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New Year’s Resolution #2: New Year, New Leave Policies – Don’t Get Left Behind on Compliance!

As we count down to the fast-approaching New Year, one of the most significant changes taking place for employers in New York is the implementation of the New York Paid Family Leave law, which takes effect on January 1, 2018....more

Puerto Rico Department of the Treasury issues Q&As Clarifying Guidance on Qualified Payments Made for Hurricane María Disaster...

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As previously discussed, on October 4, 2017, the Puerto Rico Department of the Treasury (the “PR Treasury”) issued Administrative Determination No. 17-21 (“AD 17-21”) granting temporary income tax exemption for payments...more

Final Tax Bill Impacts Transportation Fringe Benefit Plans

Late on December 15th, the House-Senate Conference Committee released the final tax bill. The House and Senate molded the differences between the previous House and Senate versions, with most of the Final Tax Bill looking...more

Plans should get rid of those forfeitures

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Forfeitures that occur when people terminate service from retirement plans is usually a problem when the plan sponsor and their providers forget about them. Whether forfeitures are used to pay expenses, reduce employer...more

Paid Sick Leave Legislation Appears Inevitable for Maryland Businesses

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Last legislative session the Maryland General Assembly passed the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act (HB1/SB230) (“the Act”), which required employers with 15 or more employees to provide paid sick and safe leave. Although...more

What Requirements Washington Employers Need to Know About State Paid Sick Leave Law That Becomes Effective January 1, 2018

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

A new statewide leave law that has taken many employers by surprise - In November 2016, Washington voters passed Initiative 1433, best known for increasing Washington’s minimum wage to one of the highest in the nation....more

Memo to Massachusetts Employers for 2018 and 2019: How Not to Comply with the EMAC New Rules

In a November 20, 2017 post, we reported on Massachusetts’ passage of H. 3822, “An Act Further Regulating Employer Contributions to Health Care,” (the “Act”), the purpose of which is to shore up the finances of the...more

New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The California Legislature passed numerous labor and employment bills that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in 2017. • Many of the new laws relate to wages and hours, leaves and benefits, hiring practices, health and...more

Connecticut Department of Revenue Services Issues Additional Guidance on the New Mandatory Income Tax Withholding Requirements for...

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On December 7, 2017, the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) issued additional guidance regarding the new statutory withholding requirements for certain payors of pension and annuity payments set to take effect...more

Summary of Select New Laws Impacting California Employers

The new year will bring many changes to California’s employment laws in various areas, including hiring practices (such as a statewide “ban the box” law); leaves and benefits (including expansion of parental leave to small...more

HUB enters the retirement plan space and it makes sense

by Ary Rosenbaum on

CVS just announced they are buying Aetna and a sign of further consolidation in the health care industry. We see consolidation in the retirement plan business so it’s not shocking to see a leading insurance broker decided to...more

Oregon Pension Task Force Releases Report On Unconventional Funding Sources

by Nossaman LLP on

In 2017, Oregon Governor Kate Brown convened a special task force (Task Force) to study opportunities for the State and local agency employers to reduce the unfunded actuarial liabilities of the Oregon Public Employee...more

New anti-money laundering regulations: action for pension scheme trustees - Updated December 2017

by Hogan Lovells on

Pension scheme trustees should be aware of requirements under new money laundering regulations to record information and, in some cases, to give the information to third parties and to register the information with...more

Employers: Paid Family Leave is IN and Salary Inquiries are OUT

by Vedder Price on

Recent employment legislation in New York State and New York City affords new benefits and protections to employees and job applicants. These laws also bring new obligations for employers. Before the holiday season is in full...more

I-22- The Benefits of Benefits: A Roundtable Discussion on Trending Benefits Issues for 2018

by Cozen O'Connor on

From tax and health care reform to employee wellness programs to even handheld electronic devices, why should your company be interested in today's hot benefits issues? In today's episode of Employment Law Now, a roundtable...more

Update: IRS Announces Employee Benefit Plan Limits for 2018

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On Monday, November 27, 2017, the Social Security Administration announced that the it is lowering the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax for 2018 to $128,400. The Social Security Administration...more

Watch out for IRS letters: IRS Begins Enforcing Employer Mandate

by FordHarrison on

The IRS has recently begun enforcing the “employer shared responsibility” (ESR) provisions of the Affordable Care Act (the "Act"), which require employers having 50 or more full-time employees (or full-time equivalent...more

‘Tis the Season for ACA Penalties

by Polsinelli on

After several years of uncertainty surrounding enforcement of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act of 2010’s so-called “employer mandate,” the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has begun assessing penalty notices for the...more

DOL Finalizes 18-Month Fiduciary Rule Delay, Extends Enforcement Policy

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The Department of Labor (DOL) on Nov. 29 finalized additional delays to major aspects of its fiduciary rule by formally extending, by 18 months, certain transition period deadlines and applicability dates. Consequently, in...more

November 2017: The Top 14 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. November was no...more

New Jersey Proposes to Drastically Restrict the Use of Non-Compete Agreements

Last month, the New Jersey State Senate introduced Senate Bill 3518 (the “Bill”), which, if passed, will severely restrict the use and enforceability of employee non-compete agreements in the state of New Jersey. Most...more

Advisors Advantage - December 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

How A Plan Provider Should Handle Employees. Some tips from a former plan provider disgruntled employee. I always say that the main reason that I don't want to have employees is that I was an employee once too. An...more

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting A Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation Q&A #4 - Q&As on Annuity Sales Practices,...

by Carlton Fields on

For the past several months, we have written about potential litigation issues under the “revised temporary” DOL Rule involving the offer and sale of annuities in the IRA market. This article continues that discussion. Recall...more

The DOL’s Fiduciary Rule: An Update And Practical Advice

by Carlton Fields on

This updates our August 15 blog entry, which targeted employers who sponsor retirement or welfare plans and are concerned about their fiduciary liabilities for properly selecting service providers....more

Plan Sponsors Should Take Action during the New Fiduciary Rule Transition Relief Period

On November 29, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced an extension to July 1, 2019, of the previously established deadline for transition relief from many provisions of the new fiduciary rule applicable to investment...more

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