Longs Drugs, EEOC settle suit for race and gender bias, retaliation against female African-American buyer

Major pharmacy chain Longs Drugs has agreed to pay $55,000 and implement preventive training to settle a Title VII race and sex discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency advised on May 31, 2011. The commission sued on behalf of an African-American female buyer who had been employed at […]

Kentucky storm victims may qualify for relief

Victims of severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line wind and flooding beginning April 22, 2011, in parts of Kentucky may qualify for tax relief from the IRS. The President has declared the counties of Boyd, Crittenden, Graves, Hardin, Hickman, Jefferson, Livingston, McCracken, Marshall, Union and Webster to be federal disaster areas. The IRS has postponed certain deadlines […]

AON research finds employers stress healthier habits and behavior change in an effort to lower health care costs, with some imposing a penalty for lack of effort, results

Employers are beginning to rely more on employees to stem the tide of rising health care costs, but the inability to motivate and change habits has prompted concern, according to Aon Hewitt. More than 1,000 employers nationwide were surveyed in the 2011 Health Care Survey, which revealed that the top health care outcomes organizations would […]

Plan was not an accountable plan due to unspent expenses

A reimbursement or other expense allowance arrangement where the employer paid an amount to its employee regardless of whether an expense was paid or incurred or reasonably expected to be paid or incurred by the employee was considered a nonaccountable plan. The plan violated the business connection’s reimbursement requirement under Reg. §1.62-2(d)(3)(i). Amounts paid under […]

EEOC wants to extend Title VII and ADA recordkeeping requirements to include entities covered by GINA

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) intends to extend its existing recordkeeping requirements under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act to entities that are covered by Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA), according to a notice of proposed rulemaking scheduled […]

Study shows US organizations reinvesting in human resources spending, staffing

Bersin & Associates announced on June 1, that US organizations are starting to reinvest in human resources services and staffing following the economic downturn of the past three years, according to findings included in Bersin & Associates’ The HR Factbook 2011: Executive Summary. Organizations on average spent 1.4 percent more on HR programs, services and systems […]

Dunkin’ Donuts franchise to pay $290,000 to settle EEOC suit alleging manager sexually harassed female workers, including teenagers

College View Donuts, LLC, doing business as Dunkin’ Donuts, will pay $290,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to a May 31, 2011 agency statement. The commission’s suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, alleged that the manager of […]

IRS releases Form 941-X

The IRS has released Form 941-X, Adjusted Employer’s QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return or Claim for Refund. Social security tax rate The employee social security tax rate is 4.2% and the employer social security tax rate is 6.2% (10.4% total). Unreported tips A new line has been added to Form 941 for reporting social security and […]

Talent shortages drive nearly half of hiring managers and recruiters to seek professionals outside their local markets

America’s hiring managers and recruiters are forecasting healthy job growth for the remainder of this year, according to a new survey by Dice Holdings, Inc. Slightly more than half (51 percent ) of employers and recruiters anticipate hiring more professionals in the second half of 2011 than in the previous six months. These survey results […]

IRS releases 2012 deduction limits for HSAs

The Treasury and IRS have released the inflation-adjusted amounts for health savings accounts under Code Sec. 223(g). Therefore, for calendar year 2012, the annual limitation on deductions under Code Sec. 223(b)(2) for an individual with self-only coverage under a high-deductible plan remains $3,100 ($6,250 for an individual with family coverage). A “high-deductible health plan” is […]