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IRS Pulls Determination Letter Program, Puts Premium on Plan Assessments by Sponsors

Effective January 1, 2017, the IRS has announced that, due to limited resources, it is eliminating the existing 5-year determination letter application staggered filing cycles for individually designed plans. Off-cycle...more

How Retirement Plan Providers Can Avoid Communication Problems

Life is all about relationships, whether it’s family, friends, or business. Whether it’s starting a relationship, continuing one, or ending one, it’s all about communication. I can honestly say from my life, the relationships...more

New Laws in Local Jurisdictions

A number of new laws went into effect in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia as of July 1, 2015. These include the following: In Virginia: Employers are no longer permitted to require workers or job...more

IRS Overhauls Determination Letter Process for Individually Designed Plans

On July 21, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released Announcement 2015-19, which significantly limits the circumstances under which the IRS will accept determination letter applications for individually designed...more

Employee Benefits After Obergefell

In a historic decision, the United States Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges recently held that the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution requires all jurisdictions in all fifty states to: (1) license a...more

Revisit employment policies in light of Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling

Since December 2013, when the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah concluded that Utah’s definition of marriage as the union between only a man and a woman was unconstitutional, the validity of same-sex marriage has...more

Uber Drivers: Employees or Independent Contractors?

Since its founding in 2009, Uber has gained both praise and notoriety for shaking up the taxi industry by allowing individuals who meet minimum requirements to provide an on-demand car service via the Uber mobile app. In...more

End-of-Year Bonuses? Possible Tax Pitfalls!

After stepping down from running the family oil business (see last month’s article), Jed Clampett runs Mama’s Fried Pies, his late wife Rose Ellen’s fried pie business. With business booming, Jed decides to hire Elly May as...more

Labour Fund Reporting Requirements Enacted

The Income Tax Act was recently amended to enact unprecedented and potentially onerous public disclosure obligations on labour organizations and investment funds in which labour organizations or persons represented by a...more

A U.S. Employer’s Guide to Basic UK Employment and Immigration Laws

UK employment law is constantly developing and it has been challenging for employers to keep up with the changes in recent years. All employers in the UK, no matter how big or small, are required to comply with these laws or...more

IRS Makes Significant Changes to Qualified Plan Determination Letter Program

The IRS has announced significant changes to its qualified plan determination letter program. These changes, which become effective January 1, 2017, impact individually-designed plans. Favorable determination letters...more

Employee Benefits: A Major Curtailment of the IRS Determination Letter Program Will Impose New Compliance Burdens on Sponsoring...

The Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") announced, on July 21, 2015, a major curtailment of its determination letter program for individually designed qualified retirement plans ("Individually Designed Plans") that will impose...more

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

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