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When Your SSD Claim Is Denied

by Howard Ankin on

It is not uncommon for disability claims to be denied at one point or another during the Social Security Administration’s disability determination process. The final award rate has varied significantly for applicants seeking...more

USCIS Unveils New Round of Enhancements to E-Verify

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched a modernized version of E-Verify on April 23, 2018. The changes are a result of feedback from E-Verify users and are intended to enhance the employment eligibility...more

Retroactive application of unclaimed property law for life insurance deemed unconstitutional in Florida

Legislation requiring the life insurance industry to conduct searches of the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File (DMF) and set the trigger for the escheatment dormancy period at the date of an insured’s death...more

USCIS Launches New E-Verify Website

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Yesterday, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the launch of a new and expanded E-Verify website, E-Verify.gov. The website, which is in both the English and Spanish languages, includes sections for...more

Time to Complete Open E-Verify Cases

by Mintz Levin on

On Wednesday, March 14, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) alerted employers enrolled in ??its E-Verify employment confirmation program that it will transfer all E-Verify case data to a new interface later this...more

Revised Employee Benefits-Related Limits for 2018; Decreases in Family HSA Contributions and Adoption Assistance Require Action

As a resource, the Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck prepares a chart identifying the annual adjustments to the dollar limitations that impact employee...more

Action Needed by Certain ERISA Plans – New Disability Claims Procedures Apply Beginning April 2018

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

In January 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that final regulations affecting how some ERISA plans process claims and appeals will apply beginning April 1, 2018. As explained below, the final regulations...more

Are Your Executive Compensation Arrangements Safe from the New Disability Regulations?

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Beginning April 1, 2018, new disability claim regulations may apply to some executive compensation arrangements. Given this pending regulatory deadline, employers need to analyze which of their executive compensation...more

Sudden impact: When a spouse unexpectedly dies

It’s almost impossible to fully prepare for a spouse’s sudden death, but it helps to keep one’s finances organized and communicate with a spouse about these matters. This article offers points to address in the event a spouse...more

Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - February 2018

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. notified its electronic medical record customers last week that a ransomware attack was behind the disruption of service for medical providers. Please see full Publication below for...more

Privacy Tip #124 – FTC Alerts Consumers to Social Security Administration Scammers

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a scam alert this week notifying consumers that it has received an up-tick in complaints that scammers are calling consumers claiming they are from the Social Security Administration....more

The Government Shutdown's Impact on Immigration

On January 20, 2018, the federal government entered into a partial shutdown following Congress’s failure to reach an agreement to continue funding the federal government. Certain federal agencies that rely solely on...more

What If The Government Shuts Down tonight?(1/19/2018): Impact On Immigration Services

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Congressional negotiations on a federal spending bill remain very active. To avoid a federal government shutdown, a decision or a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government at current levels must be reached...more

Washington Legislature Introduces Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On January 10, 2018, a bill was introduced in the Washington State Legislature that would substantially enact the Revised Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (RUUPA) finalized by the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) in late 2016. The...more

EO Update: e-News for Charities & Nonprofits

by Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner on

Employers face a January 31, 2018, due date for filing 2017 Forms W-2 and W-3 with the Social Security Administration. This date applies to both electronic and paper filers....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

ERISA: Successfully Opposing Motions to Supplement the Record with Social Security Disability Determinations– the Advantage to De...

You already know that in ERISA life, health and disability claim determinations, “‘[i]n most cases…the district court should only look at the evidence that was before the plan administrator at the time of the determination.’”...more

Social Security Administration Corrects and Updates Wage Base for 2018

On November 27, 2017, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that it is adjusting the maximum earnings subject to the Social Security tax for 2018 to $128,400. As we have previously posted, the SSA had announced...more

SSA Changes Update of Social Security Wage Base for 2018

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The Social Security Administration, in a press release issued November 27, 2017, revised the Social Security wage base for 2018 that it had previously announced in October, changing it from $128,700 to $128,400. ...more

DOL Requests Extension of Final Disability Claims Rule To April 1, 2018

by Benesch on

On October 10th the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed to extend by 90 days the applicability date for the Final DOL Claims Procedure Regulations (Rule) from January 1, 2018 to April 1, 2018. At the beginning of this year,...more

Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration announce benefit limits for 2018

The Internal Revenue Service and Social Security Administration have announced the various retirement plan benefit and employment tax limits for 2018. In many cases, including in regard to 401(k) deferrals, the limitations...more

Updated Form I-765 Allows Applicant to Request Social Security Number Without Having to File Separate Request with the Social...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

On October 2, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new version of Form I-765, the application used to apply for an employment authorization document (or “EAD” card). Based on a new...more

Social Security Numbers May be Requested with Work Permission

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

The form I-765 has been revised so that applicants may request a Social Security number at the same time. The form is used to request work permission, known as EAD or Employment Authorization Document, by certain foreign...more

Updated USCIS Form Creates Streamlined Path to EAD and Social Security Number

Following an announcement issued on October 2, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin offering foreign nationals in certain categories the option to simultaneously file for work authorization and a...more

Walking The E-Verify Tightrope: The Balance Between Compliance And Avoiding Discrimination Claims

by Fisher Phillips on

Here’s the skinny: the Trump administration wants to make E-Verify mandatory for all employers. The electronic database that immediately confirms an individual’s eligibility to work in the United States has been promoted as a...more

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