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More Risks to Consider When Using Contract Attorneys

Our previous article, "What to do When Hiring a Contract Attorney" (Daily Report, June 15, 2015), discussed some of the rewards and risks of using contract attorneys. Based on the response from readers, one thing is...more

“Heads, You Lose! Tails, I Win!” No Matter Which Way You Play It, The Department Of Labor Interpretation Of Independent Contractor...

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division has issued an “Administrator’s Interpretation” that elucidates the DOL’s views on the issue of who is an employee and who is an independent contractor under the Fair Labor...more

Offering Employee Equity Has Become Much Easier for Australian Start-Ups

From 1 July 2015 the way in which options granted by any company to its employees in Australia will be taxed has changed, but the main winners under the new tax rules are those Australian companies that qualify for the...more

Key employment updates - July 2015

The summer sun has not slowed the pace of important decisions and legislative updates for employers to be aware of. Summarised below are three of the most notable. Payments to continuing employees in settlement of claims...more

Affordable Care Act Reporting Penalties Significantly Increased

On June 29, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Trade Preferences Extension Act (the Act) into law. In addition to containing several revenue offsets, the Act significantly increased penalties for incorrect information...more

Major Changes in IRS Qualified Retirement Plan Determination Letter Procedure Announced

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that, effective January 1, 2017, the existing procedure for issuance of favorable IRS determination letters for qualified pension, profit-sharing and 401(k) plans will be...more

Proposed IRS Regulations Simplify Section 83(b) Filing Requirements

As explained in a prior blog post, an employee who timely files a Section 83(b) election will be taxed on the fair market value of property transferred (typically restricted stock) to him or her in exchange for services on...more

IRS Determination Letter Program for Qualified Retirement Plans to Be Significantly Curtailed

In Announcement 2015-19 (Announcement), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has indicated that it is eliminating the staggered five-year determination letter (DL) remedial amendment cycles for individually designed...more

The IRS Tosses Plan Sponsors a Curveball: New Guidance Throws Out One Method of Pension Plan De-Risking

In recent guidance, the IRS surprised plan sponsors with its plan to prevent them from using one means of “de-risking” their defined benefit pension plans to reduce their pension plan liabilities. In Notice 2015-49, the IRS...more

Employment Law - July 2015 #2

DOL Proposes Major Overhaul of Overtime Rules: Why it matters - Expanding the scope of employees eligible for overtime, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its long-awaited new rules revising the white collar...more

Employment-ish FHA Decision

Amid the headlines of last week’s Supreme Court decisions was one applying disparate impact analysis to claims under the Fair Housing Act “FHA”. Texas Dept. of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project,...more

DOL Fires Across the Bow of Businesses Underway With Independent Contractor Manpower

Employee classification issues have been a recurrent topic of ours, and with all the class action litigation arising from independent contractor and other classifications, we have had no shortage of opportunities to remind...more

Supremes Tell States Gay Marriage is Legal

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down state laws the prohibit gay marriage in Obergfell v. Hodges, No. 14-556 (June 26, 2015), First, the Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment requires a State to license a marriage...more

Good Bets by a 401(k) Plan Sponsor to Avoid Liability

I don’t gamble because I don’t like to lose and that’s a big problem about gambling because people do lose. I stopped playing Powerball and Mega Millions. The last time I ever bet on a sport was betting a friend $10 on the...more

Health and Welfare Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses after Obergefell: A New Mandate for Employers?

After last month’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, employee benefit plan sponsors may wonder whether Obergefell affirmatively imposes an obligation for employers to provide health, life,...more

The Affordable Care Act’s Reporting Requirements for Carriers and Employers (Part 1 of 24)

Alden Bianchi, Chair of the our Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice, will provide a weekly installment on the complex reporting obligations outlined by the Affordable Care Act for health insurance carriers and...more

IRS Updates Guide to Auditing Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently updated its “Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Audit Techniques Guide.” The Guide provides a framework for the IRS to audit nonqualified deferred compensation (NQDC) plans. Since...more

Trade Act Reinstates Expired Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC)

On July 6, 2015, President Obama signed the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015. Among other things, the Trade Act retroactively reinstated the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC), which had previously expired on January...more

The “Independent Contractor” Truck Driver, Wage & Hour Laws, the Affordable Care Act, and Safety Regulations

On The challenges that trucking companies face regarding truck drivers continue to expand. One vexing issue facing many companies: Can they continue to treat many of their truck drivers as “independent contractors” as they...more

New IRS Guidance on Lump-Sum Windows

The IRS has changed its position on lump-sum windows for retirees in pay status. On July 9, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2015-49, which prohibits sponsors of qualified defined benefit plans from...more

DOL Issues Guidance Reminding Employers That “Most Workers Are Employees”

On July 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued an important Administrator’s Interpretation discussing the misclassification of employees as independent contractors. Many companies engage independent...more

IRS Flip Flops DeRisking Pension Plan Options

The volatility and unpredictability of an employer's obligations under a defined benefit pension plan can have a significant impact on its bottom line. This is especially true of plans with liabilities for pension benefits...more

IRS Moves to Prohibit Lump Sum Windows for Retirees

The IRS issued Notice 2015-49 (the "Notice") on July 9, 2015, effectively ending the ability of sponsors of qualified defined benefit pension plans ("DB Plan") to "de-risk" their plans by offering participants in pay status...more

It's Curtains for Some Lump-Sum Window Programs

On July 9, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Notice 2015-49 to announce it intends to prohibit retirees who are receiving annuity payments from a defined benefit pension plan from electing a lump sum in lieu of the...more

Labor Department's New Guidance on Independent Contractor Misclassification Is Nothing New Legally, But Will Likely Reinvigorate...

The main difference between the new Interpretation and the Labor Department’s prior enforcement policy is a greater emphasis on the “economic dependence” of the workers on the business that has engaged their...more

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