Employment Law Newsletters
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is a federal law that regulates certain employee benefits such as health plans and pension plans and specifies certain minimum standards for those plans. ERISA provides certain reporting and disclosure requirements and imposes fiduciary responsibility on the administrators of ERISA-governed plans.
The National Labor Standards Act (NLRA), which imposes certain restrictions on union activity and prohibits unfair labor practices by both employers and unions, recognizes different types of picketing and places restrictions on certain types of picketing.
Occupational diseases are generally defined as ailments that are contracted or aggravated due to the nature of a particular kind of work. State workers' compensation statutes usually allow workers to receive benefits for occupational diseases. In order to obtain benefits, an employee must generally prove that the injury arose out of and in the course of the employment.
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) was passed to regulate employee benefit plans, including employer-sponsored group health plans. In 1998, an amendment to ERISA was passed called the Women's Health and Cancer Rights Act (WHCRA), which applies to individual health plans as well as to employer-sponsored group health plans. The WHCRA establishes rights for women who are covered under health plans that cover mastectomies. It is important to note that the WHCRA does not require health plans to provide coverage for mastectomy; rather, it imposes requirements on plans that do offer such coverage.