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New Paid Family Leave Tax Credit

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The recently-enacted Tax Cut and Jobs Act (the “Tax Act”) includes a provision that eases the burden for employers who adopt paid family and medical leave policies. The Tax Act added a new federal tax credit available...more

Helping Employers Wade Through the Weeds of California's Marijuana Legalization Law

by Nossaman LLP on

On November 8, 2016, California voters passed Proposition 64, or the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, which immediately made it legal for adults 21 years of age and older to possess and cultivate specific amounts of marijuana for...more

If Pain, Yes Gain—Part XLII: Maryland Becomes Ninth State To Enact Paid Sick Leave Law

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Following successful votes by the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of a 2017 paid sick leave bill, on January 12, 2018 Maryland became the ninth state in the...more

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy Signs First Executive Order for Equal Pay and Gender Equality

by Genova Burns LLC on

In his first official act as Governor of the State of New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy issued an Executive Order on January 16, 2018 promoting equal pay for equal work in New Jersey. The Executive Order, which is set to take...more

New Tax Bill Includes Novel “Harvey Weinstein” Provision to Prevent Sexual Harassment

by Reed Smith on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, with the goal of completely revamping the tax code. In addition to changing many basic facets of tax law, the bill also includes a provision in...more

#MeToo Impacts Harassment Damages/Taxes

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

The recently-enacted Tax Cut and Jobs Act (the “Tax Act”) includes an unheralded change to the tax law that will directly affect sexual harassment settlements. As a direct result of the recent highly-publicized cases...more

FMLA Tax Credit Available For Some Employers Who Offer Paid Leave

by Snell & Wilmer on

Although the federal Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) does not require employers to provide paid leave, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed late last year by President Trump, provides a tax credit incentive beginning this year...more

USCIS to Resume Accepting Applications to Renew DACA

by Littler on

On January 13, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)...more

Sessions Isn’t Blowing Smoke—Marijuana Enforcement Is Back on the Books

by Blank Rome LLP on

At the beginning of January, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a one-page memorandum rescinding the Obama-era approach to marijuana enforcement, which had largely been “hands-off” on prosecuting marijuana users and...more

#MeToo Movement Sparks State Legislation Attempting to Eliminate Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Employers and employees alike may see big changes in the upcoming year regarding state laws dealing with sexual assault and harassment in the workplace. Following the allegations against former film producer Harvey Weinstein...more

Vote On Scott Mugno To Lead OSHA Delayed

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A vote on Scott Mugno to become the head of OSHA has been postponed by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP). Mr. Mugno had already won approval by the committee on a straight-party line vote on...more

Maryland Senate Overrides Governor’s Veto of Paid Sick Leave Law

On Friday, January 12, 2018, the Maryland Senate voted 30-17 to override Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (the “Act”) which passed the Maryland General Assembly last year. The Maryland...more

California Legislature Increases Benefits for Employees on Family Leave and State Disability

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

For periods of disability commencing on or after January 1, 2018, Assembly Bill 908 will increase the benefits provided to individuals in the Paid Family Leave and State Disability Insurance programs. AB 908 raises the level...more

General Assembly Overrides Governor’s Veto: Maryland Employers Have Less Than 30 Days to Implement Paid Sick Leave

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Last year, we reported that Governor Hogan had vetoed legislation that would have required most employers in Maryland to provide paid sick leave. In one of its first actions in 2018, the General Assembly overrode the...more

Beltway Buzz - January, 2018 #2

Some welcome hot air has finally come to D.C., and it’s not just coming from the mouths of politicians and regulators. Seriously. It’s 60 degrees today in D.C.! This time last week, it was 20 degrees. That’s quite a flip-flop...more

Vermont Legislative Update 1-12-18 - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

The House Commerce and Economic Development Committee unanimously approved a bill this week, H.593, that includes a variety of consumer protection provisions that were considered but not approved last year. A similar bill...more

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: White House Immigration Meeting Ends in Expletives, Visa Extensions for Skilled Immigrants Expected...

After a holiday break, the Weekly Round-Up is back, and just in time for a week in which immigration news filled the headlines. White House Immigration Meeting Ends in Vulgarity - On Thursday, Congressional Democrats...more

2018 Tax Reform Series: Change To Employer Deduction Rules

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

This is the sixth article in our series covering the various tax and employee benefits-related changes contained in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed by the President on December 22, 2017. One surprising change made by the...more

Legislation Exempting Tribes From The National Labor Relations Act Passes The House

by Varnum LLP on

The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (TLSA) passed the House of Representatives in the afternoon on January 10, 2018, with a 239-173 vote. The TLSA, if it becomes law, will exclude "any Indian tribe, or any enterprise or...more

USCIS Clarifies Position on AC21 H-1B Extensions

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Last week, USCIS clarified that it is not considering changing its interpretation of the H-1B extension of status provisions offered in the American Competitiveness in the Twenty First Century Act (AC21)....more

Tax Reform: New Act Eliminates Deduction For Settlement Of Sexual Harassment Claims Subject To A Confidentiality Agreement

by Akerman LLP on

In a little noticed and controversial provision, the Tax Act created a new Internal Revenue Code provision (Code Sec. 162(q)), that eliminates a business expense deduction for: (1) “any settlement or payment related to sexual...more

OSHA staffing ups and downs – what could it mean for employers?

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

Part of the Trump administration’s political platform was to shrink the size of the federal government that is not involved in defense and security. As that trickles down to OSHA, what will fewer compliance officers mean for...more

Nursing Mothers Are Now Protected Under the NJLAD

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) was amended to prohibit employers from discriminating against women who breastfeed or express milk during breaks....more

Employee Representation in Germany – Part 2

by Bryan Cave on

March 2018 is getting closer and works council (re)elections will again be on the agenda in Germany. We started this three-part blog last November with Jens Peters` introduction and overview to this topic....more

Mugno Nomination For OSHA Administrator Back Before The Senate

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Due to Senate Rules, the Trump nomination of Scott A. Mugno, for the Assistant Secretary of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health, has now been “returned” to the Senate for consideration....more

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