Regulatory Updates

Spending Resolution Affects ACA Taxes, Including Cadillac Tax

January 24, 2018 – On Jan. 22, 2018, President Donald Trump signed into law a short-term continuing spending resolution to end the government shutdown and continue funding through Feb. 8, 2018. The continuing resolution impacts three taxes and fees under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Specifically, the continuing resolution: Delays implementation of the Cadillac tax…

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New Tax Law Includes Changes for Employee Benefits

January 5, 2018 – On Dec. 22, 2017, President Donald Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Act). The Act makes significant changes to the federal Internal Revenue Code (Code), including changes that impact employee benefits. Effective for 2018: Employers cannot deduct expenses associated with qualified transportation fringe benefit programs; Employees cannot…

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DOT Adds Opioids to Drug Testing

The DOT has recently added opioids as one of the drugs tested for in the Federal Drug Testing Program. Does this concern you? If your organization’s Drug and Alcohol policy specifies the other drugs included in the policy, then you are required to add opioids to that list. If you do not include other drugs,…

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ACA Reporting Deadline Extended

December 22, 2017 – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued Notice 2018-06 to extend the deadline for furnishing forms under sections 6055 and 6056 for 2017 to March 2, 2018, from January 31, 2018. The notice also extends the good-faith transition relief from penalties related to 2017 information reporting under Sections 6055 and 6056. There is no…

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OSHA Accepting Electronic Reports Through Dec. 31

December 20, 2017 – The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it is accepting injury and illness reports through Dec. 31, 2017. Establishments affected by OSHA’s new electronic reporting rule that have yet to submit data may still do so without penalty through the end of the year. OSHA’s original first deadline for electronic reporting was July 1, though…

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Equifax Data Breach: What You Need to Know

September 18, 2017 – Equifax, one of the largest credit reporting agencies in the United States, was recently the victim of a massive cyber attack, potentially compromising the personal information of 143 million people. The breach itself occurred between mid-May and July 2017 when cyber criminals gained access to sensitive data by exploiting a weak…

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EEOC Reverts to Prior Version of EEO-1 Report for 2017

On August 29th, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) informed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) it was initiating a review and immediate stay of the pay data collection aspects of the EEO-1 form scheduled to become part of the new EEO-1 Report. Employers should plan to comply with the earlier approved EEO-1…

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DOL Considers Issuing New Overtime Rule

August 24, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published a request for information (RFI) regarding the overtime exemptions for executive, administrative, professional, outside sales and computer employees. The purpose of the RFI is to gather information from the public on 11 key issues before formulating a proposal to amend the Fair Labor…

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New Form I-9 Released for Use in September

On July 17, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued an updated version of Form I-9: Employment Eligibility Verification. Under federal law, every employer that recruits, refers for a fee, or hires an individual for employment in the U.S. must complete a Form I-9. The updated form replaces a version issued in 2016. Employers…

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Minneapolis-St. Paul Sick and Safe Time Ordinances Now in Effect

On July 1, 2017, the Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Ordinance along with the St. Paul Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance went into effect. At this time, both ordinances will only be enforced against those employers residing within each city. This is subject to change, however; and employers residing outside of Minneapolis and St.…

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