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  • ICE Steps Up Investigations of Form I-9 Violations in Massachusetts

    Date:
    17 April 2014

    The US Immigration and Custom Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) recently announced that 14 Massachusetts employers were fined more than $175K in total for fiscal year (FY) 2013 immigration-related employment violations.

  • Electronic Reporting of Terminated Employees to OCSE Coming Soon

    Date:
    16 April 2014

    Beginning this May, a new application on the Office of Child Support Enforcement's portal called "eTerm" will enable an employer to electronically notify states (and US territories) that do not yet send income withholding orders electronically (e-IWOs) when the employment of an employee subject to an IWO has ended using the existing e-IWO process.

  • New Indiana Law Protects Veterans from Discrimination

    Date:
    15 April 2014

    On March 25, 2014, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a law aimed at creating employment opportunities for veterans.

  • Same-Sex Spouse Treatment Under Retirement Plans: New Guidance Requires Employer Action

    Date:
    14 April 2014

    The IRS issued Notice 2014-19 and related Frequently Asked Questions providing guidance on how qualified retirement plans should treat same-sex spouses following the Supreme Court's decision in United States v. Windsor. Employers must take action to ensure that plan documents and operations conform to requirements.

  • Gay Employee's Gender Stereotyping Claim Survives Motion to Dismiss

    Date:
    14 April 2014

    The United States District Court for the District of Columbia denied an employer's motion to dismiss a homosexual employee's claim that he was discriminated against for failing to conform to the employer's traditional male stereotypes.

  • 5th Circuit Affirms NLRB Determination Striking Down Confidentiality Policy

    Date:
    11 April 2014

    The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) determination that an employer's confidentiality policy prohibiting employees from disclosing all company financial and personnel information was overly broad and in violation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

  • President Obama Takes Action to Promote Equal Pay for Employees of Federal Contractors

    Date:
    10 April 2014

    In an effort to enforce equal pay laws and combat wage discrimination, on April 8 - National Equal Pay Day - President Obama signed two executive measures aimed at federal contractors. Based on these measures, federal contractors should review their compensation policies and practices to make sure they comply with the equal pay laws.

  • IRS Issues Final Regulations on Payroll Tax Liability of Third-Party Payors

    Date:
    09 April 2014

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued final regulations under § 3504 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) describing circumstances that will help determine which party is liable for an employer's employment taxes when an employer has entered into a service agreement with a third-party payor.

  • IRS Issues Final Regulations Clarifying Transfers of Stock for Services

    Date:
    09 April 2014

    The IRS has issued final regulations under Internal Revenue Code § 83 clarifying when "a substantial risk of forfeiture" exists when property (e.g., stock) is transferred in connection with the performance of services by an employee. The final regulations apply to property transferred on or after January 1, 2013.

  • Minnesota to Increase Minimum Wage to $9.50 by 2016 and Adjust for Inflation Thereafter

    Date:
    08 April 2014

    Legislators have reached a deal that would make Minnesota the fifth state to enact legislation increasing the minimum wage this year, following Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia.