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Times are Changing: Verrill Dana Hosts Full-Day Conference, 2019 Annual Employment Law Update

After a year full of changes in law for employers, and the election of a new governor in Maine, Verrill Dana attorneys will offer insights on recent legal developments in labor and employment law and what the new year might bring during our 2019 Annual Employment Law Update. The full-day conference will take place on Thursday, January 31 at The Westin Harborview Hotel in Portland.

The all-day event will begin with a panel discussion of a 2018 labor and employment year in review and expectations for 2019. Then, there will be a variety of breakout sessions with topics on workforce development, implicit bias, USERRA and veteran recruiting, discrimination and harassment investigations, HR 101, sexual harassment, "I-9s", e-discovery workers' compensation, arbitration agreements in employee contracts, and wage & hour. Breakout sessions will include HR 101, employee benefits, OSHA, and a sexual harassment CLE for attorneys. Verrill Dana employee benefit attorneys discuss the employee benefit requirements of USERRA and Chris Lockman, Sam Baldwin, and Suzanne Meeker will discuss how to manage fiduciary liability risk in reitirement plans. 

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December 2018 Client Advisory

This Client Advisory, originally distributed in December 2018, highlights important developments in the law governing employee benefit plans and executive compensation over the past year.  It offers insight into what these developments mean for employers and plan sponsors and previews developments we expect to see in 2019. 

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Proposed Regulations on 401(k) Hardship Withdrawals

Last month, the Treasury Department issued highly anticipated proposed regulations governing hardship withdrawals from 401(k) plans.  The proposed regulations address recent statutory changes made to the hardship withdrawal rules under Code Section 401(k), including:

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Join Us for Managing 401(k) Plan Fiduciary Risk on 11/8

In today’s ever-changing and challenging 401(k) environment, plan sponsors find themselves in a new and seemingly complex environment. Regulations are becoming increasingly complicated, the number of class action lawsuits continues to rise, and employees insist on access to less expensive options with better performance, without understanding what the fees include. Retirement plan sponsors have an obligation and responsibility to reduce their fiduciary risk and improve the effectiveness of their retirement program for their participants.

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FMLA, Disability, & Sick Leave Management: A Panel Discussion

Join the Maine Employee Benefits Council (MEBC) on Wednesday, October 17 for a panel discussion on the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), disability, and sick leave management. Panelists will discuss federal and state specific paid leave laws, examine the requirements for Maine employers who have employees in the particular states, best practices for managing leave, and options for using a third-party administrator for leave management. During the seminar, Verrill Dana attorney Doug Currier, Chair of the firm's Labor & Employment Group, will review the legal aspects of leave alongside a panel of representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor, third-party leave administrators, HR managers, and a fellow employment lawyer. 

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