OSHA forms partnership to protect workers on US Coast Guard headquarters construction project in Washington

OSHA has announced a partnership with Clark Construction Group LLC to promote workplace safety and health, and provide guidance and training for workers involved in the construction of the U.S. Coast Guard headquarters building in southeast D.C. “This partnership affirms OSHA’s commitment to ensuring the safety of workers involved in this project,” said Michael Walterschied, […]

Dunkin’ Donuts franchise to pay $290,000 to settle EEOC suit alleging manager sexually harassed female workers, including teenagers

College View Donuts, LLC, doing business as Dunkin’ Donuts, will pay $290,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to a May 31, 2011 agency statement. The commission’s suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, alleged that the manager of […]

IRS releases Form 941-X

The IRS has released Form 941-X, Adjusted Employer’s QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return or Claim for Refund. Social security tax rate The employee social security tax rate is 4.2% and the employer social security tax rate is 6.2% (10.4% total). Unreported tips A new line has been added to Form 941 for reporting social security and […]

High Court vacates and remands case involving improper notification of cash balance conversion

ERISA §502(a)(1)(B) does not authorize the relief provided by a district court for a plan administrator’s notice failures concerning the conversion of a defined benefit plan to a cash balance plan, according to the U.S. Supreme Court in CIGNA Corporation v. Amara. However, the Court found that ERISA §502(a)(3), which permits “appropriate equitable relief” for […]

FOIA Requests May Preclude False Claims Act Suits

In a 5-3 decision, the Supreme Court reversed and remanded a decision of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit asserting jurisdiction over a False Claims Act qui tam action, because a written agency response to a Freedom of Information Act request is a “report” within the meaning of the FCA’s bar against qui […]

National Market for Air Travel Inappropriate for Analyzing Merger

by Jeffrey May, CCH Trade Regulation Reports A private suit for a preliminary injunction blocking the merger of United Airlines and Continental Airlines was properly dismissed, the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco has ruled in a not-for-publication decision. The plaintiffs –airline travelers and travel agents –failed to define a valid relevant market for […]

DoD Issues Interim Rule on Contractor Business Systems

An interim rule issued by the Department of Defense revises the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement to improve the effectiveness of DoD oversight of contractor business systems. The interim rule follows two proposed rules (¶70,020.283 and ¶70,020.260) and the enactment of the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 (PL 111-383). Section […]

Talent shortages drive nearly half of hiring managers and recruiters to seek professionals outside their local markets

America’s hiring managers and recruiters are forecasting healthy job growth for the remainder of this year, according to a new survey by Dice Holdings, Inc. Slightly more than half (51 percent ) of employers and recruiters anticipate hiring more professionals in the second half of 2011 than in the previous six months. These survey results […]

IRS releases 2012 deduction limits for HSAs

The Treasury and IRS have released the inflation-adjusted amounts for health savings accounts under Code Sec. 223(g). Therefore, for calendar year 2012, the annual limitation on deductions under Code Sec. 223(b)(2) for an individual with self-only coverage under a high-deductible plan remains $3,100 ($6,250 for an individual with family coverage). A “high-deductible health plan” is […]

Tennessee amends its UI law regarding evidence in misconduct cases

Tennessee has amended its Employment Security Law as follows: Evidence. Proof of misconduct for claims and appeals purposes may include personnel records and other business records that are in the possession of a claimant’s employer and that are relevant to a claim. These records will be admissible and may constitute evidence of misconduct, regardless of […]