Category Archives: Collective Bargaining

Take Your Pick – Employees Allowed to Choose Between Future 401(a) Plan Contributions and Future HRA Contributions

By Jeff Chang A recently issued IRS private letter ruling may provide public agencies and their employees with another way to give employees more control over the types of retirement benefits they will eventually receive. As we previously reported, governmental … Continue reading

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Tightening Budgets, Layoffs and Ongoing Labor Negotiations Highlight the Value of Retiree Health Reimbursement Arrangements

By Jeff Chang Given the current circumstances, many public agencies are finding ways to use health reimbursement arrangements as creative and cost-effective benefits for their employees and former employees. As explained in earlier posts, HRAs possess a number of important … Continue reading

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CARES Act Authorizes Limited Employer Repayment of Student Loans

By Jeff Chang Public agency employers trying to recruit or retain highly skilled or highly paid younger workers (e.g., doctors, nurses, IT specialists, engineers) may want to take advantage of a limited employer-paid benefit under the CARES Act. This limited-time … Continue reading

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COVID-19 Pandemic May Force Some Cities to Reset Employee Benefits

By Jeff Chang As the harsh realities of the coronavirus pandemic, along with its widespread impact on all aspects of daily life, continue to shock and numb us all, many cities have already been identified as “high risk” from a … Continue reading

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Understanding Public Agency Participation in ERISA Multiemployer Pension Plans

By Jeff Chang Many California cities and public agencies negotiate with — and reach memorandums of understanding with —  their union bargaining partners on a regular basis. In some cases, these unions are local police or firefighter unions. In other … Continue reading

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