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December 2012 Newsletter

Happy Holidays to all of you!  As we enter 2013, I just wanted to say thank you for the opportunity to serve you and the entire industry over the past 12 years and I look forward to doing so in 2013.

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9 Secrets For Coordinating Leave Under the FMLA and ADA
HR professionals may often see the following scenario: An employee is granted FMLA leave to treat a serious health condition that poses long-term restrictions and limitations; 12 weeks pass; the employee fails to return to work; company terminates employee under a “no-fault” absence policy. The employer granted the full 12 weeks allowed by the FMLA, so it is free to terminate, right?

Missouri Slayer Law Preempted by ERISA
In Mitchell, et. al. v. Marcus Tyrone Robinson, Sr., et. al. the Plaintiffs are the grandparents of some minor children of Marcus Tyrone Robinson and his deceased wife. The allegation is that Mr. Robinson killed his wife. The wife had $121,000.00 in life insurance through her employer, Unilever, and insurer MetLife. Mr. Robinson made a claim for benefits under the policy which was paid. Thereafter, the grandparents filed suit alleging that Mr. Robinson was not entitled to recover under the Missouri Slayer Statute, and claimed that the benefits were wrongfully paid as a result thereof. Plaintiffs asserted several state law claims to recover the money and named Unilever and MetLife as Defendants. In the attached order the court is deciding Unilever’s motion to dismiss the state law claims based upon ERISA preemption. The court holds that the Missouri Slayer Statute is preempted.