Employee benefits

Work from anywhere has been a necessity, an epithet, an obstacle, and an opportunity over the last 3 years. To paraphrase Aristotle’s axiom about Nature (“Horror Vacui”), business abhors a vacuum. Where one occurs, it is quickly filled. Work from anywhere started as a COVID-induced necessity. During the lockdowns of 2020-2021 (and longer in some…

This past month, in Stericycle, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced a new amorphous legal standard it will use to judge whether union-free employer’s rules and policies are lawful under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”). The Stericycle approach dispensed the categorical approach which identified certain policies as always being lawful. Now every policy…

When considering religious accommodation, employers have enjoyed great latitude with accepting or rejecting requested religious accommodations. This was thanks in large part to the Supreme Court’s 1977 ruling in Trans World Airlines, Inc. v. Hardison, which held an employer need only show it would bear more than a “de minimis” cost/effort to demonstrate that a religious…

By Robert G. Brody and Mark J. Taglia April 24, 2023   Last week, the NLRB’s decision in Noah’s Ark Processors, LLC  (“Noah”) held that repeat offenders of the NLRA could be subject to extraordinary remedies.  The Board went on to detail when such remedies were appropriate, and outlined the types of actions violators could expect to…

The decisions employers make regarding their benefits offerings during this period of economic uncertainty will likely have lasting impacts on their finances, their employees’ expectations, and their ability to attract and retain talent — all of which can affect the organization’s overall health. To ensure continued success, employers should critically evaluate each and every area…

Don’t be surprised if no one is answering the phones at Brody and Associates on June 19th.  The number of private employers offering Juneteenth as a paid holiday continues to grow and has jumped significantly over the last three years.  Last year, nearly one-third of all private employers gave their employees a paid day off.  This…

By Robert G. Brody and Mark J. Taglia March 10, 2023   On Thursday, March 9th, President Biden submitted his proposed fiscal year 2024 budget request to Congress.  In it he seeks a $1.5 billion increase to the U.S. Department of Labor Budget.  Most of this increase would support the President’s paid family and medical…

USI reduces rising insurance premiums for an NYC middle-market law firm and saves over $250,000 while providing tax-deferred programs for their highly compensated employees. See the overview below.   https://www.linkedin.com/posts/adamjbrier_usi-helps-nyc-law-firm-reduce-premiums-by-activity-6927608012081647616-6Tiu?utm_source=linkedin_share&utm_medium=member_desktop_web

The pandemic has altered almost all aspects of the employee experience, changing everything from where people work to how they interact with clients, colleagues, and customers. Considering the size and scope of these changes now is a critical time to determine if your employee value proposition (EVP) is still compelling and if your total rewards strategy…

On this episode of ProfitSense with Bill McDermott, Bill was joined by Leslie Bassett, partner at Pridgen Bassett Law, and Allison Affleck and Harry Brenner, both partners at Affleck and Gordon PC. Leslie discussed her work in employee issues and insurance, stressing the importance of getting attorneys involved early to help resolve complex issues. Allison Affleck and…

USI is one of the largest insurance brokerage and consulting firms in the world, delivering property and casualty, employee benefits, personal risk, program and retirement solutions to large risk management clients, middle market companies, smaller firms and individuals. Headquartered in Valhalla, New York, USI connects together over 8,000 industry leading professionals across approximately 200 offices…

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Business owners, advisors, and buyers frequently have widely different impressions of value when it comes to a business. The Pepperdine Private Capital Markets Survey canvasses intermediaries who sell privately held Main Street and mid-market companies. One question is about the obstacles that prevented the sale of a business. The number one response is “Owners’ unreasonable…

Whistleblowers can blow their whistles a little louder tonight. The Supreme Court’s recent ruling, Murray v. UBS Securities, LLC, decided that an employee may prove a whistleblower retaliation claim without showing that their employer acted with retaliatory intent. As a result, it is now easier for employees to succeed on whistleblower retaliation claims under the…

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