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Ten Things You Must Know About the Seattle Secure Scheduling Ordinance

by Lane Powell PC on

The City of Seattle is gearing up for the Secure Scheduling Ordinance to take effect in July. Proposed rules have been issued and public comments are due today. Lane Powell has identified below the top 10 things that...more

The Problem With Loans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When I draft a new 401(k) plan for a client, I’ll recommend a loan provision even though it can be an administrative headache. The reason that I add it because I think participants need to have access to money if in their...more

Employee Benefits Legislation Proposed (But Not Passed) by the Obama Administration

by Jackson Walker on

In February of 2015, the Department of Treasury issued a reported entitled “General Explanation of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2016 Revenue Proposals” (the “General Explanation”). The General Explanation is several...more

Employee W-4 Forms

by Dickinson Wright on

Employers are required to obtain a signed IRS Form W-4 when hiring a new employee. Although Form W-4 is revised each year by the IRS to reflect current tax rates, exemption amounts, etc., the form remains valid until an...more

Limited Right to Ask for Discontinuance of Dues Deductions

by Ruder Ware on

A recent federal court decision in Madison has struck down a portion of the Right-to-Work law applicable to all employers in Wisconsin. Under this decision by U.S. District Judge William Conley, the Court has issued a...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report - January 2017

by Littler on

Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report details notable labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The January edition of the Insider Report reviews what...more

New York City Council Seeks Major Workplace Reforms for Fast Food, Retail Workers

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The New York City Council has introduced six bills as part of a legislative package intended to reform scheduling and workplace practices for fast food and retail workers in New York City. The legislation, introduced on...more

California’s New State Sponsored Retirement Program to Debut Soon: California Employers Blog

by Fisher Phillips on

In September 2016, the California legislature amended the California Secure Choice Savings Trust Act of 2012 (“Secure Choice”). This law will eventually require employers with at least five employees, and which do not offer...more

Mandatory Payroll Deduction Savings Programs Are on the Rise

by Littler on

According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), one-third of American workers do not have the option to participate in a retirement savings plan through their employers. To help employees save for retirement, more states are...more

Litigating California Wage & Hour and Labor Code Class Actions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Introduction and Overview - Since the turn of the century, there has been a huge increase in the number of class action lawsuits alleging violations of California’s overtime laws or other Labor Code statutes and wage and...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - September 2016

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - Pilot Program for Streamlining Awards for Innovative Technology Projects - DOD is proposing to amend the DFARS to implement Section 873 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal...more

States get DOL approval for IRAs, but what about MEPs?

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule providing states with a safe harbor under which they can create programs that require employers to establish payroll-deduction IRAs for employees. I would say that’s a...more

New York Budget Deal Will Bring $15 Minimum Wage and Broad Paid Leave Legislation

On April 4, 2016, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to phase in an increased minimum wage and guarantee paid family leave to all eligible employees throughout New York State. The legislation was part of the...more

Both Statewide Paid Family Leave and the $15 Minimum Wage for Most of the NYC Metro Area Became Law in New York April 4th

In a flurry of activity accompanying agreement with the Governor on a budget in late March, New York State lawmakers passed, and Governor Cuomo subsequently signed, legislation following California’s lead in raising the...more

Family Matters: Governor Cuomo Unveils an Ambitious Plan for Paid Family Leave and a Higher Minimum Wage in New York

On April 4, 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law paid family leave and statewide increases to the minimum wage, making New York the fourth state to guarantee paid family leave and one of a number of states gradually...more

New York State Enacts Paid Family Leave Law

In what is being called one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind in the United States, New York State has enacted a paid family leave law that will ultimately require employers to provide eligible employees with up...more

New York Announces Minimum Wage Increase and Paid Family Leave Program

by Reed Smith on

For any New York employer who thought that the state’s workplace rules and regulations were too easy to comply with, I have good news for you. Empire State lawmakers recently announced an agreement on the 2016-2017 state...more

New York Passes Trailblazing Paid Family Leave Starting in 2018

by Genova Burns LLC on

On March 31, 2016, the New York State Legislature passed a bill that included the country’s most wide-ranging paid family leave law. Beginning in 2018, all full-time and part-time workers employed for 6 months in New York...more

That’s My Stapler: The Issues with Deducting Amounts from an Employee’s Paycheck

In the movie “Office Space,” the company has an employee, Milton, who has an unnatural obsession with the company’s red stapler. In the movie (spoiler alert) Milton eventually burns the whole building down, but what if,...more

Labor Department Provides Guidance on ERISA Coverage of State-Run Retirement Programs for Private Sector Employers

In recent years, a number of states have explored the idea of establishing state-run retirement plans for private sector employees who do not have access to employer-sponsored retirement plans. The preemption concerns under...more

NLRB Reverses 50-Year Policy, Requires Employers To Deduct Union Dues From Employees' Paychecks Even After Labor Contracts Expire

by Laner Muchin, Ltd. on

In Lincoln Lutheran of Race & SEIU , the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) held that an employer’s obligation to "check off" union dues (i.e., deduct union dues from employees’ paychecks for the benefit of the union)...more

Contract Expired So You Want To Stop Deducting Dues From Employee Paychecks? Think Again!

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On August 27, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board overturned 53 years of precedent under Bethlehem Steel, and found that going forward an employer could no longer unilaterally stop deducting union dues from employee...more

Cash Payments to Workers; Convenience or Crime?

by Sanford Millar on

A common technique used to pay immigrants who are ineligible to lawfully work and to pay lawful workers "offbook" in order to reduce reported payroll for workers compensation and other purposes is to pay workers wholly or...more

Connecticut Takes Next Steps Toward Implementing Paid Family and Medical Leave

In a recently enacted budget measure, Connecticut has moved one step closer to implementing statewide paid family and medical leave for employees. However, details about funding and the extent of coverage that any ultimately...more

Davidson v. Henkel — What’s Going On With Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans and FICA

by Jackson Walker on

In This Presentation: - Davidson v. Henkel Corp. - The Parties - NQ Plan - The Plan’s Tax Clauses - Davidson’s Pre-Retirement Counseling - 2011 Compliance Review and Letter - Henkel’s Tax...more

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