A pair of recent rulings by federal courts may add a little clarity regarding where employers might stand if accused of various kinds of wrongdoings by employees. It's always been important to keep tabs on evolving legal interpretations of key employment laws like the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). But doing so may be even more important today in light of the Labor Department's ongoing aggressive enforcement of that law.
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If you have an ERISA plan, it generally means your company is shielded from lawsuits that originate in state courts. This is usually good for employers, because it's harder for employees (current or former) to "make a federal case out of it" than it is for them to prevail at the state level. Having an ERISA plan also makes it less likely a state legislature could micromanage how you run a benefit plan. However, don't simply assume your plan is an ERISA plan or you could wind up in hot water.