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More Hurricane Relief & Expansion of DoL Relief to Hurricane Irma

by Winstead PC on

Leave donation program was extended to assist victims of Hurricanes Irma today. The new leave donation program permits an employee to donate his leave to a charitable organization that is eligible to receive charitable...more

New York State Issues Guidance on Tax Treatment of Paid Family Leave Contributions and Benefits

by Littler on

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (DOTF) issued much-needed guidance regarding the tax treatment of deductions from employee wages used to finance paid family leave premiums, and the tax treatment of paid...more

New York State Paid Family Leave - Tax Guidance Issued

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance recently issued guidance on the tax treatment of New York State Paid Family Leave employee contributions and the PFL benefit. The guidance directs that...more

Employee’s Maternity Leave Resulted in a “Deemed Distribution” of 401(k) Plan Loan

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

A recent Tax Court decision suggests that employers may want to review their 401(k) plan loan programs and payroll practices. In Louelia Salomon Frias and Mervyngil Salomon v. Commissioner, TC Memo 2017-139 (July 11, 2017),...more

New OregonSaves Retirement Program Impacts Employers with Oregon Employees

by Benesch on

On July 1, 2017, OregonSaves Retirement Program (“OregonSaves”) went into effect. OregonsSaves is sponsored by the State of Oregon, and is a state-run automatic Roth Individual Retirement Account (“IRA”) for private-sector...more

Brief Answers To Frequently Asked Employment- Related Questions

by Payne & Fears on

With potential deregulation at the federal level and variance among the states, keeping up with employment law can be challenging. Here are some brief answers to employment-related questions frequently asked by corporate...more

Preparing for New York Paid Family Leave: Fast Facts and Best Practices for Empire State Employers

While the U.S. is the only industrialized nation that does not require paid family and medical leave, New York’s incoming Paid Family Leave Program (“PFL”) will guarantee paid leave for nearly all private sector employees,...more

Oregon Launches Retirement Savings Program: Employer Registration Will Be Required

In 2015, Oregon passed legislation creating a state-based retirement savings program that has since been named “OregonSaves.” Implementation of the OregonSaves program was delayed pending the issuance of final rules by the...more

Oregon Board Adopts Final Rules to Implement Retirement Savings Program

by Littler on

On April 18, 2017, the Oregon Retirement Savings Board adopted final rules to implement the Oregon Retirement Savings Program (known as “OregonSaves”) codified at 170-090-0001 et seq. OregonSaves establishes a...more

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

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