Joint employer, overtime rules top fall agency list

On October 17, the Agency Rule List for Fall 2018 was released, with notable developments at the Department of Labor, the EEOC, and the National Labor Relations Board. Although the NLRB’s proposed joint employer rulemaking was announced previously, the DOL’s proposed rules to define “joint employer” under the FLSA will be new. And the long-awaited […]

Proposed regulations issued on HRAs

The U.S. Treasury (IRS), together with the Department of Labor (EBSA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (CMS) have proposed rules to expand opportunities to access affordable, quality healthcare through changes to regulations under various provisions of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and the […]

Pension & Benefits NetNews — October 30, 2018

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Reminder: Employers must give time off to vote in some states

The coming midterm elections on November 6 again focuses attention on state laws allowing employees to take time off to vote, with or without pay. Laws governing time off to vote can be found in approximately 30 states. In many states that allow time off to vote, employers are prohibited from making deductions from an […]

Daylight Saving time to end Sunday, November 4

This year, Sunday, November 4 marks the return to standard time, when clocks will be moved back one hour at 2:00 a.m. Shift workers on duty at that time who normally work an eight-hour shift will actually work an extra hour, for a total of nine hours of work on that day. Employees must be […]

IRS grants more relief to Hurricane Michael and Florence victims

More Hurricane Michael and Florence victims get tax relief from the IRS. The IRS is offering this relief to any area designated by FEMA as qualifying for individual assistance. Currently, the Michael and Florence disaster areas includes parts of: Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. The current list of eligible localities available on […]

Florida’s minimum wage increases to $8.46 on Jan. 1

The minimum wage in Florida will increase to $8.46 per hour, effective January 1, 2019, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity in an October 15 Notice. Florida law requires the Department to calculate a minimum wage rate each year, based on the percentage increase in the federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage […]

CMS announces 2019 Medicare Parts A & B amounts

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the 2019 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for Medicare Parts A and B. Medicare Part B Premiums/Deductibles The standard monthly premium for Medicare Part B enrollees will be $135.50 for 2019, a slight increase from $134 in 2018. An estimated 2 million Medicare beneficiaries (about 3.5 […]

IRS issues proposed rules on De Minimis error safe harbors

The Treasury Department and the IRS have proposed regulations on the penalties for failure to file correct information returns under Code Sec. 6721 and failure to furnish correct payee statements under Code Sec. 6722. The proposed regulations: contain safe harbor rules that generally treat as correct payee statements or corresponding information returns that contain errors […]

IRS pulls back 2019 Form W-4 changes

The IRS will not be making major changes to the 2019 version of Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, after all, according to the newly released draft version. The 2019 version of Form W-4 will be similar to the 2018 version. Earlier this year, the IRS released a draft version of the 2019 Form W-4—along […]