Business Law Update, January 2010

01/07/2010 / Business Litigation Practice and Benefits Law Practice

 

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Employer Liability for Employee Cell Phone Use
  • Congress Proposes Legislation Requiring Employers to Provide Paid Sick Time
  • The Importance of the Unambiguous Written Contract in Awarding Incentive Compensation Re-Emphasized:  Schachter v. Citigroup, Inc. 
  • Recent 8th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Decisions
  • COBRA Subsidy Extended
  • Roth IRA Conversion


Employer Liability for Employee Cell Phone Use
By Dayle Nolan and Ashlee M. Bekish

Do you think an employer could be liable if one of its employees, while driving and using a cell phone, causes an accident and injures another party?


Congress Proposes Legislation Requiring Employers to Provide Paid Sick Time
By Daniel J. Ballintine and Carrie L. Zochert

In November of 2009 a bill, entitled the Emergency Influenza Containment Act (“the EICA”), was proposed in Congress.  The EICA would require U.S. employers, who direct their employees to stay home when they are sick, to provide paid time off for up to five days.


The Importance of the Unambiguous Written Contract in Awarding Incentive Compensation Re-Emphasized:  Schachter v. Citigroup, Inc.
By Bruce J. Douglas and Sejal K. Desai-Winkelman

A recent decision by the Supreme Court of California last November reminds us again of the importance of the contract in compensation and incentive policies of an employer.


Recent 8th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Decisions
By Kathleen Harrell-Latham

Read three recent decisions from the 8th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel.


COBRA Subsidy Extended
By Mary L. Komornicka


The 65 percent federal subsidy of COBRA premiums for individuals who have been involuntarily terminated from employment has been extended both in length of the subsidy period and the eligibility period.


Roth IRA Conversion
By Mary L. Komornicka


In 2010, anyone with a traditional IRA, including a rollover IRA, will have the opportunity to convert that IRA into a Roth IRA regardless of income.


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Dayle Nolan                     
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Christopher J. Harristhal  
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Bruce J. Douglas  
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Daniel J. Ballintine  
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Kenneth Corey-Edstrom
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Cynthia M. Klaus
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Chris M. Heffelbower    
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Sejal Desai Winkelman     
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Carrie L. Zochert    
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Julia H. Halbach    
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L. Kathleen Harrell-Latham 
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Ashlee M. Bekish
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Michael C. Jackman, Of Counsel
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