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'Compassionate Allowances' Process Speeds Up Disability Applications

Applicants for Social Security disability benefits often have to wait months, if not years, before they finally receive a check from the government, even if they are clearly eligible for benefits. However, in certain...more

Reminder of Key Gainful Employment Program Deadlines

As the calendar imminently turns to 2016, postsecondary institutions must be mindful of several key deadlines applicable to their Gainful Employment (GE) programs, which include all non-degree programs at public and private...more

AB 622 Restricts the Use of E-Verify

Assembly Bill 622, which takes effect on January 1, 2016, adds section 2814 to the California Labor Code. Section 2814 prohibits employers from using E-Verify to check the employment authorization status of an existing...more

Before Signing Anything on Behalf of Someone Else, Talk to Your Special Needs Planner

People lack the ability to sign documents for various reasons. In some cases, a person has suffered from a disability since birth and has never had the mental capacity to make decisions for himself. In other cases, an injury...more

ABLE Programs and Beneficiaries Boosted by Helpful Guidance from IRS and Social Security Administration

The Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act), one of the few recent examples of bipartisan cooperation on a new category of tax and budget expenditure, is both well-intentioned in its...more

Quiet Changes to Social Security Could Have Big Impact

If you are at or near retirement age, you are likely aware there will be no cost-of-living adjustment to Social Security benefits for 2016. In other words, your benefits will remain the same for next year. As a result, many...more

CFPB to hold retirement planning event

The CFPB has announced that it will be holding an event about retirement planning with the Social Security Administration in Washington, D.C. on November 12, 2015. After remarks from Director Cordray and Acting Commissioner...more

Employee Benefits Developments - October 2015

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), consistent with prior regulations from the Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS), issued supplemental proposed regulations requiring employer sponsored health plans to provide...more

2015-2016 California Labor & Employment Laws Affecting Construction Industry

Assembly Bill 219 – Prevailing Wages for Concrete Delivery on Public Projects - AB 219 continues California’s aggressive expansion of prevailing wages. This bill expands the definition of “public works” for purposes of...more

2016 Cost of Living Increases are Rare

On October 21, 2015, in Information Release 2015-118, the IRS announced cost-of-living adjustments to various dollar limitations under the Internal Revenue Code (the "Code") for pension plans and other related items for the...more

IRS Announces Employee Benefit Plan Limits for 2016

Recently the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Social Security Administration announced the cost-of-living adjustments to the applicable dollar limits on various employer-sponsored retirement and welfare plans and the...more

Summary of Key New California Laws for 2016: What Employers Should Know

Governor Brown has signed several laws impacting California employers. A summary of some of the key new laws follows. The effective date of the particular new law is indicated in the heading of the Assembly Bill (AB) and/or...more

California Enacts a Raft of New Employment Legislation

The latest legislative session has just ended, and, true to form, the California Legislature has added more than a dozen new laws affecting employers doing business in the nation’s largest state.  These statutes are in...more

A Recap of National Health IT Week

National Health IT Week wrapped up on Friday. This may have been the most eventful week in the ten year history of the event, which is organized by the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Below are a few...more

Transferring Assets Could Create a Long Waiting Period When It Comes Time to Apply for SSI

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a federal program that helps people with disabilities and very low incomes pay for food, clothing and shelter. Unlike some other disability benefits, SSI is a "needs-based" program, which...more

Court Finds Against EEOC And Holds Charging Party Who Represented Herself As Being “Totally Disabled” Was Not Qualified To Perform...

In EEOC v. Vicksburg Healthcare LLC, et al., Case No. 13-CV-895 (S.D. Miss. Aug. 27, 2015), Judge Keith Starrett of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi recently rejected the EEOC’s lawsuit. He...more

New Social Security Card Application Requisites Raise Eyebrows

On August 10, 2015, the Social Security Administration (SSA) adopted a final rule that, as of September 9, 2015, eliminates the requirement that applicants seeking to obtain a new or replacement Social Security number card...more

OPM update: OPM hit with another class action suit—this one filed by a Judge

Ho hum. Another class action filed against OPM for its massive data breach. The interesting fact here? The suit’s named plaintiff is a Judge with the Social Security Administration. On Friday, August 7, Social Security...more

What to Do When Your Child Turns 18, Part III: Medical Coverage and Housing

Medical care is one of the most important services, if not the most important service, that a person with special needs may need over the course of her life. The transition from a parent's health insurance to an individual...more

What You Need to Know About Applying for Disability Benefits

Applying for disability benefits from the federal government through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs can be a daunting task. Here is a brief overview of how the...more

Proposed Expansion of E-Verify Services and Obligations Could Add New Burdens for Employers

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced its intention to expand not only its E-Verify communication services but also implement new obligations for employers that participate in the E-Verify...more

Medical Residents Held Subject to FICA

In the case of University of Texas System v. U.S., 759 F.3d 437, (2014) the U.S. Supreme Court on April 27, 2015 declined to review a decision of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals which, affirming the district court,...more

What to Do When Your Child Turns 18, Part I: Education and Employment

At some point in their child's early adolescence, most families suddenly realize that the services and programs that they rely on to care for the child will soon disappear and be replaced by radically different benefits. ...more

Parents of disabled children may experience depression and memory loss

Raising a disabled child can create unique challenges for Illinois parents. These parents typically face high levels of stress, misunderstanding from others and burdensome financial expenses. Additionally, the demands of...more

FICA Tax Student Exemption Resolution: Fifth Circuit Decision About Refunds of FICA Taxes Paid by Medical Residents Stands

FICA taxes, which fund the Social Security program, are not levied on state employees unless a state voluntarily opts in to the program. A state opts in by executing an agreement, commonly referred to as a “section 218...more

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