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Recent Legislation Will Affect 401(K) Hardship Distributions

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Just a few weeks ago, the federal government avoided a potentially lengthy government shutdown when Congress passed and the President signed into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (the “Act”). You may already know that...more

Is the New Employer Tax Credit for You?

by FordHarrison on

Under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), businesses are entitled to a general business credit which is made up of several component credits, including the Work Opportunity Credit, the Indian...more

Government Initiatives in Response to Wave of Harassment Allegations Challenges Manufacturers

Two recent developments, generated from the tidal forces of the #MeToo movement should get manufacturers’ attention. On December 22, 2017, Congress adopted a comprehensive tax reform law. Included in the statute is an...more

Employee Benefits Implications of the Bipartisan Budget Act

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (“Act”) was signed into law on February 9, 2018. It includes certain provisions impacting employee benefits, 401(k) plans in particular. The following is a brief description of some notable...more

2018 Benefits Grab Bag - Tax Reform, Bipartisan Budget Act and Other Items

by Winstead PC on

Even though the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made some changes to how the Internal Revenue Service (the “Service”) is to adjust retirement plan contribution limits late last year, the Service confirmed that the limits on retirement...more

BUDGET 2018/2019: The “Super Bowl” of State Government

Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles, and its passionate fans, for winning Super Bowl LII and bringing the Lombardi Trophy back to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania! Capitol Buzz celebrates your success, and the whole...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Petition Submitted for Citizen Initiative to Add New Tax to Fund Homecare Services - On January 26, the Maine People's Alliance (MPA) submitted a petition to the Secretary of State's office that, if certified, would put a...more

Pump the brakes: Funding bill delays Cadillac Tax and certain health-related taxes

The stopgap government funding bill passed by Congress on January 22 included a two-year delay of the Affordable Care Act’s excise tax on high cost employer-sponsored health coverage, commonly referred to as the “Cadillac...more

Changes at the Fed – Janet Yellen’s Swan Song As Chair – Who’s Watching the Store and the Fed’s Policy?

January 30 and 31 will mark the first meeting of 2018 for the Fed Open Market Committee as well as the last meeting for Janet Yellen as Chair. As we move into the second full year of Trump’s presidency, the composition of the...more

2018 Budget Deal Delays Several Affordable Care Act Taxes and Fees

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

On January 22, 2018, President Trump signed into law H.R. 195 (hereinafter referred to as the “2018 Budget Deal”) which ended the federal government shutdown and funds the federal government through February 8, 2018. In...more

Tax Reform Impacts Confidentiality in Sexual Harassment Settlements

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act) contains a largely unnoticed provision worth the attention of human resources professionals and legal counsel who draft and implement settlement agreements and releases of...more

Tax Bill Impacts Tax Treatment of Relocation, Transportation, Other Fringe Benefits

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On Friday, December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the 1,100-page tax bill into law. Although not as drastic as the original House proposal, the bill promises to bring about the most impactful tax reform that plan sponsors...more

Beyond The Weinstein Effect: It’s More Than Just Training

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In light of the many high-profile news stories involving sexual harassment, employers are cognizant of the need to update policies, improve investigation procedures, and conduct training. However, there is more going on than...more

Sexual Harassment Legal Settlements: What Employers Need To Know About The New Tax Act

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The new Tax Act prohibits employers from deducting payments to individuals alleging sexual harassment or sexual abuse if the settlement or payment requires the Claimant to execute a nondisclosure agreement....more

Harvey Weinstein, Tax Reform, And Nondisclosures - Oh My!

by Roetzel & Andress on

There is no doubt that the movement known as #MeToo has brought workplace sexual harassment to the forefront of conversation and is both a top priority and concern for all employers. One of the many names associated with this...more

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

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

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

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

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

Tax Bill Means Changes to Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed into law a tax bill reconciling both the House and Senate versions of the so-called Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Act’s major provisions are lowering the corporate tax rate to 21%...more

New Tax Law Impact on Employee Benefits and Compensation

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

At the end of 2017, President Trump signed into law The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) that includes significant changes in the employee benefits area, most of which became effective on January 1, 2018. The following is a...more

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Impact on Employee Benefit Plans

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) into law. While the Act is extensive, this Advisory discusses only the changes made to employee benefits such as qualified retirement plans,...more

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