Spencer’s Benefits Reports NetNews – March 24, 2017

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Hawaii DOT revokes requirement to file Form 941 with Form HW-14

The Hawaii Department of Taxation (DOT) has revoked Announcement No. 2005-01 for personal income tax withholding purposes. Announcement No. 2005-01, which was issued on February 15, 2005, gave instructions for filing federal Schedule B (Form 941), Report of Tax Liability for Semiweekly Schedule Depositors. Previously, semiweekly depositors (for pay periods after 2004,that means those employers […]

Virginia enacts 2017-2018 amnesty program

A Virginia Tax Amnesty Program is enacted and will be administered by the Department of Taxation during the 2017-2018 fiscal year for not less than 60 days or for more than 75 days, as determined by the Tax Commissioner. The amnesty program will be open to any taxpayer that is required to file a return […]

Study connects the dots between essential health care and paid sick leave

Researchers from Cleveland State University and Florida Atlantic University have found that regardless of sociodemographic factors, workers who lack paid sick leave were significantly less likely to have received preventive health care screenings in the last 12 months—even among those who have been told they have a condition such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease that […]

Pretext evidence supports revival of ADA, FMLA claims of employee RIF’d between surgeries

Reviving the ADA and FMLA claims of an employee who used crutches as a result of damage to his leg from childhood bone cancer, and who was discharged in between two surgeries, the Fifth Circuit found triable questions on whether the stated reason for his termination—a reduction in force—was pretextual. Reversing summary judgment, the appeals […]

Independent contractor need not have worked for others

Reversing a trial court, the Connecticut Supreme Court held that in deciding whether an employment relationship exists for unemployment compensation purposes, “evidence of the performance of services for third parties is not required to prove part C of the ABC test but, rather, is a single factor that may be considered under the totality of […]

Health benefits seen as tool to improve employee morale, survey finds

As the health care industry undergoes significant changes, more than two-thirds of employers are relying on health benefits packages to improve employee morale and satisfaction within the workplace, according to findings from the Healthcare Trends Institute’s fourth annual Benefits Benchmark Survey, which provides employers insights into how their peers are adopting new health care benefits […]

Congress to repeal payroll deduction savings plans rules

The House has introduced resolutions and to nullify final Department of Labor regulations (29 C.F.R. §2510.3-2(a)) that permitted states and cities to create payroll-deduction individual retirement account (IRA) programs for private-sector workers who do not have access to workplace savings arrangements. The regulations created safe harbor rules in which such programs will not have been […]

Vetoed Obamacare repeal bill reintroduced in the Senate

Sen. Rand Paul has reintroduced a bill to repeal Obamacare, S.B. 554, the Obamacare Repeal Act. The bill vetoed by then President Obama was H.R. 3762, Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015. The re-introduced bill is almost an exact duplicate with minor changes, mostly effective dates. Congressman Jim Jordan is expected to introduce […]

SD law nixes joint-employer liability between franchisees, franchisors

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard on March 6 signed a measure that protects against joint-employment liability. The simple bill purports to establish that regardless of other laws and what the U.S. Department of Labor has to say about it, a franchisee’s employee cannot also be the franchisor’s employee—at least not within the State of South […]