June 2018 Archives

ERISA protection for Tennessee employees

When a Tennessee employer offers a job to a qualified candidate, the candidate's motivation for considering the position certainly relates to the salary the employer offers. However, the deciding factor is often the benefits package. Besides paying Social Security and federal insurance, private, non-government businesses with fewer than 50 employees are not required by law to offer benefits beyond workers' comp, family and medical leave, and unemployment insurance. If employers choose to provide more, they must abide by the rules under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, known as ERISA.

Understanding mass torts claims and class action lawsuits

Class action lawsuits serve several purposes. Most importantly, they provide a way for numerous people with the same complaint to bring a civil action against a person or entity who may have caused them injury. Class action cases are sometimes referred to as mass torts litigation or multi-district litigation. Tennessee victims of injuries may find relief through class actions that they may not have found otherwise.

Major lawsuit award brings attention to talc mesothelioma cases

When people think of mesothelioma, they often think of workers exposed to asbestos as part of their jobs. It's certainly true that a large number of mesothelioma cases involve people who handled asbestos in a work environment or lived with those who did. Mesothelioma is a deadly and aggressive cancer that can be quite debilitating before eventually proving fatal. While there are treatments to slow its progression, currently there is no cure.

Wage and hour disputes report surprises many

Few people simply put in their time for their wages. If they have families to support, workers may also make many sacrifices for their jobs, including long hours on their feet, dealing with demanding customers and giving up weekends and holidays. Unfortunately for many workers in Tennessee and elsewhere, wage and hour disputes are common because, too often, employers treat their workers unfairly.

Dr. Pepper employees say company violated ERISA rules

When a Tennessee employee loses his or her job, among other concerns may be the loss of health care benefits, especially if the worker's family is also covered through the employer-based insurance policy. Through the Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act, workers have the option of continuing their benefits after a job loss or other event that results in the termination of coverage. One company in another state is facing a lawsuit for violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA, when it denied workers the option to refuse the COBRA coverage.

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