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March 31st Deadline for 403(b) Plan Sponsors

Jackson Lewis P.C. • February 27, 2020
If your organization sponsors a 403(b) plan for employees and has not adopted an up-to-date written plan document that complies with the applicable regulations, you have until March 31, 2020 to do so. Failure to do could cause substantial negative tax consequences for employees (and the organization) or cause the organization to incur substantial penalties to avoid those consequences.

Act Now! New Procedures in Place for H-1B Season

Jackson Lewis P.C. • February 27, 2020
There is no time to waste! If you are contemplating sponsoring a foreign worker for an H-1B visa, new procedures require you to register electronically starting March 1. Note this only applies to cap-subject applications. In other words, the registration requirement may not apply to an H-1B change of employer. Following registration, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will conduct the selection process from those that have registered. This is for employment commencing on or after October 1, 2020.

IRS Issues Proposed Rule on Business Expense Deductions

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • February 27, 2020
On February 26, 2020, the IRS published proposed regulations implementing changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) regarding the elimination of deductions for entertainment and the limitation on food and beverage expenses. The regulations largely track prior IRS guidance, Notice 2018-76, on these issues.

Hidden Costs of an OSHA Citation for Manufacturers

Jackson Lewis P.C. • February 27, 2020
Manufacturing employees are involved in significant physical labor or with potentially hazardous material, and manufacturers are one of the most common targets of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigations, citations, and penalties. While OSHA often offers to settle penalties quickly, manufacturers should consider carefully whether accepting is in their best interest.

Don’t Let Tenure Mistakes Saddle You with Low-Performing Teachers

Franczek Radelet P.C • February 27, 2020
With the end of the school year slowly approaching, remember that any recommendations to non-renew a probationary teacher’s employment for the next school year must likely be acted upon at the board’s March or April meeting.

Littler Lightbulb: What’s New in Colorado?

Littler Mendelson, P.C. • February 27, 2020
Colorado has been making headlines with several noteworthy new laws and regulations. This Lightbulb will highlight key recently enacted and pending employment legislation in the Centennial State. The Littler Denver office will be carefully monitoring these issues and other state and local developments as they unfold.

Requirements of New Jersey Expanded WARN Act

Jackson Lewis P.C. • February 27, 2020
On January 21, 2020, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law an amendment to the Millville-Dallas Airmotive Plant Job Loss Notification Act to mandate 90 days’ advance notice of a defined mass layoff, transfer of operations, or termination of operations (for companies with at least 100 employees) that affects at least 50 employees, among other provisions. N.J.S.A. § 34:21-1, et seq. The Act takes effect on July 19, 2020.
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