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Helping Handbook for Those Affected by Northern California Wildfires

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

This handbook provides an overview of some of the issues that individuals, families, and small businesses may face as a result of the wildfires that swept Northern California in October 2017. Please note that this handbook...more

How to Reverse Medicare Surcharges When Your Income Changes

What happens if you are a high-income Medicare beneficiary who is paying a surcharge on your premiums and then your income changes? If your circumstances change, you can reverse those surcharges....more

México: Medidas de Apoyo a Empresarios y Trabajaores con domicilio en diversos Estados de la República declarados en desastre...

by Littler on

Mediante comunicado oficial el Instituto del Fondo Nacional de la Vivienda para los Trabajadores (“INFONAVIT”), implementó una serie de medidas de apoyo para empresarios y trabajadores cuyo domicilio se encuentre ubicado en...more

Social Security benefits: When is the right time to begin receiving payments?

For those nearing the age when they can begin receiving Social Security benefits, it’s important to understand how the timing of applying for benefits can affect monthly payments. This article explains what factors to...more

Mexico: INFONAVIT Implements Support Measures for Employers and Employees Located in the Various Mexican States Impacted by the...

by Littler on

The INFONAVIT announced the implementation of support measures for employers and employees located in the states of Oaxaca, Chiapas, Puebla, Guerrero, Morelos, Tlaxcala, and/or Mexico City, which are areas declared to be in a...more

China and Spain Signed Bilateral Social Security Agreement

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Bilateral social security agreements between countries play an important role in facilitating the cross-border movement of employees, as they reduce exposure to the simultaneous application of the relevant...more

Maine Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Two Workers’ Compensation Matters Involving Old-age Social Security Offset and Medical...

by PretiFlaherty on

The Maine Supreme Court heard oral argument in two workers’ compensation cases on September 13, 2017. In Victor Urrutia v. Interstate Brands International, WCB 16-524, an Administrative Law Judge ordered that the employer...more

Venezuela Anuncia Aumento del Salario Mínimo y del "Cestaticket Socialista"

by Littler on

Mediante los Decretos N° 3.068 y N° 3.069 publicados en Gaceta Oficial N° 41,231, de fecha 7 de Septiembre de 2017, el Presidente Nicolás Maduro aumentó el salario mínimo mensual en un cuarenta por ciento (40%) y ajusta la...more

Venezuela Announces Increases to the Minimum Wage and Meal Benefit

by Littler on

Through Decrees N° 3.068 and 3.069, published in the Official Gazette N° 41.231 on September 7, 2017, Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro increased the monthly minimum wage by 40% and "the meal benefit” calculation base to...more

Hedging Bets On Social Security

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

If you have been reading the news lately, we have seen lots of electronic ink spilled over entitlement programs, especially Medicaid and its role in health care reform. Meanwhile, the report of the Trustees of the Social...more

Tribal Tax Parity Legislation Gains Ground in Congress

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In the past month, members of Congress have introduced two important bills that promote parity for tribal governments and their tribal council members. The Tribal Social Security Fairness Act would allow tribal...more

Sharing Economy: European Parliament call for EU level guidance on employment and social security questions

by Hogan Lovells on

To regulate or not to regulate: This question becomes relevant for the sharing economy after last week’s European Parliament resolution calling for clear EU guidelines on the collaborative economy. The resolution is a...more

Costa Rica: IVM Contributions to Increase as of July 1, 2017

by Littler on

On June 6, 2017, the Board of Directors of the Department of Social Security (this agency is also known as “CCSS”, for its acronym in Spanish) increased the pension contributions first by .5% effective July 1, 2017, and by an...more

Appeals Court Upholds Charity Care Patient Population Exclusion from DSH Payments

by King & Spalding on

On May 9, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling denying hospitals from including New Jersey Charity Care Program (NJCCP) patients in the hospitals’ disproportionate...more

New Tax Amnesty Law

by White & Case LLP on

Turkey has passed a new law offering taxpayers the opportunity to restructure their unpaid and overdue taxes, social security payments and some other public receivables and to benefit from a partial amnesty for penalties and...more

Trump Administration Releases Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal

by Baker Donelson on

On Tuesday, May 23, the White House released the President's fiscal year 2018 (FY18) budget, launching a contentious and consequential debate that is expected to last through the end of the fiscal year and possibly beyond....more

Littler Global Guide - Portugal - Q1 2017

by Littler on

State Budget Law 42/2016 of December 28, 2017 - Enacted Legislation - Effective January 1, 2017, State Budget Law for 2017 introduced various modifications to the labor law landscape, which have had an immediate...more

Littler Global Guide - Slovakia - Q1 2017

by Littler on

Social Security - Enacted Legislation - Effective January 1, 2017, Slovakia removed the ceilings for mandatory health insurance contributions, which affects high-earning individuals and employer costs. ...more

Study Finds That Social Security Workers Often Provide Incomplete Information

Americans are misinformed about many aspects of Social Security, and local Social Security offices may not be helping, according to a study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The study found that the Social...more

Global Employee Equity at a glance: Taiwan

by White & Case LLP on

Stock Option Plans: Employment - Labor Concerns - There is a risk of employees claiming that they are entitled to compensation for loss of rights under the Plan where the Plan is amended or discontinued or where...more

Global Employee Equity at a glance: Turkey

by White & Case LLP on

Stock Option Plans: Employment - Labor Concerns - There is a risk of employees claiming that they are entitled to compensation for loss of rights under the Plan where the Plan is amended or discontinued or where...more

Global Employee Equity at a Glance: United Kingdom

by White & Case LLP on

Stock Option Plans: Employment - Labor Concerns - There is a risk of employees claiming that they are entitled to compensation for loss of rights under the Plan where the Plan is amended or discontinued or where...more

FICA Taxes and Administrative Traps for Employers

by Sullivan & Worcester on

The nuances of the Social Security and Medicare tax system – collectively FICA taxes – continue to confound and increase the potential liability of employers who are not well versed in this area....more

Top 10 Issues to Consider When Posting Workers in France

by Littler on

“Posting of workers,” a common practice within the European Union, refers to the assignment of an employee to work in another EU Member State (the "host country") on a temporary basis. Under this arrangement, also known as a...more

Proposed Regulations Update Mortality Tables, Minimum Present Value Requirements for Defined Benefit Pension Plans

by McDermott Will & Emery on

Near the end of 2016, the US Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service published two significant sets of proposed regulations on issues pertaining to defined benefit pension plans, including mortality table...more

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