Offering telemedicine could raise employer issues: Offering telemedicine services to employees can raise a number of legal issues, the most common being compliance with federal laws such as ERISA, COBRA, and HIPAA, as well as state laws concerning medical licensure and practice and informed consent.
In an interesting case involving exceptions to the overtime law of Maine, a missing comma and a simple conjunction forced a company to settle for $5 million to resolve overtime allegations. The question was simple – In Maine, are drivers distributing milk exempt from overtime? Maine’s overtime law had an exception for those workers involved in food “canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution.”
While the use of emoticons and emojis are more commonly utilized in texting and personal conversations, they are now making their way regularly into the workplace. But, can the use of emojis in work communications be a risk to your reputation?
OFCCP issued new CSALs as of February 1: A new scheduling list has been compiled by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance for FY2018 using a neutral scheduling process and 1,000 CSALs were mailed to contractor establishments on February 1, 2018 addressed generically to HR Director.
Fertility benefits a growing trend for employers: The percentage of employers offering fertility benefits to employees is expected to grow from 55% in 2017 to 66% by 2019, according to the 2017 Maternity, Family and Fertility Benefits Survey from Willis Towers Watson. Of the employers currently offering fertility benefits, 65% offer coverage for fertility services to same-sex couples — a percentage expected to increase to 81% by 2019. Of employers offering and enhancing fertility...
EEO-1 Survey is now open: Click here to go to the survey. In order to log-in, the employer will need to reset its password on the EEO-1 site by clicking “Login” and then “Get Password.” An email with a link to reset the password will be sent.
Saturday night the federal government went into shut down (or partial shutdown – depending on whether the agency had existing funds to tap into) for just over three days. The shutdown was due to the Congressional impasse on the budget bill and immigration. On Monday, Congress and the President ended the shutdown and extended spending authorization through February 8th. Given this shutdown was started on a weekend, the impact of the shutdown was relatively minor.
New tables are out: The IRS issued new withholding tables for 2018, along with an explanatory news release and a frequently asked questions document.
Update to ACA reporting requirements: The IRS gave employers some relief. On December 22, the IRS issued Notice 2018-06 extending the due date for furnishing the 2017 Forms 1095-B and 1095-C to employees.
Here we are in the second week of January– many people had extended time off the last few weeks in December, so theoretically most people should be well rested. So why are so many of us tired at this time?
As the #MeToo stories and the stories of non-disclosure or confidentiality agreements protecting problem CEOs and other employees became widely publicized, Congress felt it was time to make a stand that penalizes companies using these types of agreements to settle cases, especially since the perpetrator was less likely to be disciplined or terminated. In the past, under Section 162 of Internal Revenue Code ordinary and reasonable business expenses under these types of agreements...
At the close of 2017 and the start of 2018 experts provide forecasts and data on what this year’s economy may experience. The following are some of those forecasts.
New tax law does not eliminate ACA reporting requirements: The ACA’s employer mandate and annual reporting obligations are not affected by the new tax law.
The holidays have wrapped up for most Americans, and now the focus will likely shift toward paying for the gifts that Santa left behind, and the meals and entertainment shared with family and friends. While these financial burdens are likely heightened this time of year, monthly expenses, unexpected bills, medical bills, retirement savings, and student loans are regular concerns of the average American worker. In fact, according to the 2017 PwC Employee Financial Wellness Survey,...
New IRS standard mileage rate $0.545 per mile: The IRS has released the 2018 optional standard mileage rates that employees, self-employed individuals, and other taxpayers can use to compute deductible costs of operating automobiles (including vans, pickups and panel trucks) for business, medical, moving, and charitable purposes.