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IRS Announces New Retirement Plan Guidance for Voluntary Correction Program (VCP) Applications

Nexsen Pruet • December 10, 2018
For HR offices, December is typically a time to recover from open enrollment, tie up loose ends, and look forward to 2019. Lost in the busyness of the last few months may have been some retirement plan guidance from the Internal Revenue Service regarding its Employee Plans Compliance Resolutions System (EPCRS). In Revenue Procedure 2018-52 (September 28, 2018), the IRS has outlined new filing requirements for its Voluntary Correction Program. This guidance essentially amends and restates Rev. Proc. 2016-51, which, as described below, will have limited applicability after December 31, 2018.

Suffolk County Set to Become the Fourth New York Jurisdiction to Ban Salary History Inquiries

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • December 11, 2018
Suffolk County, New York has passed a law making it unlawful for employers and employment agencies with four or more employees to inquire about a job applicant’s salary history or otherwise to rely on such information in setting a new employee’s compensation. Entitled A Local Law to Restrict Information Regarding Salary and Earnings (“RISE Act”), this new law is designed to “help break the cycle of wage discrimination and close the wage gap” for statistically underpaid individuals, such as women and racial and ethnic minorities. This is similar to measures that have already been enacted in New York City, Westchester County, and Albany County. It will go into effect on June 30, 2019.

New York Revises Employee Scheduling Proposal

XpertHR • December 11, 2018
The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) has revised its proposal for expanding the state's show-up time / reporting time requirements, which the NYSDOL refers to as "call-in pay."

California Supreme Court Provides A Dose Of Helpful Medicine For Healthcare Employers

Fisher Phillips • December 11, 2018
In an important decision for employers in the healthcare industry, the California Supreme Court just approved the Industrial Welfare Commission’s long-standing exemption for health care workers in relation to second meal period waivers. The Gerard v. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center case, released earlier today, had already been the subject of another decision from the California Supreme Court, and the California legislature even passed legislation in the middle of the case directly affecting the court’s decisions—which means this decision was a long timing coming for the California healthcare community.
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