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  • 2015 Pension Plan Limits Announced, 401(k) Deferral Limit Increases to $18,000

    24 October 2014

    The Internal Revenue Service has announced the tax year 2015 cost-of-living adjustments affecting dollar limitations on benefits and contributions under qualified retirement plans and other inflation-adjusted amounts. Many of the pension plan limitations will increase for 2015 because the increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds that trigger their adjustment. Other limitations will not change because the relevant thresholds were not met.

  • Social Security Wage Base Increasing to $118,500 for 2015

    23 October 2014

    The Social Security Administration has announced that the Social Security taxable wage base will be $118,500 for 2015, as adjusted for inflation. As in prior years, there is no limit on the amount of wages subject to Medicare tax withholding. The Social Security and Medicare (FICA) tax rates will not change for 2015.

  • California Changes Cal/OSHA Abatement Law

    14 October 2014

    California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law an amendment that changes the way the California Division of Health and Safety (DOSH, better known as Cal/OSHA) may grant modifications to civil penalties for abatements or to give credit for abatements for violations. The law will go into effect on January 1, 2015.

  • Wal-Mart to End Health Care Benefits for 30,000 Part-Time Employees

    13 October 2014

    Effective January 1, 2015, Wal-Mart will stop providing health insurance to part-time employees who work fewer than 30 hours per week.

  • New Third-Party Sick Pay Recap Filing Procedure, Form Required in 2015

    10 October 2014

    Employers will be required to file new Form 8922, Third-Party Sick Pay Recap, for sick pay paid to employees by a third-party agent or insurer in 2014 in order to reconcile Forms 941, Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return, and Forms W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. Previously, a third-party payer of sick pay filed recap Form W-2, and Form W-3, Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements, with the Social Security Administration.

  • USCIS to Dispose of E-Verify Records Over 10 Years Old

    09 October 2014

    US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that on January 1, 2015, it will begin disposing of E-Verify records that are over 10 years old.

  • EEOC Files Another Challenge of Employer Wellness Program Under ADA

    08 October 2014

    The EEOC has filed a second lawsuit claiming an employer's wellness program violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • Alabama Teaming Up With Feds to Pursue Employers That Misclassify Independent Contractors

    07 October 2014

    Alabama is the 16th state to join the US Department of Labor's Misclassification Initiative, following California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New York, Utah and Washington.

  • Supreme Court's New Term Filled With Cases Affecting Employers

    06 October 2014

    The US Supreme Court's new term begins today and includes a number of cases with significant employment law implications, including a pregnancy accommodation dispute, a religious discrimination case involving Abercrombie & Fitch and more.

  • IRS May Designate Payments Subject to Voluntary Income Tax Withholding Agreements

    03 October 2014

    Final regulations adopt without changes proposed and temporary regulations issued in 2013 that allow the Internal Revenue Service to designate payments for which the payer and payee may agree will be subject to a voluntary income tax withholding agreement. The final regulations are applicable on or after September 16, 2014.

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