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  • Maryland Taxpayers May Be Due County Income Tax Credits, Supreme Court Rules

    27 May 2015

    The US Supreme Court has ruled that Maryland's income tax system, under which residents who pay taxes to another jurisdiction are entitled to credit those taxes against their state income taxes, but not their county income taxes, violates provisions of the US Constitution's Commerce Clause.

  • Oklahoma Bans Texting While Driving

    26 May 2015

    Oklahoma has become the 46th state to ban texting while driving. An Oklahoma employer that uses commercial drivers or that requires employees to drive as part of their work assignments (e.g., traveling sales professionals) will need to update its driving policies to comply with this new law.

  • ERISA Fiduciaries Must Continuously Monitor Plan Investments

    21 May 2015

    The US Supreme Court has confirmed that plan fiduciaries have a continuing obligation to monitor investments in a plan under § 401(k) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). Plan fiduciaries need to take concrete steps to minimize liability risks.

  • Los Angeles Sets Path for $15 Minimum Wage

    20 May 2015

    The Los Angeles City Council on May 19 voted 14-1 to adopt a motion directing the city attorney to draft an ordinance that would annually increase the city's minimum wage over the next five years, reaching $15.00 per hour by 2020.

  • EEOC Launches Digital Charge System Pilot Program

    19 May 2015

    The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that it will launch a pilot program to electronically transmit documents between the EEOC and employers regarding discrimination charges. The program, called ACT Digital, will be implemented in 11 of its 53 offices.

  • Ohio Will Remove Criminal History Box From State Job Applications

    18 May 2015

    Effective June 1, Ohio will remove criminal history questions from state job applications that prospective employees are asked to check off if they have ever been convicted of a crime. In doing so, Ohio becomes the 17th state with at least some form of a "ban the box" policy.

  • Georgia Law Now Permits Wage Payment by Payroll Card

    15 May 2015

    Under a law change that is effective immediately, Georgia employers now have the option to pay employees by payroll card in addition to cash, check and direct deposit.

  • Employer Hiring Practices Undergo Novel Test in New York City

    14 May 2015

    New York City employers may soon find their hiring practices going under the microscope. Under a law recently signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, the New York City Commission on Human Rights will conduct discrimination testing to determine if targeted employers are using illegal bias when screening job applicants for employment.

  • IRS Revises List of Private Delivery Services, Updates Postmark Date Rules

    13 May 2015

    In Notice 2015-38 the IRS has revised the list of designated private delivery services (designated PDSs) that employers filing federal tax forms, or other documents, with the IRS may use in order to be eligible for protection under the "timely mailing treated as timely filing/paying" rule of Internal Revenue Code (IRC) § 7502. The Notice also updates and consolidates the rules for determining the postmark date for documents delivered by a designated PDS. These changes are effective May 6, 2015.

  • New FLSA Regulations Imminent

    12 May 2015

    The US Department of Labor has submitted draft Fair Labor Standards Act regulations to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a final review before they are presented to the public at large for comment.

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