Massachusetts lacked standing to sue HHS over religious exemption

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts lacked standing to sue HHS over two interim final rules (IFRs) which expanded the religious exemption to the contraceptive mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), a federal district court in Massachusetts has ruled. Because the Commonwealth failed to set forth specific facts establishing that it would likely […]

Idaho updates Code conformity

The Governor of Idaho has signed significant tax reform legislation. The legislation updates the state’s Code conformity date to: December 21, 2017, for tax year 2017; December 31, 2017, applicable to Code Sec. 965 (repatriation tax provisions) and Code Sec. 213 (personal income tax deduction for medical expenses) for tax year 2017; and January 1, […]

Pension & Benefits NetNews – March 20, 2018

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Poor performance, not pregnancy or maternity leave, led to termination

An employee who claimed her stronger-performing accounts were replaced with underachievers upon her return from maternity leave, which led to claims of performance deficiency and ultimately her termination, will not move forward with Title VII and FMLA claims, nor their state counterparts, a federal district court in California ruled, granting summary judgment. Her discrimination claims […]

New Mexico modifies annual withholding statement requirements

New Mexico enacted legislation that revises the annual personal income tax withholding statement requirements to: Remove exemptions for certain employers and payors; Require electronic filing for certain employers and payors; Change the due date; and Establish a late filing penalty. Exemptions. The legislation repeals the annual withholding statement exemption for employers required to file (1) […]

Organizational leadership support makes a big difference for wellness plan success

While every organization is unique, certain initiatives are more popular in successful wellness programs when compared to initiatives offered by programs finding less success, according to recent research from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP). The study, A Closer Look: 2018 Workplace Wellness Trends, found that organizations that have involvement and support from […]

Missouri reissues 2018 withholding tables

As a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (P.L.115-97) signed into law on December 22, 2017 the Missouri Department of Revenue has adjusted the withholding tables based on information provided by the IRS. The Missouri Employer’s Guide, (Form 4282), withholding tax tables, withholding tax calculator and MO W-4 have been updated: In […]

Short-term plans could be a short-sighted solution

The combined effects of eliminating the individual mandate and expanding the use of short-term, limited-duration insurance policies would increase premiums and the number of individuals without minimum essential coverage, according to a new study from the Urban Institute. Referring to the study, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash) said, “this is some of the clearest evidence we […]

Alabama enacts tax amnesty program

The Alabama Tax Delinquency Amnesty Act of 2018 has been enacted. The amnesty program will be held for the period beginning July 1, 2018, and ending on September 30, 2018. The program applies to all taxes administered by the Department of Revenue except for motor fuel, motor vehicle, and property taxes. The taxes eligible for […]

Best-performing companies achieve significant health care cost savings

A group of best-performing companies has achieved a $2,251 per employee per year (PEPY) health care cost advantage over the national average in 2017 ($9,950 compared with $12,201), according to global advisory, broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson’s 22nd annual Best Practices in Health Care Employer Survey. Willis Towers Watson defines best performers based […]