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  • Supreme Court Case Could Put Future of Public Sector Unions in Doubt

    01 July 2015

    The Supreme Court announced on June 30 that it will hear a case challenging the mandatory union dues that nearly all California teachers are currently required to pay. In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, the justices will consider the legality of a practice that labor unions consider crucial - collecting dues from all workers whether they belong to a union or not.

  • DOL Plans to Double Minimum Salary for Overtime-Exempt Employees to $50,440

    30 June 2015

    Under new Fair Labor Standards Act regulations proposed by the US Department of Labor, an estimated 4.6 million workers who are currently overtime-exempt would become eligible for overtime.

  • Rhode Island Poised to Raise Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees

    29 June 2015

    If Rhode Island's governor signs a new bill as expected, the minimum cash wage for tipped workers would increase from $2.89 to $3.39 on January 1, 2016, and to $3.89 on January 1, 2017.

  • Supreme Court Rules States Can't Ban Same-Sex Marriage

    26 June 2015

    The Supreme Court has ruled 5-4 that the Constitution requires all states to license same-sex marriages and to recognize such marriages when they were lawfully licensed and performed out of state. The Court's historic holding clears the way for same-sex marriage nationwide in finding that same-sex couples cannot be denied the benefits that are afforded to opposite-sex couples.

  • Supreme Court Upholds ACA Federal Subsidies

    26 June 2015

    The Supreme Court upheld federal subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in King v. Burwell. As a result of this decision, the ACA's provisions stand - including those that affect employers the most.

  • Oregon Paid Sick Leave Law Enacted

    25 June 2015

    On June 22, Oregon became the fourth state (behind Connecticut, California and Massachusetts) to enact a paid sick leave law. Employers fortunately have time to become compliant as the law does not take effect until January 1, 2016, and most civil penalties applicable to employer violations of the law will not be assessed until after January 1, 2017. Penalties associated with provisions prohibiting retaliation and employer absence control policies will not be assessed until after January 1, 2016.

  • Oregon, NYC Criminal History Laws Would Affect Most Employers

    24 June 2015

    Oregon could soon become the 18th state with a "ban the box" law if Governor Kate Brown signs the legislation as expected. The bill would prohibit most employers from asking criminal history questions on job applications. New York City also recently passed a "ban the box" law affecting private employers.

  • IRS Issues Interim Guidance on Abatement of Failure to Deposit Penalty For 'Unbanked' Business Taxpayers

    22 June 2015

    The IRS has issued a memorandum (#SBSE-04-0615-0045) providing interim guidance on abatement of the failure to deposit penalty under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) § 6656. The guidance applies to businesses that are unable to get a bank account (the unbanked) or make other arrangements for making federal tax deposits of corporate income, employment (Social Security and Medicare) and excise taxes using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS).

  • Rhode Island Will Raise Minimum Wage to $9.60 to Keep Up With Neighbors

    19 June 2015

    The sponsors of new legislation said Rhode Island's minimum wage needed to keep pace with surrounding states like Connecticut and Massachusetts.

  • Louisiana Governor Signs Amendments to Drug Testing Law

    18 June 2015

    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed amendments into law that create a framework for conducting drug testing of an employee's hair.

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