On December 19, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a new rule updating the process for reviewing claims and appeals for disability benefits covered by ERISA. Initially, the final rule was supposed to apply to all claims filed on or after January 1, 2018.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets guidelines for whether an employee is exempt or nonexempt under federal law. Exempt means that the employee is excluded from the Act’s overtime pay provisions and therefore does not have to be paid overtime for work hours exceeding 40 hours in a week.
The first thing employees are looking for during the hiring process is employee benefits. Yes, the benefits package is sometimes even more important than salary. Employees now expect comprehensive benefits packages tailored to their personal needs—not just to broadly defined demographics.