Jun 24, 2019

Supreme Court Rejects Registration Restrictions for Offensive Marks

Supreme Court Photo

On June 24, 2019, the United States Supreme Court held that prohibiting registration of scandalous or immoral trademarks violates the First Amendment’s protection of free speech. Iancu v. Brunetti, 588 U.S. ___ (2019). This ruling joins the Court’s 2017 companion decision in Matal v. Tam, which invalidated the Lanham Act’s restriction on disparaging trademarks. We… Read more

Jun 14, 2019

Final Regulations Allow Employers to Reimburse Premiums for Individual Medical Insurance

Health Reimbursement Arrangements

Yesterday, the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services issued final regulations allowing health reimbursement arrangements (“HRAs”) to reimburse premiums for individual medical insurance purchased by employees, provided certain conditions are met. The regulations are effective January 1, 2020, and are an about-face to the rules adopted by the Obama administration strictly prohibiting… Read more

Jun 5, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Title VII’s Charge-Filing Requirement With the EEOC is Not Jurisdictional

In a unanimous ruling this week, Fort Bend County, Texas v. Davis, No. 18-525, the U.S. Supreme Court resolved a conflict among the Courts of Appeals over whether Title VII’s charge-filing requirement is jurisdictional.  The Court held that the requirement that plaintiffs file charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) before commencing suit is… Read more

May 31, 2019

SECURE Act – House Overwhelmingly Passes Retirement Reform Bill

Photo of Retirement Plan

The House of Representatives recently passed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act by a vote of 417-3. The current version of the SECURE Act would, among its numerous provisions: Change the required minimum distribution rules so that required minimum distributions begin following age 72 instead of age 701/2. Change the maximum… Read more

May 1, 2019

IRS Expands Determination Letter Opportunities for Retirement Plans


On May 1, 2019, the IRS announced that it is expanding its determination letter program in two important regards.  Since 2017, the determination letter program has been available only for new or terminating individually designed plans.  Beginning on September 1, 2019, the determination letter program will be expanded to include (1) retirement plans that merge… Read more

Apr 29, 2019

What You Need to Know About New Jersey’s Auto-IRA Program

New Jersey Auto-IRA Program

New Jersey passed the New Jersey Secure Choice Savings Program Act (the “Act”) on March 28, 2019, creating the Secure Choice Savings Program (the “Program”).  Once the Program is up and running, certain employers that do not have qualified retirement plans will have to auto-enroll their employees that do not opt out in the Program…. Read more

Apr 25, 2019

BREAKING: EEO-1 Pay Data Required by September 30, 2019

EEO-1 Pay Data - collected detailed data for calendar year 2018

On April 25, 2019, the court in National Women’s Law Center, et al., v. Office of Management and Budget, et al., ordered the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) to collect detailed data (Employer Information Report or EE0-1 Report) for the calendar year 2018 on employee compensation and hours worked from covered employers (employers with… Read more

Apr 19, 2019

New Self-Correction Opportunities for Retirement Plan Loans and Other Errors


Today the IRS issued an update to its retirement plan loan correction program that significantly expands the errors that can be corrected without filing with the IRS or paying a filing fee. Most importantly, many plan loan errors can now be self-corrected. For example, if loan payments are missed but the maximum loan term (generally… Read more

Apr 9, 2019

Georgia Legislature Passes Hemp Farming and Medical Marijuana Bills

Hemp Farming

Last week, the Georgia legislature passed the Georgia Hemp Farming Act (HB 213), under which farmers may obtain licenses to grow and process hemp. The definition of “hemp” includes any part of the cannabis sativa L. plant and all derivatives, with no more than a 0.3% concentration of THC. Under the federal 2014 Farm Bill,… Read more