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Puerto Rico Revises Form for Reporting Payments to Terminated Employees, Considers Credit History Ban

The Puerto Rico Department of the Treasury has announced changes to tax reporting for certain severance payments. As a result of the Labor Transformation and Flexibility Act (Act 4-2017), adopted in 2017, certain limited payments made by an employer to an employee due to separation of employment are classified as “exempt income” under the Puerto … Continue Reading

Loss of COBRA Subsidies – A Marketplace Conundrum

While helping employers craft severance packages, we have often cautioned that a well-meaning offer by an employer to subsidize a former employee’s COBRA coverage for a period of time can result in unintended consequences. Namely, when that subsidy ends, that former employee may find himself or herself with a very high COBRA premium and no … Continue Reading

Separation Agreement Drafting Error Corrected by Michigan Appeals Court

A Michigan appellate court denied an attempt by an employee to receive a severance jackpot based on a drafting mistake made by his former employer. Notwithstanding the employee’s entitlement, based on the terms of his separation agreement, to receive approximately $81 thousand dollars per week for 34 weeks, the State of Michigan Court of Appeals … Continue Reading

SEVERANCE, ERISA and RUM PUNCH

ERISA provisions are like fruity rum drinks. A little inattention and they can sneak up on you with most unpleasant consequences.   No place is this more true than with severance pay.  Many employers still believe that if they make just a single payment to a departing employee, they have not created a plan subject to … Continue Reading
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