Spencer’s Benefits NetNews – September 18, 2020

 

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2021 per diem rates issued for travel expense reimbursements

The IRS has provided the 2020-2021 special per diem rates for taxpayers to use to substantiate ordinary and necessary business expenses incurred while traveling away from home. The guidance provides the special transportation industry meal and incidental expenses (M&IE) rates, the rate for the incidental expenses only deduction, and the rates and list of high-cost localities for purposes of the high-low substantiation method.

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Law firm must answer claim its family leave policy discriminates against men

Although two former Jones Day attorneys brought several claims under state and federal law against their former employer, the “heart of the dispute,” observed a federal court in the District of Columbia, was the legality of the employer’s leave policies for new parents. The attorneys contended that the policy, which provided fewer weeks of leave for a father than for a mother following the birth of a biological child, violated Title VII, the Equal Pay Act, and the DCHRA, and the court, denying in part the firm’s motion to dismiss, found they stated a claim.

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After federal court partly invalidates FFCRA rules, DOL makes regulatory changes

In the aftermath of a New York federal district court’s August 3, 2020, ruling invalidating certain aspects of the temporary rule on Families First Coronavirus Response Act requirements, the Labor Department has issued “revisions and clarifications to the temporary rule,” which will be effective immediately upon publication in the Federal Register, slated for September 16.

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U.S. employers explore overhauls to employee benefits to preserve jobs, budgets in 2021

COVID-19 and the economic downturn have forced U.S. employers to examine cuts that were considered unthinkable at the beginning of the year, according to Gallagher’s 2020 Benefits Strategy & Benchmarking Survey. The study gathered data from 3,921 employers from December 2019 to May 2020, as well as a series of employer pulse surveys conducted between April and July 2020. Together, the data from these reports captures an in-depth overview of the effect the pandemic is having on hiring as well as employee benefits and compensation.

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San Francisco issues 2021 employer health care spending rates

The City of San Francisco has announced the 2021 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, 2021, the health care expenditure rate for employers with 100 or more employees will be $3.18 per hour, and the rate for medium-sized businesses with 20-99 employees will be $2.12 per hour.

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