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  • IRS Launches Early Interaction Initiative

    27 August 2015

    The IRS has launched an Early Interaction Initiative, aimed at helping employers understand and meet their payroll tax responsibilities. The initiative may help reduce employment tax delinquencies, along with interest and penalties, which may accrue as a result of an employer missing required payments.

  • Target to Pay Nearly $3 Million for Faulty Screening Tests

    26 August 2015

    The Minneapolis-based Target Corporation has agreed to pay $2.8 million to thousands of rejected job candidates who claimed they were unfairly screened out of upper-level positions because of their race or gender. The settlement will be dispersed among more than 3,000 people affected by the use of these screening tests in the hiring process.

  • Federal Standard Per Diem Rates for FY 2016 Released

    25 August 2015

    The General Services Administration (GSA) has announced the per diem rates that apply to the lower 48 Continental United States (CONUS) for the federal government's fiscal year (FY) 2016, which begins October 1, 2015. Any employer may use these rates to reimburse an employee who travels away from home overnight, in lieu of reimbursing his or her actual expenses.

  • Companionship Services Providers Once Again Eligible for Overtime

    24 August 2015

    New regulations that prohibit third-party employers from claiming the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exemption for companionship services providers and narrow the range of duties that FLSA-exempt services providers may perform were upheld by the the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Home Care Ass'n of Am. v. Weil.

  • IRS Issues Draft 2015 Instructions for ACA Reporting Forms

    20 August 2015

    The IRS has issued draft 2015 Instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C, which employers are required to complete and file with the IRS to report on the terms and conditions of the health care coverage offered to their employees, as required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Internal Revenue Code (IRC) § 6055 and § 6056. Draft Instructions for Forms 1094-B and 1095-B have also been issued; these forms are used to report information to the IRS on each individual to whom minimum essential coverage was provided.

  • New IRS Rules Eliminate Automatic Form W-2 Filing Extension

    19 August 2015

    The IRS has issued a set of final, temporary and proposed regulations that remove the automatic extension of time to file information returns on the W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, series of forms (except Form W-2G, Certain Gambling Winnings). The temporary regulations allow only a single 30-day nonautomatic extension of time to file Forms W-2. Comments are requested on the proposed rules.

  • NLRB Rebuffs Northwestern Football Players' Unionization Bid

    18 August 2015

    In a case that sparked nationwide debate, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has declined jurisdiction and, therefore, dismissed an attempt by Northwestern University football players to unionize.

  • Large Employers Like MLB Can Claim Overtime Exemption at Distinct 'Establishments,' 2nd Cir. Rules

    17 August 2015

    In Chen v. Major League Baseball Props., the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that seasonal and recreational establishments that are part of a larger business or enterprise may still take advantage of a Fair Labor Standards Act exemption as long they are a "distinct, physical place of business."

  • IRS Issues Guidance on Tax Treatment of Identity Theft Protection Services

    14 August 2015

    To help combat the growing problem of identity theft in the US, the IRS has issued guidance on the taxability of identity protection services provided by an employer at no cost to employees whose personal information may have been compromised in a data breach. The IRS is also requesting comments from employers on other related issues.

  • Delaware Enacts Social Media Privacy Law Affecting Employers

    13 August 2015

    Effective August 7, a new Delaware privacy law bans employers from demanding access to a job applicant's or employee's personal social media accounts.

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