May 2017 Archives

ERISA agency surprises former employee with overdue pension

Investing years of time and effort working for a Tennessee company has its rewards. Often, long-term employees feel a certain pride in their work, a loyalty to the employer and a development of important, marketable skills. Additionally, they often expect a pension when they retire. When that pension does not come through, an employee may be concerned about how to manage in the future, especially if the company ceases operations. In some cases, however, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA)  may cover them.

Mass torts filed against Walmart for pregnancy discrimination

Pregnancy is a natural process, and many women in Tennessee can carry a child to term with no problems. However, common knowledge says that some behaviors should be modified for the safety of the baby and the health of the mother, even in a low-risk pregnancy. Sometimes, a doctor may advise an expectant mother to avoid certain activities, such as lifting or standing for too long, and the law protects women from discrimination at work when these accommodations are necessary. When businesses ignore this law across the board, they risk facing claims for mass torts.

Planet Fitness faces picket line during wage and hour disputes

Although many people in Tennessee love their jobs, few of them would agree to perform their workplace duties without pay. Getting a paycheck is the reason why most people look for jobs and endure what may be difficult working conditions. When employees face wage and hour disputes, either because they are not paid for the hours they worked or their employees do not pay them fairly, they may resort to drastic measures to get what they deserve.

Fighting To Get Treatment For Hepatitis C Infected Prisoners

A lawsuit against the Tennessee Department of Corrections over its insufficient treatment of prisoners infected with Hepatitis C has been granted class action status, and Branstetter, Stranch & Jennings, PLLC, attorney Karla Campbell is on the legal team.

Mass torts: Prisoners join fight for treatment of hepatitis C

Life in prison is rough under any circumstances, and when a prisoner is sick, it can be very worse. For example, Tennessee prisons reportedly see epidemic numbers of hepatitis C cases. However, because a small fraction of those cases are treated, a U.S. District Court judge has granted class action status to a lawsuit filed by two sick inmates. Mass torts widen the field of plaintiffs.

Retirees claim ERISA violations after benefits end

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act was passed in 1974 to protect workers who are covered by benefit plans through their employers. The law requires private sector employers in Tennessee and across the country to inform their employees how to obtain their benefits and any limits that exist on those benefits. Fiduciaries are also held accountable for managing the benefits in an ethical way. Recently, a group of retirees in another state claimed their ERISA rights were violated when their former employer changed its benefits policy.

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