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August 23, 2000

Sixth Circuit Upholds DOL Regulation On Retroactive Designation Of FMLA Leave
Excerpt: "The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has upheld the validity of the section of the Department of Labor's regulations under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) that prohibits employers from retroactively designating employee leave as FMLA leave without providing notification of that designation to the employee. The case is Plant v. Morton International, Inc." (Spencernet)

5th Circuit Hands Down Mixed Ruling on HMO Suits Under Texas Health Care Liability Act
Excerpt: "The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled Monday that federal law does not pre-empt patients from suing HMOs under the Texas Health Care Liability Act. But the court also decided that HMOs can be sued only for what is deemed improper or damaging 'quality of care' decisions, and not for denial of coverage." (Modern Healthcare)

Steer Workers to a Less-Taxing Commute
Excerpt: "The IRS has given employers a clearer map to guide them in administering tax-advantaged commuting benefits. Employer groups have welcomed many aspects of the January 2000 proposed rule as useful clarifications of the current law." (HR Magazine)

Health Issues in the 2000 Election
Excerpt: "Developed as part of a nonpartisan public education initiative of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and the League of Women Voters Education Fund, this guide provides basic facts about five key health policy topics candidates are discussing in the 2000 election. These topics include health coverage for the uninsured, managed care and patients' rights, Medicare reform, prescription drug coverage for seniors, and long-term care." (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation)

Gore, Lieberman To Push Long-Term Care Tax Credit
Excerpt: "For caregivers, who are often the children of senior citizens or the parents of a sick or disabled child, Gore offers a $3,000 tax credit to compensate for long-term health care needs, such as home care, adult day care and respite services." (New York Times; free registration required)

(Following also appears in Retirement Plans Edition)

Corrected URL: 3d Circuit Finds CBS-Westinghouse Illegally Cut Back 'Job Separation Benefits'
Bellas case. Excerpt: The case addresses "whether a permanent job separation benefit contained within a pension plan constitutes an early retirement benefit or retirement-type subsidy protected by the anti-cutback provisions of [section 204(g) of] the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974." (FindLaw.com)

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Pension Consultantfor Associated Pension Consultants
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Assistant Relationship Managerfor INVESCO Retirement Plan Services
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Benefits Consultant - WCX0001265for Kaiser Permanente
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Employee Benefits Tax Consultantfor Deloitte & Touche, Leading Professional Services Firm
in MI
Benefits and Compensation Consultantsfor Specialized Recruiters
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Account Coordinator Employee Benefitsfor The Lipman Company
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