Texas district court puts an end to the overtime rule

Texas district court puts an end to the overtime rule The Texas district court that put the first nail in the coffin of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) controversial final rule, which would double the salary threshold for the executive, administrative, and professional (EAP) exemption (the so-called “white collar” exemption) at which FLSA overtime […]

Survey suggests HR missing the mark when it comes to open enrollment

As many HR departments prepare for open enrollment, Namely, an HR platform for mid-sized companies, has released the results of its open enrollment survey and identified what is most important to employees in a top-notch benefits experience. Key among the survey findings is that 36 percent of employees give their HR department a “C” or […]

Pension & Benefits NetNews – September 12, 2017

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IRS issues record retention guidance due to Harvey

The IRS has reminded individuals and businesses to safeguard their tax records against natural disasters by taking a few simple steps. Taxpayers should always keep a duplicate set of records including bank statements, tax returns, identifications and insurance policies in a safe place such as a waterproof container, and away from the original set. Keeping […]

DOL, IRS provide relief for benefit plans affected by Hurricane Harvey

The Labor Department has issued ERISA compliance guidance that applies generally to employee benefit plans, plan sponsors, employers and employees, and service providers to employers located in a county identified for individual assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey. IRS relief. The relief given is in addition […]

IRS encourages leave-based donations due to Harvey

The IRS has provided special relief designed to support leave-based donation programs to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey. Under these programs, employees forgo their vacation, sick, or personal leave in exchange for cash payments the employer makes to charitable organizations providing relief for the victims of this disaster. Under this special relief, donated leave will […]

Spencer’s Benefits NetNews – September 8, 2017

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Question remained whether employee was prejudiced by leave denial

A hospital medical staff coordinator was allowed to continue with her claim that her employer violated the FMLA by denying one request for leave and terminating her after she returned from another instance of leave. At issue: whether she was prejudiced by the leave denial, given that she was provided a flexible schedule instead, which […]

Oregon increases payroll tax to fund transportation projects

An Oregon law intended to fund transportation projects increases payroll tax beginning July 1, 2018. The law imposes a payroll tax, referred to as a transportation project tax, at the rate of 0.1% on the wages of employees who are residents of Oregon or nonresidents performing services in Oregon, in order to fund public transit. […]

Guidance reminds health insurers they cannot deny coverage based on gender identity

The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has sent a circular letter to health insurers in New York stressing that they cannot discriminate or deny coverage based on gender identity. New York Governor Cuomo said the action is aimed at making sure that transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals receive coverage regardless of whether they present […]