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PODCAST: Immigration Crash Course: What to Know About ICE Enforcement Activities

Ogletree Deakins • September 25, 2018
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues a record-setting pace in auditing and investigating employers over worksite and I-9/E-Verify compliance concerns. Join Denver shareholder Chris Thomas as he covers the current challenges employers face and highlights steps they can take to ensure compliance.

IRS Says Reimbursement of 2017 Moving Expenses Are Tax-Free In 2018

XpertHR • September 25, 2018
The IRS has announced in Notice 2018-75 that, for federal income tax (FIT) and employment tax (i.e., Social Security and Medicare (FICA), and federal unemployment taxes (FUTA)) purposes, an employer should not include in an employee's taxable wages any reimbursements the employer makes in 2018 for moving expenses the employee incurred before 2018. The same rule applies if the employer pays a third-party moving company in 2018 for qualified moving services provided to an employee before 2018.

OFCCP Announces Ombud Service

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • September 25, 2018
On September 19, 2018, the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued a new directive, 2018-09, announcing a plan to implement an Ombud Service in the national office to resolve certain types of concerns contractors face.

IRS Updates Guidance on Paid Family Leave Tax Credit

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • September 25, 2018
On September 24, 2018, the IRS issued updated guidance in Notice 2018-71 (the Notice) on Internal Revenue Code section 45S, the business tax credit for employers that provide paid family and medical leave (the Credit). Under the Credit—which is in effect for calendar years 2018 and 2019 only—an employer that provides paid family and medical leave may claim a credit based on an employee’s qualifying wages.

Door-to-Door Salesmen, Chauffeur Drivers Not Entitled to Overtime Pay under ‘Fair Reading’ of FLSA, Second Circuit Finds

Jackson Lewis P.C. • September 25, 2018
For the first time, a federal appellate court has acknowledged its obligation to give a “fair reading” to all Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime exemptions, as the U.S. Supreme Court stated in Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro, 138 S. Ct. 1134 (2018). For years, courts have narrowly construed the FLSA exemptions, resulting in many decisions adverse to employers.

Am I My Brother’s Keeper? New California Law Says If You Do Business With a Port Trucking Company Then, “Yes You Are!”

Fisher Phillips • September 25, 2018
On September 22, Governor Brown signed SB 1402, a bill that establishes joint and several liability for customers who contract with or use port drayage motor carriers who have unpaid wage, tax and workers’ compensation liability. SB 1402 is effective January 1, 2019.

New York City ‘Cooperative Dialogue’ Mandate Over Accommodations Requests Starts October 15

Jackson Lewis P.C. • September 25, 2018
Employers covered by the New York City Human Rights Law (HRL) must engage in a “cooperative dialogue” with persons who may be entitled to reasonable accommodations under the HRL beginning October 15, 2018.

California Consumer Privacy Act Amendment Signed Into Law

Jackson Lewis P.C. • September 25, 2018
On September 23, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB-1121 amending certain provisions of the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) which was enacted in June of this year.

Illinois Employers Now Required to Reimburse Employee Expenses

Franczek Radelet P.C • September 25, 2018
In late August, Governor Rauner signed into law an amendment to the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act requiring employers to reimburse employees for “all necessary expenditures or losses incurred by [employees].” The law defines “necessary expenditures” as those “reasonable expenditures or losses required of the employee in the discharge of his or her employment duties and which [primarily] benefit the employer.”
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