Spencer’s Benefits NetNews – April 28, 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 […]

New Jersey addresses taxability of signing bonus

The New Jersey Division of Taxation has released its Spring 2017, New Jersey State Tax News publication including information on the gross income (personal) tax treatment of a nonresident athlete’s signing bonus. In response to an enquiry from a nonresident athlete, the Division of Taxation stated that a signing bonus received from a New Jersey […]

Ex-husband who declined COBRA coverage thinking he was still married is denied reinstatement

A temporary restraining order seeking the reinstatement of health coverage was denied to the ex-husband of the participant in the health plan. The ex-husband was only entitled to COBRA coverage, which he declined, a U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, explained. According to Raymond L. Eichenberger, his ex-wife’s employer, Cardinal […]

Michigan to allow bulk filing of forms

The Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury) is adding a new e-file method for bulk filing Sales, Use and Withholding (SUW) returns with or without payments. Returns created by tax preparation software in xml format will be uploaded directly to Treasury using Michigan Treasury Online (MTO). The existing bulk e-file Web service method will continue to […]

Employers and employees see value in health coaching

Employees want more personalization from their employers’ wellness programs-75 percent of employees say that a personal touch is important in guiding their health, according to recent research from HealthFitness. The research also shows that providing opportunities for employees to connect with live experts can contribute significantly to attracting and keeping participants active in a company’s […]

Arkansas addresses withholding of tax on pay for domestic services

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration has issued a legal opinion stating that Arkansas income tax withholding is not required on remuneration paid for domestic services performed by a “sitter” unless the remuneration is $2,500 or more in a year. Generally, the withholding of state income is not required on remuneration paid for domestic […]

More well-being programs include employee financial security features

As more employers recognize the impact of financial wellness on employee health, a growing percentage of companies are expanding their well-being programs to include employee financial security, according to the 8th annual survey on corporate Health and Well-being from Fidelity Investments and the National Business Group on Health. The survey, which includes responses from 141 […]

Pension & Benefits NetNews – April 25, 2017

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Piece-work pay plan that reduced weekly bonus violated FLSA

Reversing summary judgment against claims by two cable and internet installation technicians, the Ninth Circuit held that the employer’s piece-work-based pay plan, which included a bonus designed to decrease in proportion to an increase in the number of overtime (OT) hours worked, violated the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) overtime provisions. The appeals court also […]

Employer mandate provisions implemented but need improvement, TIGTA finds

A newly released Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report found that, although the IRS has implemented processes and procedures in an effort to ensure that employers subject to the Employer Shared Responsibility Provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) could comply with information reporting requirements. However, some of the processes […]