Pension & Benefits Netnews – March 28, 2017

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Maryland updates filing due date regulations

The Comptroller has updated its regulations, in conforming to statutory changes, reflecting that the return filing due date for corporations and S corporations is April 15 beginning with tax year 2016. In addition, an employer or payor must file the annual withholding year-end reconciliation report with the Comptroller by January 31 rather than February 28. […]

CCIIO gives small group non-grandfathered policies more time to ease into ACA compliance

The Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) has issued guidance stating that it is extending its transitional policy allowing certain health policies to continue coverage that would otherwise be cancelled for noncompliance with various provisions of the Public Health Service Act and Sec. 1312(c) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). […]

Following CBO report, Senator Murray challenges Price to explain how “No One Will Be Worse Off”

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, has called on Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Tom Price to explain his claim made on Meet the Press that “no one will be worse off financially” under the Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act […]

Spencer’s Benefits Reports NetNews – March 24, 2017

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 Resources Online Store Customer […]

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 […]