Fringe Benefits

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SCA H&W Rate Increases to $4.02 per hour Effective July 2014

The prevailing health and welfare (H&W) fringe benefit rate was increased effective July 22, 2014 to $4.02 per hour, with the exception that the benefit rate in Hawaii will be $1.66. The new H&W rate applies to “all...more

Employers Are Not Required to Provide Transit Fringe Benefits—Except in California

Since the Golden State sometimes can be a bellwether for national trends, employers nationwide may want to keep an eye on what’s occurring in California regarding commuter benefits. Certain employers in the San Francisco Bay...more

Will the Star Quarterback Be Sacked by the Taxman?

On March 26, 2014, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided scholarship football players at Northwestern University are employees because they “perform services for the benefit of the employer...more

‘Tis The Season for Massachusetts’ Temporary Employees

The holiday shopping season is known for its long lines, steep sales and mall traffic jams, but it also prompts retailers and other businesses to hire a wave of temporary, seasonal employees to increase staffing levels during...more

Am I An Employee?

As the U.S. economy, along with the job market, struggles through troubled times, more and more employers have latched on to the idea of using contracted workers rather than direct-hire employees in their operations — and...more

California Further Restricts Employer Recovery of Prevailing Party Attorney’s Fees

California has amended Labor Code § 218.5 to limit the circumstances under which an employer may recover its attorney’s fees and costs as the prevailing party in a lawsuit in which an employee has sued for nonpayment of...more

Supreme Court DOMA Decision—Part I: Fringe Benefits and Other Tax Implications

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its highly anticipated decision in United States v. Windsor, ruling that Section 3 of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional....more

Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage: Impact on Employee Benefits

The United States Supreme Court’s landmark decision on June 26, 2013 in United States v. Windsor that struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional has far reaching implications for employee...more

It’s Confirmed Again—Davis-Bacon Has No Private Right of Action

In Carrion v. Agfa Construction, Inc., the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently reaffirmed its prior interpretation that there is no private right of action under the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) to recover prevailing wage or...more

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