Employee can’t sue employer’s defense counsel for FMLA interference or defamation

An employee was unable to advance his claims of FMLA interference and defamation against the law firm representing his former employer (who he was also suing for discrimination). Granting the law firm’s motion to dismiss his claims, which were based on the defense attorney’s alleged conduct and statements during DOL proceedings, a federal court in […]

California’s minimum wage to increase to $11 and $10.50 per hour

California’s minimum wage will increase on January 1, 2018, to $11 per hour for employers with 26 employees or more and $10.50 for employers with 25 or fewer employees. Currently, the state minimum wage is $10.50 per hour for employers with 26 or more employees and $10 per hour for employers with 25 or fewer […]

Spencer’s Benefits NetNews – December 15, 2017

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U.S. employees’ financial well-being falters

The financial well-being of U.S. employees reversed direction this year following several years of steady improvement, according to Willis Towers Watson. The biennial survey also revealed a large increase in the number of employees who say their financial woes are negatively affecting their lives and who are worried about their future financial situation. The 2017 […]

DOL intends to rescind 2011 tip-pooling rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) intends to rescind a 2011 regulation that prohibited restaurants and other service-industry employers from requiring tipped employees to share their tips with non-tipped coworkers, even when the employer does not take a tip credit to satisfy a portion of the federal minimum wage and instead pays its tipped employees the […]

Employers need to respond to IRS ESRP letter within 30 days, experts warn

The IRS has started sending Letter 226J to employers for the 2015 plan year, which an applicable large employer (ALE) is likely to receive if the IRS determines that, for at least one month during the year, one or more of the ALE’s full-time employees was enrolled in a qualified health plan for which a […]

Interest rates remain the same for the first quarter of 2018

The IRS has announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning January 1, 2018. The interest rates will remain at 4% for overpayments (3% in the case of a corporation) and underpayments, 6% for large corporate underpayments and 1.5% for the portion of a corporate overpayment exceeding $10,000. The interest […]

Pension & Benefits NetNews – December 12, 2017

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CCIIO provides guidance for employers wishing to revoke accommodation for contraception coverage

The Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) has provided clarification of notice procedures for employers that, based on sincerely held religious or moral beliefs, object to providing contraceptive preventive services. The CCIIO has detailed procedures that must be followed if such “objecting entities” no longer wish to use an accommodation previously provided in […]

IRS warns taxpayers about W-2 e-mail scams

The IRS has issued its fourth reminder for “National Tax Security Awareness Week” urging taxpayers to avoid identity theft by watching out for W-2 e-mail scams that often surge during filing season. The W-2 scam has emerged as one of the most dangerous and successful phishing attacks as hundreds of employers and tens of thousands […]