It was not the way I planned to end my career. One day, in April 2019, I told my law firm colleagues that I was going to take a medical leave to address some health issues and that I would ...Read More »
Patentable subject matter: An American Axle update
In American Axle, the invention was directed to a method for manufacturing a shaft assembly of a driveline system, historically considered to be patentable subject matter. The first claim addressed included a step of turning a mass and stiffness of ...Read More »
Is it time to update your social media in the workplace policy?
You know what really grinds my gears? The choose-your-own-adventure security boxes that websites use. “Click all boxes with a tree in it.” In those moments, I am filled with self-doubt related to the definition of tree and whether the smallest ...Read More »
Lease pitfalls commercial landlords should avoid
A well-drafted lease agreement will go a long way toward protecting a commercial landlord and ensuring that its expectations are achieved. However, sometimes what may seem like a minor lease term can have very large financial consequences down the road. ...Read More »
Noteworthy and quoteworthy: two new books of quotes
If you’re relying on the internet for quotations, stop right now. Stop for two reasons. One, the internet is unreliable. It misattributes too many quotations to Abraham Lincoln, Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain. When a person is quoted, it should ...Read More »
Behavioral health parity rules: What employers need to know
With increasing regulatory scrutiny and litigation by employees against employer sponsored group health plans, now would be a good time to find out if your employer-sponsored group health plan is compliant with behavioral health parity rules. In 2008, Congress passed ...Read More »
The robots are here: Take care when using AI in the workplace
When used effectively, artificial intelligence, or AI, can eliminate much bias in decision-making. However, when misused, AI may actually promote the same bias it should thwart. Generally, employers use AI in the workplace through supervised machine learning, or SML, during ...Read More »
Fighting stigma: Speaking up
For so many of us, the goal of success is what drives us to sacrifice and persist through obstacles. However, this goal of success can take on a life of its own, leading toward perfectionism, becoming our identity, and sacrificing ...Read More »
401(k) plan management under greater scrutiny
As Benjamin Franklin once said, “nothing is certain except death and taxes.” At their core, Franklin’s words ring true today, but there are more things we can predict with good certainty given our access to data. Employers can get a ...
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Is any pandemic relief still available for employee benefit plans?
As we approach our third new year since the first reported cases of COVID-19, related relief may seem like old news. Although much of the government-sponsored pandemic relief has expired, there are aspects that remain germane for employer-sponsored benefit plans. ...Read More »