ERISA: The Enemy of Working Families

In 1974, spurned by the collapse of the Studebaker Corporation and the corresponding loss of pension benefits, Congress enacted the Earned Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) nominally “to protect interstate commerce and the interests of participants in employee benefit plans and their beneficiaries” by ensuring the financial stability of employee benefit plans. 29 U.S.C. § 1001(b).

Homeland Security & Labor Issue H-2B Regulations: Authority Solved?

Homeland Security & Labor Issue H-2B Regulations: Authority Solved?

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) moved quickly – perhaps too quickly – to resolve legal authority issues raised by recent court decisions vacating low-skilled worker visa (H-2B) regulations by adopting a “joint” interim final rules (IFR) that is available for public inspection and will be published in tomorrow’s Federal Register