Terminating diabetic employee for abandoning call center post was not discriminatory

A hospital employee suffering from diabetes and migraines, but with a history of performance and disciplinary issues, did not present genuine issues of material fact to support her contention that her termination for abandoning her call center post was pretextual, a federal court in Pennsylvania held. The court granted summary judgment to Temple University Health […]

IRS issues April, May 2018 weighted average, yield curve, and segment rates

The IRS has issued the 30-year Treasury interest rates, yield curve and segment rates, and minimum value segment rates for April and May 2018. Treasury securities rates. The 30-year Treasury securities rate for April 2018 is 3.07%. The 30-year Treasury weighted average interest rate, for plan years beginning in May 2018 is 2.85%, with a […]

Alabama amnesty begins July 1

The 2018 Alabama tax amnesty application period opens on July 1, 2018 (see Payroll Management Guide Report Letter 1514/2547, dated March 13, 2018). It runs through September 30, 2018. The Department of Revenue has launched a website dedicated to the program. The amnesty applies to taxes either: (1) due before January 1, 2017; or (2) […]

Spencer’s Benefits NetNews – May 25, 2018

  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 […]

Number of uninsured rising thanks to inaction under ACA

The number of individuals lacking health care coverage has risen, due in large part to the federal government’s action and inaction regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a recent report from the Commonwealth Fund. The tracking survey finds that the recent decline in coverage is due in large part to […]

ERISA does not preempt Illinois slayer statute

A spouse who killed her husband but was found not guilty of the crime by reason of insanity was precluded, under the Illinois Slayer Statute, from receiving his pension benefits, according to U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago (CA-7). The subject of the law was a traditional area of state regulation and the statute incorporated […]

Value of tuition waiver benefit was income

An individual was required to include in gross income the value of a tuition waiver benefit received during the tax year at issue. The taxpayer received the tuition waiver benefit for his son from a qualified educational institution. However, the taxpayer did not present any evidence other than a Form W-2 issued by the educational […]

No private right of action to enforce HIPAA, district court rules

A patient, whose medical information was sent to an open facsimile machine of a retail store by the hospital which treated him, did not have a private right of action to enforce the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a federal district court in California has ruled. Because the statute does not provide a […]

DOL temporary enforcement policy may allow advisers to maintain practices following vacatur of fiduciary rule

While the final disposition of the fiduciary conflict of rules remains in flux, the Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a temporary enforcement policy, indicating that, pending the issuance of additional guidance, it will not pursue prohibited transactions claims against investment advice fiduciaries who are “working diligently and in good faith” to comply with the […]

Employer appropriately withheld taxes from employee’s wages

An employer appropriately withheld taxes from an employee’s wages and paid the wages to the IRS because the IRS directed the employer to do so. The pro se employee’s claim to have his employer honor the Form W-4 the employee submitted for exemption from taxes was rejected. The employer was specifically directed to disregard the […]