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2018 Cost-of-Living Adjustments on IRS Benefit and Contribution Limits

Ogletree Deakins • October 22, 2017
On October 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the cost-of-living adjustments impacting tax-qualified pension plans for 2018. The increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds that triggered adjustments in some of the general pension limitations, including the limit on annual compensation and the individual limit on elective deferrals. However, the individual limit on catch-up contributions will not change for 2018.

4 Practical Tips for Minimizing the Risks of Contingent Labor

XpertHR • October 22, 2017
According to a new survey from Upwork and the Freelancers Union, about 57 million Americans (or 36% of the US workforce) are freelancing, which the study defined as performing supplemental, temporary, project- or contract-based work within the past 12 months. Based on current growth, the study predicts the majority of the US workforce will be freelancing within the next 10 years.

OSHA Injury Tracking Application Up & Running

Jackson Lewis P.C. • October 22, 2017
On August 16th we reported that OSHA had suspended user access to its new Injury Tracking Application (“ITA”) that serves as the web portal for the submission of injury and illness information under OSHA’s “Improve Tracking of Workforce Injuries and Illnesses” rule. The suspension followed a warning by the Department of Homeland Security alerting OSHA to a possible security breach.

Travel Ban Update: Two U.S. District Courts Block President Trump’s Third Immigration Travel Ban

Ogletree Deakins • October 22, 2017
On October 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the cost-of-living adjustments impacting tax-qualified pension plans for 2018. The increase in the cost-of-living index met the statutory thresholds that triggered adjustments in some of the general pension limitations, including the limit on annual compensation and the individual limit on elective deferrals. However, the individual limit on catch-up contributions will not change for 2018.

Federal Court Finds Telephonic Access Could Be an Alternative to Website Accessibility

Ogletree Deakins • October 20, 2017
A federal district court in Los Angeles last week endorsed the possibility that a business may be able to avoid making a website accessible if it provides the same goods and services through telephonic customer service. The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, in Gorecki v. Dave & Buster’s, Inc., No. 2:17-cv-01138-PSG-AGR (October 10, 2017), found that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) had mentioned this alternative to website compliance in its 2010 Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. But the court denied Dave & Buster’s motion for summary judgment because it had not established beyond factual dispute that its website direction, which stated, “If You Are Using A Screen Reader and Are Having Problems Using This Website, Please Call (888) 300-1515 For Assistance.,” was itself accessible to screen reading software.

IRS Publishes Pension Plan Limitations for 2018

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • October 20, 2017
On October 19, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for the 2018 tax year. The list below details some of the key limit increases and those limits which remain unchanged effective January 1, 2018:

Beltway Buzz, October 20, 2017

Ogletree Deakins • October 20, 2017
Deal or No Deal? Bipartisan ACA Agreement Faces Challenges. A bipartisan agreement forged by senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) that would temporarily restore funding for cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) is in limbo, already generating supporters and detractors—and mixed signals from the president.

The Higher They Are, The Harder You Fall

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • October 20, 2017
You don’t need to be a cable news network, a Hollywood production company, a media mogul or a politician in order to feel the ripple effect from the recent wave of workplace sexual harassment claims. While such harassment claims might not always make the nightly news, they are nothing new and they impact every sector of employment. With the current flurry of high-profile harassment claims attracting media attention regardless of the industry, employers should prepare for an increase in claims.

Trump’s Third Travel Ban Blocked By Federal Court

Fisher Phillips • October 20, 2017
For the third time this year, a federal district court has blocked a presidential travel ban from taking effect. Judge Derrick K. Watson, from the District of Hawaii, today granted a motion for a temporary restraining order that bars the federal government from enforcing President Trump’s September 24 travel ban (Travel Ban 3.0) on a national level, once again setting up a showdown at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and possibly the U.S. Supreme Court.

2018 Social Security Taxable Wage Base Inches Up, Benefit COLAs Up More

XpertHR • October 19, 2017
The Social Security Administration has issued inflation-adjusted figures for 2018, including the Social Security taxable wage base, the earnings tests for retirees who return to work, and the Social Security benefits quarter-of-coverage requirement and cost of living adjustment (COLA). Employers should update their payroll systems with these new figures for accurate 2018 withholding.