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Dec 5, 2022

Annual Party Poopers’ Guide to the Holidays: The Office Holiday Party is Back and So Are We

Over the past two years, employers dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic were forced to hold their holiday celebrations virtually via Zoom, or maybe even scrapped such events altogether given the circumstances. This year, however, holiday office parties are back, as many employees have migrated back to the office. Indeed, employers are eager to reinvigorate and reward their employees with what will perhaps be their first “in-person” celebration in a long time. Many employees may even be meeting each other in person for the first time. While we all are ready for things to be back to “normal,” both employers and… Read more


Oct 24, 2022

IRS Cost-of-Living Adjustments Employee Benefit Plan Limitations for 2023

The IRS has released the 2023 cost-of-living adjustments applicable to the dollar limitations on benefits and contributions of retirement plans and health and welfare benefit plans. As a result of the increase in inflation, some of the 2023 limits reflect significant increases from the 2022 amounts. We recommend plan sponsors update their systems and formulas to include the limits that have been adjusted. These limits are effective January 1, 2023. For a printable version of this chart, click here. For more information on these cost-of-living adjustments, contact your SGR Executive Compensation and Employee Benefits counsel.


Oct 12, 2022

New York City’s Wage Transparency Law Goes Into Effect on November 1, 2022

On November 1, 2022, New York City’s Wage Transparency Law takes effect, intended to promote pay equity. The new law amends the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL), Title 8 of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, to require private-sector employers advertising jobs in New York City to include a good faith salary range for every job, promotion, and transfer opportunity advertised. Covered Employers The new law applies to employers that have four or more employees (including independent contractors and owners). The four employees do not need to work in the same location, nor do they… Read more


Aug 22, 2022

Illinois Expands Unpaid Bereavement Leave

Beginning January 1, 2023, employers will be required to provide expanded unpaid bereavement leave to eligible Illinois employees under the Family Bereavement Leave Act (“FBLA”). The FBLA amended the Child Bereavement Leave Act (“CBLA”) by expanding the availability of unpaid bereavement leave to cover additional family members and reasons for the leave. The eligibility requirements for the FBLA mirror those for the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). Accordingly, an employee is eligible to take leave under the FBLA if he or she has worked for a covered employer for at least 1,250 hours within the last 12 months, and works at… Read more


Aug 1, 2022

U.S. Government Issues Special Fraud Alert on Telemedicine Companies

The U.S. Government is warning health care practitioners to be on the lookout for fraud in connection with companies that offer products and services using telemedicine. On July 20, 2022, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General issued a rare Special Fraud Alert advising practitioners to exercise caution when entering into arrangements with purported telemedicine companies.[1] The Alert was issued the same day that the U.S. Department of Justice announced criminal charges against 36 defendants in 13 federal districts across the United States for more than $1.2 billion in alleged fraudulent telemedicine, cardiovascular, and cancer… Read more


Jul 7, 2022

Employer Liability in Interfering with FMLA Rights

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion clarifying when an employer may be held liable for interfering with its employees’ rights to take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (“FMLA”). This opinion is a reminder of the importance of employers providing adequate and accurate information about the FMLA to their employees and making the process for obtaining FMLA leave as straightforward as possible. In Ziccarelli v. Dart, No. 19-3435, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 15032 (7th Cir. June 1, 2022), the Court held that an employer is not required to deny FMLA benefits to… Read more


Jun 30, 2022

July 1, 2022 Deadline for Chicago Employers to Update Sexual Harassment Policies and Display New Poster

The Chicago Human Rights Ordinance was amended recently to add significant sexual harassment prevention requirements for employers. By July 1, 2022, Chicago is requiring all employers with at least one employee working within the city’s boundaries to update their sexual harassment policies and display new posters. The required written policy on sexual harassment must include at least the following: A statement that sexual harassment is illegal in Chicago. The definition of sexual harassment: Sexual harassment” means any (i) unwelcome sexual advances or unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature; or (ii) requests for sexual favors or conduct of a sexual nature… Read more


Jun 2, 2022

EEOC Issues Artificial Intelligence Guidance

EEOC Opinion Letter Rule

On October 28, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) launched the Initiative on Artificial Intelligence and Algorithmic Fairness (the “Initiative”) to ensure that artificial intelligence (“AI”) and other emerging tools used in hiring and other employment decisions comply with federal civil rights laws. The Initiative’s goal is to examine more closely how technology is fundamentally changing the way employment decisions are made. It further aims to guide applicants, employees, employers, and technology vendors in ensuring that these technologies are used fairly, consistent with federal equal employment opportunity laws. The EEOC issued its first guidance regarding the Initiative on… Read more


May 25, 2022

Meal and Rest Period Premium are “Wages” that Must be Reported on Wage Statements, and Paid Timely

On May 23, 2022, the California Supreme Court issued its opinion in Naranjo v. Spectrum Security Services, Inc., concluding that the one hour of additional compensation that is owed to an employee who does not receive a legally-compliant meal or rest period, constitutes a “wage.”  As a wage, the penalty must be reflected on the employee’s wage statement, and also must be paid in a timely manner. California’s Wage Orders, as well as Labor Code § 226.7(c), provide that an employee who is denied a meal or rest period on a given day must be paid an additional hour of… Read more


Apr 20, 2022

FBI RAT Goes After Cyber Criminals

Did you know that the FBI has an Internet Crime Complaint Center called IC3?  And did you know that IC3 has a Recovery Asset Team called RAT that, in 2021 alone, used its Financial Fraud Kill Chain (FFKC) to successfully place money holds on approximately $329 million out of $443 million in potential losses from business email compromises, a 74% success rate? That’s a pretty decent mouse trap. Here’s how it works.  A victim of cyber-crime fills out an online form at www.ic3.gov.  The complaint is automatically triaged through the FBI’s Internet Crime Database.  An IC3 analyst then reviews the… Read more