Spencer’s Benefits NetNews – June 23, 2017

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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 […]

Pension & Benefits NetNews – June 21, 2017

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Court strikes PTIN fees; IRS suspends registration, renewal

A federal district court has found that the IRS may require the use of preparer tax identification numbers (PTINs). However, the court enjoined the IRS from charging a user fee to issue or renew PTINs. The IRS announced that, as a result of the court’s decision, PTIN registration and renewal is suspended. The D.C. Circuit, […]

Information request on OT rule is in the works

On June 7, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta told a House Appropriations subcommittee that the Labor Department (DOL) expects to submit a request for information comment on the controversial updated overtime rule. As Acosta explained in simplified terms earlier in the hearing on the proposed DOL budget, an information request is required under the Administrative Procedure […]

More than 50 groups urge Senate to preserve employer-sponsored health benefits

More than 50 business organizations sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) urging them to protect the employer-sponsored health insurance system by repealing Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)-created taxes and preserving improvements to consumer-driven health options proposed in the House-passed American Health Care Act […]