All Items: US Jurisdictions

  • FICA Refund Claim Guidance Issued by IRS

    Date:
    March 27, 2017

    The IRS has issued Rev. Proc. 2017-28, clarifying the procedure by which an employer may request an employee's consent to seek a refund of overwithheld FICA taxes on the employee's behalf, beginning June 5, 2017.

  • Supreme Court Uses NLRB Case to Limit Presidential Power

    Date:
    March 23, 2017

    The Supreme Court has ruled that then President Obama exceeded his authority in allowing Lafe Solomon to serve as the NLRB's interim general counsel while he was awaiting Senate confirmation for the permanent general counsel position. The ruling is significant in that it could apply to any future temporary agency appointments that President Trump might consider.

  • DOL Issues Temporary Enforcement Policy Regarding ERISA Fiduciary Rule

    Date:
    March 20, 2017

    The US Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a temporary enforcement policy relating to its recently proposed 60-day extension of the applicability date of the final rule defining who is a "fiduciary" under ERISA.

  • 11th Circuit Finds Title VII Does Not Ban Sexual Orientation Discrimination

    Date:
    March 17, 2017

    A divided 11th Circuit appellate court has ruled 2-1 that a gay woman who presents herself in a masculine manner cannot sue her former employer for sexual orientation discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

  • After St. Louis Minimum Wage Ordinance Rises From the Dead, Legislature Moves to Strike It Back Down

    Date:
    March 8, 2017

    St. Louis is preparing to enforce its recently resurrected minimum wage ordinance, but a bill to preempt it and other Missouri cities from enacting local minimum wage ordinances is advancing quickly through the state legislature.

  • USCIS Temporarily Suspends H-1B Visa Petition Premium Processing

    Date:
    March 7, 2017

    US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has temporarily suspended the premium processing of all H-1B visa petitions starting April 3, 2017, the first day on which the agency would have begun accepting such petitions this year.

  • Hugs May Create Hostile Work Environment, 9th Circuit Rules

    Date:
    March 2, 2017

    The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that unwelcome workplace hugs may give rise to a sexually hostile work environment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. The case is a reminder of the boundaries between appropriate and inappropriate workplace conduct.

  • California Unisex Single-Occupant Restroom Law Takes Effect

    Date:
    March 1, 2017

    Effective March 1, 2017, California employers must post signage that identifies restrooms with no more than one water closet and one urinal with a locking mechanism controlled by the user as being available to all genders.

  • H-1B Visa Petition Filings Are Due April 3 for FY 2018

    Date:
    February 23, 2017

    Employers that want to hire foreign workers for fiscal year (FY) 2018 for positions that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, teaching, engineering and computer programming should get ready now to file H-1B visa petitions with US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on April 3, 2017.

  • Whistleblowing General Counsel Wins $11 Million Against Ex-Employer

    Date:
    February 22, 2017

    A federal jury in California has awarded nearly $11 million in damages to the former general counsel of Bio-Rad Laboratories in a whistleblower lawsuit involving potential bribery in China. The jury found Sanford Wadler engaged in protected activity when he sent an internal memo calling for an investigation into possible bribery that could involve senior management.

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