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      Anthony (Tony) A. Bongiorno has extensive jury trial experience in a variety of commercial matters and serves as the partner-in-charge of the Firm’s Boston office. Tony has successfully tried cases in various federal and state courts around the country. In addition to his significant jury trial experience, Tony has also tried matters under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution and the International Chamber of Commerce. Tony has represented clients in many industries, including energy, health care, biotech and construction. Read Anthony A. Bongiorno's full bio.

Government Shutdown Pushes Back Cadillac Tax


By on Jan 24, 2018
Posted In Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

On January 22, 2018, Congress passed an interim funding bill to end the three-day government shutdown that also pushed back the effective date of the Affordable Care Act’s controversial “Cadillac Tax.”  The Cadillac Tax imposes an excise tax on group health plans that provide benefits in excess of certain thresholds.  The new legislation pushes the...

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Fringe Benefits: What Tax Reform Means to the Employer


By , and on Jan 18, 2018
Posted In Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

The new tax reform legislation includes important changes to the tax treatment of employer-sponsored benefit programs, including transportation benefit programs and moving expense reimbursements. The law also creates a new tax credit for employers who provide paid family and medical leave to their employees. Continue Reading.

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UK Employment Alert | What to Expect in UK Employment Law in 2018: GDPR, Brexit Negotiations and More


By , and on Jan 11, 2018
Posted In Employment, Privacy and Data Security

Whilst 2017 was anticipated to be a fairly static year for UK employment law, that did not in fact prove to be the case, and there were various notable developments. To a large degree, 2018 is likely to be defined by the ongoing Brexit negotiations and the passage of the EU Withdrawal Bill, which will,...

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UK Employment Alert | The Uber Saga Continues – “Worker” Status in the Gig Economy


By , and on Nov 30, 2017
Posted In Benefit Controversies, Employment, Labor

The UK Employment Appeal Tribunal has upheld the Employment Tribunal’s finding that Uber drivers are “workers”. It rejected Uber’s argument that Uber is simply a technology platform acting as an agent to connect self-employed Uber drivers with users of the ride-hailing app. What Is the Issue? The United Kingdom recognises three categories of employment status:...

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Fringe Benefits: What the Proposed Tax Bills Mean to the Employer


By , and on Nov 21, 2017
Posted In Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

Both the House and Senate versions of tax reform propose significant changes that may reduce or eliminate the tax benefits of many popular employer-provided fringe benefits, such as dependent care assistance programs, on-premises gyms and bicycle commuting expense reimbursements. In addition, many common deductions for work-related activities—including certain meal and entertainment expenses—may see sweeping changes....

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Employer Mandate Penalty Notices Are Imminent


By , and on Nov 16, 2017
Posted In Employee Benefits, Health and Welfare Plans

The IRS has taken actions indicating that employer mandate penalties under the ACA are about to be enforced. The recently updated Questions and Answers on Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions Under the Affordable Care Act includes the section, “Making an Employer Shared Responsibility Payment,” which expands specifically upon the soon-to-be-issued Letter 226J and what that will...

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“Back to School” Round-Up of Key UK Employment Law Developments in 2017 to Date


By , and on Sep 27, 2017
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans, Labor, Retirement Plans

In this “back to school” round-up, we take the opportunity to catch up on the most important UK employment law events and developments in 2017 to date. Continue Reading

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Court Cases Challenge English-Only COBRA Election Procedures


By , and on Sep 21, 2017
Posted In Benefit Controversies, Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans

Two pending federal cases could reveal situations in which employers with a significant multi-lingual workforce should provide translated versions of their COBRA election materials. Continue reading.

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Court to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: “Try Again” on Wellness Rules


By , , , and on Aug 29, 2017
Posted In Employee Benefits, Employment, Health and Welfare Plans

In October 2016, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) sued the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in the US District Court for the District of Columbia seeking an injunction against the latest iteration of wellness program regulations. The final EEOC regulations issued last year offer employers a roadmap for offering employee wellness programs...

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UK Supreme Court Rules Employment Tribunal Fee Regime


By , and on Aug 3, 2017
Posted In Employment, Labor

A significant judgment delivered on July 26, 2017, by the UK Supreme Court increases the likelihood of employment claims being brought in the future and is of significance to all organizations employing staff in the United Kingdom. Read the full article.

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