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U.S. Sup. Ct. upholds Arizona immigration law

The Legal Arizona Workers Act, which provides for the revocation or suspension of the business license of employers in the state that knowingly or intentionally employ unauthorized aliens, was not expressly or impliedly preempted by federal immigration law, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. (Chamber of Commerce v Whiting, May 26, 2011, Roberts, J). Additionally, […]

High Court’s ruling on mandatory E-Verify use may spawn more problems as states follow Arizona’s lead

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling that the Legal Arizona Workers Act (LAWA) is not preempted by federal law may give rise to significant challenges should states follow suit by requiring employers to use the federal E-Verify system to confirm workers’ employment eligibility. Increased identity theft, and in some industries, increased costs to consumers, are two […]

EEOC letter is a lesson on inquiries into illegal drug and alcohol use, criminal histories and financial records

In an informal discussion letter, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently gave the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) a lesson on lawful inquiries into applicant and employee illegal drug and alcohol use, criminal histories and financial records – the lesson also provides valuable guidance for private employers. The recently released letter addresses questions […]

EEOC meeting will address use of leave as a reasonable accommodation

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is holding a public meeting to examine the use of leave as a reasonable accommodation. The meeting will be open for public observation of the commission’s deliberations. On June 8, beginning at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern Time), the commission will hear from invited panelists on the appropriate use of […]

Conn. issues withholding information; corrects error in Table D

Connecticut has released more information on the new withholding tables (see CCH Payroll Management Guide Report Letter 2200, dated May 24, 2011). The information is reproduced in this Report Letter on pages 11—15. In addition, Connecticut has corrected the Withholding Calculation Rules Tables. The error is for one of the thresholds in Table D, Withholding […]

Companies must watch costly accrued vacation issues

The tough job market has chilled job mobility and many employees now remain with their employers for longer periods of time. In addition, the past few years of operating with a reduced workforce has made it challenging for companies to accommodate everyone’s vacation requests. As a result, accrued vacation balances are becoming a larger problem […]

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 […]