Q: My employees sometimes ask my advice about their personal financial affairs. That got me thinking about offering financial counseling from an outside firm as an employee benefit. Can this be offered as a tax-free fringe benefit? C.O., Detroit, Mich.
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Severance plan documents sometimes stipulate that employees who are fired "for cause" are disqualified from benefits. That places a burden on plan administrators to fairly review the facts before making a benefits determination. This includes checking out the employer's policies, procedures, and enforcement. If an employer was lax in any of these areas, and benefits were denied, they may be called on the courtroom carpet for violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
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The federal government published final rules in April redefining which employees are eligible for overtime pay (see our May 17 issue). Research Recommendations hosted a telephone conference that answered questions on the new rules. Following are excerpts from the audioconference.
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