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Employment - Overtime Rule to Be Finalized in July 2016
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • December 9 2015

In August 2015, we reported that the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") issued a Proposed Rule that seeks to increase the salary level required before


Benefits - Health Care Reform
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • January 11 2016

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (the "Appropriations Act") into law. Among other things, the


A million dollar problem: paying field service engineers improperly
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • March 3 2014

Many clients employ Field Service Engineers ("FSEs") who install, service and repair a wide range of machinery (i.e., printing presses, injection


Employee handbooks must be updated to comply with Illinois andor California laws
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • February 3 2015

New Illinois and California laws require most companies to post new notices and draft new policies for their employee handbooks. The Illinois Human


FMLA: caring for an adult child
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • July 8 2014

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reminded us that the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") provides eligible


Union contract agreements overturned by court
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • August 30 2010

Recently, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago affirmed the district court's decision that Wisconsin's wage payment law requires employees to be paid for all time spent donning and doffing safety gear


Outback Steakhouse agrees to pay $19 million to settle sex discrimination
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • January 4 2010

On Tuesday, December 29, 2009, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) announced that Outback Steakhouse (“Outback”) agreed to pay $19 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging sex discrimination against thousands of women at hundreds of corporately-owned restaurants


Benefits - updating 401(k) plan beneficiary elections
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • November 6 2015

When a 401(k) plan participant dies, his or her designated beneficiary is generally entitled to receive the vested interest in the participant's


Ibm moving to annual 401(k) contribution match
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • December 11 2012

Date: 12112012


Hurricane Sandy permits loans and hardship distributions
  • Masuda Funai Eifert & Mitchell Ltd
  • USA
  • December 11 2012

Recently, the Internal Revenue Service issued Announcement 2012-44 that permits "qualified employer plans" (such as 401(k) or 403(b)) to make loans and hardship distributions to employees or former employees whose principal residence or place of employment on October 26, 2012 was located in one of the counties that were classified as covered disaster areas because of Hurricane Sandy