Spencer’s Benefits NetNews – November 17, 2017

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Fact disputes surrounding employee’s three medical leaves send California leave law claims to jury

Addressing cross motions for summary judgment in a case in which an employee alleged his former employer interfered with his rights under the California Family Rights Act, retaliated against him for taking CFRA leave, and constructively discharged him, a federal court in California found, among other things, fact issues as to whether he was or […]

New York City expands paid sick leave law to crime victims

On November 6, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation that expands current paid leave protections to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and trafficking survivors. Approved by the City Council on October 17, Int. 1313-A expands the Earned Sick Time Act to permit victims of family offense matters, such as disorderly conduct and […]

Lawsuit filed against Trump Administration on exemptions to contraceptive coverage rules

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) and Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) have filed a complaint against the Trump Administration’s interim final rules that allow employers and universities to cite religious or moral objections in order to be exempt from providing contraceptive coverage. The rules were published in the Federal Register […]

2017-2018 IRS Priority Guidance Plan includes many employee benefits projects

Numerous employee benefits projects are included in the IRS’s 2017-2018 Priority Guidance Plan. The Plan describes areas in which the IRS intends to issue final regulations, proposed regulations, and other guidance, including regularly scheduled guidance, such as interest rates and COLAs. The Plan also includes burden reduction projects. The IRS notes that, as in the […]

Nebraska Form W-3N will not be mailed to previous year E-Filers

Nebraska has announced that it will no longer be mailing Form W-3N, Nebraska Reconciliation of Income Tax Withheld, to employers who electronically filed Form W-3N for the previous year. According to the department, the due date for filing the 2017 Form W-3N and state copies of certain federal forms (e.g, Forms W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-MISC, […]

San Francisco issues 2018 employer health care spending rates

The City of San Francisco has announced the 2018 rates for its employer health care spending law, whereby employers must either contribute a specified amount toward their employees’ health care costs on a regular basis or pay into a city health care fund for San Francisco residents. Beginning January 1, 2018, the health care expenditure […]

Plan administrator’s interpretation of ambiguous plan terms in calculating pension benefit of disabled participant upheld as reasonable

A plan administrator’s interpretation of ambiguous plan terms in calculating the final average compensation of a disabled employee, resulting in a reduced pension benefit, was not arbitrary and capricious according to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia (CA-3). The fact that the plan sponsor funded and administered the plan suggested a conflict of interest, […]

DOL issues 2017 annual UC certifications of states under FUTA

The Secretary of Labor has signed the annual 12-month certifications under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act that enable employers that make contributions to state unemployment funds to obtain certain credits against their liability for federal unemployment tax. All 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, have received […]

House tax bill would eliminate favorable tax treatment for several fringe benefits

House Republicans on November 2 unveiled their much-anticipated tax reform legislation, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (HR 1). The 429-page bill represents the House Ways and Means Committee’s first legislative offer to significantly overhaul the U.S. Tax Code. The measure contains several benefits-related items highlighted below. Dependent care assistance. The value of employer-provided dependent […]