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ERISA at 40: A Time to Assess Multiemployer Defined Benefit Pension Plans

As the 40th anniversary of the landmark Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is noted, an article by Allen B. Roberts featured in the Winter 2014 Benefits Law Journal observes that participating employees and contributing employers – as the primary stakeholders in the fortunes of multiemployer defined benefit pension plans – may not be among… Continue Reading

Unions Swim Against the Tide as Pension Issues Surface for Negotiations and Organizing

Our colleague Allen B. Roberts recently wrote a client advisory entitled “Unions Swim Against the Tide as Pension Issues Surface for Negotiations and Organizing,” which appears on Epstein Becker Green’s website. Following is an excerpt: Contributions to multiemployer defined benefit pension plans have been a mainstay, legacy feature of union negotiations in many industries. But… Continue Reading

Going Through Withdrawal: A Step-By-Step Guide to Arbitration in Multiemployer Withdrawal Liability Disputes

Our colleague Mark M. Trapp recently wrote an article entitled “Going Through Withdrawal: A Step-By-Step Guide to Arbitration in Multiemployer Withdrawal Liability Disputes” which appears in the current issue of the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law (members only).    Following is an excerpt: Many employers with a unionized workforce contribute to multiemployer pension funds established… Continue Reading

The NLRB Is Looking at Confidentiality, Non-Disclosure, and Non-Disparagement Provisions in Your Agreements

I co-authored an Act Now Advisory on the decision issued by NLRB Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Joel Biblowitz on January 8, 2013, finding that Quicken Loans’ agreements concerning proprietary and confidential information and non-disparagement unlawfully interfered with these unrepresented employees’ Section 7 rights to engage in concerted and protected activity.  The ALJ decision adopts the expansive views… Continue Reading