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  • IRS Announces 2015 Inflation Adjustments to Fringe Benefits, Other Taxable Amounts

    31 October 2014

    The IRS has announced the annual cost-of-living adjustments made to several employee benefits and taxable amounts, based on changes to the Consumer Price Index. These are the maximum amounts that may be excluded in 2015 from an employee's taxable income for specific benefits.

  • OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements Trumped by FMLA Confidentiality Provisions

    30 October 2014

    The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) has ruled that the confidentiality provisions of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) supersede an employer's duty to record injuries and illnesses as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Secretary of Labor v. United States Postal Service.

  • New York Employers Must File Electronically in 2015

    29 October 2014

    Effective with returns due on and after April 30, 2015, all New York employers will be required to file certain withholding tax and unemployment insurance (UI) returns electronically.

  • Emailed FMLA Notices Insufficient, Court Rules

    28 October 2014

    Emailing Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) notices to employees may not suffice without proof the employee actually received the email, a court held in Gardner v. Detroit Entertainment, LLC, d/b/a Motorcity Casino.

  • Minimum Wage Boosts on the Ballot in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota

    27 October 2014

    Initiatives to raise the minimum wage will appear on the ballot November 4 in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota, as well as three cities in California: San Francisco, Oakland and Eureka. Polls show that a majority of voters support the initiatives.

  • 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.

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