The implementation of several amendments in employee benefit plans by the end of 2021 along with the new requirements for the coming year continue to bring regulatory changes in areas including welfare plan, flexible spending account (FSA), and hardship distribution. These pose new challenges among practitioners in complying with all the legal developments and addressing critical issues in this field.

Remote Workforce and Wage and Hour Issues: How to Address Potential Class Action Risks


The work-from-home setup has rapidly become a trend after businesses started shutting down due to the pandemic. Although this setup can be helpful, it presents unique challenges which employers need to face, particularly in the field of wage and hour law. Typical issues several businesses are struggling with, include claims of unpaid wages, timekeeping inaccuracies, and employee misclassification.

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