SEATTLE, June 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Attorney Advertising. Keller Rohrback L.L.P. (www.krcomplexlit.com) announces that it is investigating potential claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA") related to Regal Entertainment Group's ("Regal" or the "Company") reduction of some of its employees' hours to under 30 hours per week so that the employees will be ineligible for paid healthcare as will be required by the Affordable Care Act ("ACA").
Regal recently circulated a memo to its management group instructing them to inform any employee negatively impacted by the new Company policy that the policy was necessary to "comply with the Affordable Care Act" (commonly referred to as "Obamacare"). Regal is the largest motion picture theater chain in the United States with revenues in excess of $1.7 billion in 2012. Other companies have taken or considered similar policy changes. However, under ERISA employers are prohibited from interfering with protected rights under benefit plans.
Retaliation or adverse action against employees could also violate the ACA's whistleblower protection provisions. For example, you are protected if you received a premium tax credit or subsidy, provided information to the employer or to the government about a potential violation of the ACA, testified or planned to testify, assisted in an investigation, or objected to or refused to perform a task that you believe violates the ACA.
If you are a current or former employee of Regal Entertainment Group—or another company—and your hours were reduced as a result of the ACA, or if you have been retaliated against, fired or laid off for voicing your concerns over such policies, and you have reason to believe it is because your employer is or was trying to skirt Obamacare or avoid the Obamacare mandate or because you could get a healthcare tax credit or subsidy that might subject your employer to a penalty or fine, please contact paralegal Robert Rousseau or attorneys Gretchen Obrist or Erin Riley at (800) 776-6044 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keller Rohrback L.L.P. has extensive experience protecting employee retirement and health benefits and has additionally represented consumers in numerous class action lawsuits. Our Complex Litigation Group is proud to offer its expertise to clients nationwide. Keller Rohrback's trial lawyers have obtained judgments and settlements on behalf of clients in excess of seven billion dollars.
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