All Items: US Jurisdictions

  • 2017 Social Security Taxable Wage Base Substantially Increased, Benefit COLA and Related Figures Also Up

    October 19, 2016

    The Social Security Administration has issued inflation-adjusted figures for 2017, including the Social Security taxable wage base, the earnings tests for retirees who return to work, the quarter of coverage requirement for Social Security benefits, and the cost of living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security benefits.

  • Employers May Not Claim Voluntary Meal Break Payments as Credit for Overtime, 3rd Cir. Rules

    October 12, 2016

    Compensation already paid for hours of work may not be used as an offset and thereby be counted a second time as statutorily required compensation for other hours of work, the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals held in Smiley v. E.I. Dupont De Nemours & Co.

  • Supreme Court to Hear Case Challenging EEOC's Investigatory Power

    October 10, 2016

    The Supreme Court opened its new term by agreeing to hear a case involving the power of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to compel an employer to turn over information during an investigation.

  • Optional 'High-Low', 'Special' Travel Expense Per Diem Rates Issued for 2016-2017

    October 3, 2016

    The IRS has issued Notice 2016-58 listing the 2016-2017 optional 'high-low' federal per diem rates an employer may use to reimburse expenses incurred by employees who travel on business to locations within the Continental US, and the 'special' federal meals and incidental expenses (M&IE) per diem rates that apply to the transportation industry and the incidental-expenses-only rate.

  • New York Paycard and Direct Deposit Final Regulations Impose Many New Employer Requirements, Restrictions

    September 29, 2016

    The New York State Department of Labor has issued final regulations governing the use of paycards and direct deposit to pay employees' wages. Although the law in New York already permits employers to pay employees via these two popular wage payment methods, the final regulations provide many new detailed requirements and restrictions. Employers should act now to be sure their procedures, policies and required forms will be in compliance by the March 7, 2017, effective date.

  • Current Form I-9 Is Valid for Four More Months

    September 23, 2016

    After a series of proposed improvements to and public comment periods on Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, the Office of Management and Budget has approved a revised version of the form, which should be published by November 22. In the meantime, employers may continue using the current form until January 21, 2017. After that date, all prior versions of the form will be invalid.

  • Positive Drug Tests of US Workers at Highest Level in a Decade

    September 21, 2016

    The percentage of employees testing positive for illegal drug use is at its highest level in 10 years, according to an analysis by Quest Diagnostics of nearly 11 million workforce drug test results.

  • Overtime Rule Target of Lawsuit by 21 States

    September 20, 2016

    Several states have filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to nullify new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations from the US Department of Labor (DOL) before they take effect December 1.

  • Workers' Compensation Opt-Out Law Struck Down by Oklahoma Supreme Court

    September 16, 2016

    In Vasquez v. Dillard's, Inc., the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down the state Employee Injury Benefit Act (Opt Out Act), which allows employers to opt out of the state workers' compensation system.

  • Indiana Local Income Tax Reform Effective Soon

    September 13, 2016

    The Indiana Department of Revenue has issued guidance regarding changes in the nonresident local income tax rate and the structure of the local income tax rates in general, effective January 1, 2017.

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