Midsized employers are worrying about compliance, health care costs, reform, and less about employee engagement

A new ADP Research Institute® (ADPRI) study reveals that midsized business owners are most concerned about rising health care costs, health care reform legislation and the volume of government regulations. However, these same businesses are now less concerned with employee engagement, compared with the prior year’s study. ADPRI said the combination of these factors may […]

House passes mobile workforce tax simplification

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2017, H.R. 1393, which would limit the authority of states to tax wages and other remuneration from employment in other states. If enacted, no part of the wages or other remuneration earned by an employee who performs employment duties in […]

Eating disorder is mental health condition subject to parity rules, FAQ says

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA) applies to benefits a plan or issuer may offer for treatment of an eating disorder, according to a frequently asked question (FAQ) that the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury (Departments) have issued. The FAQ also requests comments […]

Senate releases draft health care reform bill

The Senate has released a draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, H.R. 1628 with some payroll-related items. It will only require 51 votes to pass. The payroll-related provisions include: Repeal of tax on employee health insurance premiums and health plans The excise tax on high cost employer-sponsored health coverage will not apply […]

Spencer’s Benefits NetNews – June 23, 2017

About this Newsletter The Spencer’s Benefits Reports is a summary of the week’s news items posted in the WHAT’S NEW pages of Spencer’s Benefits Reports Online. For questions regarding this email service, contact Customer Service at (800)449-9525. NetNews Subscription Want to receive these Newsletters via E-mail? Sign Up / Unsubscribe hr.cch.com Resources Online Store Customer […]

Walmart employee did not timely submit medical certification, so FMLA claims fail

A Walmart meat department employee who was injured in a fall and denied a transfer to lighter duty failed to submit a properly requested medical certification that would support her request for FMLA leave, so could not avail herself of FMLA protections, ruled a federal district court in Texas, granting summary judgment in part. The […]

Kansas legislature overrides veto, enacts income tax rate increase

The Kansas Legislature has overridden Gov. Sam Brownback’s veto of a bill that makes a number of changes to personal income taxes, including repealing the exemption for non-wage business income and increasing personal income tax rates. Personal income tax rates. Under the legislation, personal income tax rates would be increased beginning in tax year 2017 […]

Often-absent employee raised triable issue on whether termination constituted FMLA retaliation

A shift supervisor, whose employment record was replete with absences due to ailments and injuries to himself and his wife and daughter, advanced his claim that his termination was in retaliation for taking FMLA leave for a wrist injury, ruled a federal district court in Kentucky. While the employer had evidence that he was terminated […]

Interest rates remain the same for the third quarter of 2017

The IRS has announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning July 1, 2017. 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 […]

NY Governor moves to guarantee ACA protections

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has taken action to ensure that essential health services are protected and covered for all New Yorkers despite what he sees as federal-level efforts to strip millions of Americans of healthcare provided under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. On June 5, he directed the New York State […]