Being terminated for taking job-protected leave was the No. 1 reason employees filed FMLA-related complaints with the U.S. Department of Labor last year. Termination 42% Discrimination 24% Refusal to grant leave 20% Refusal to restore to position 12% Failure to maintain benefits 2% Source: DOL Wage & Hour statistics, FY2014
As the U.S. Supreme Court adjourns for its summer recess, the landmark cases about same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act premium tax credits have garnered most of the publicity. However, you should also know about these three lesser-known Supreme Court decisions that may significantly affect your business. Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises (S. Ct. No.
In his 2015 State of the Union Address last January, President Obama said employees should get the overtime they’ve earned. He then directed the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to review and amend the overtime rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to make more workers eligible. On June 30, the DOL took steps
FMLA Lawsuits can be a nightmare. We have seen a growing number of stories about expensive FMLA lawsuits that end up costing employers hundreds of thousands of dollars. How can you as an employer avoid them? Consider these recent lawsuits that could have been avoided. The Staples Lawsuit Staples Inc. recently struggled with an FMLA
A reporting entity that fails to comply with the Code § 6055 or 6056 reporting requirements may be subject to the general reporting penalties for failure to file correct information returns and failure to furnish correct payee statements. Two different sections of the Internal Revenue Code discuss the penalties for not complying with Code Sections
The IRS has provided both new and updated Q&A guidance on the reporting requirements for applicable large employers under the federal tax code. As background, beginning in 2016, applicable large employers must file Forms 1094 and 1095 to provide information to the IRS and plan participants about health coverage provided in the prior year. The
Plans with more than 100 participants on the first day of the plan year must file Form 5500 with the Department of Labor (DOL) each year whether funded or unfunded. Funded plans must file regardless of the participant count. An unfunded plan is one in which benefits are paid solely from the general assets of
In a case decided on June 1, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that even without direct knowledge of an applicant’s religious beliefs, an employer could be liable for discrimination for not accommodating those beliefs. Facts of the Case The case began when a 17-year-old applied for a job at an Abercrombie & Fitch store in
2015 Draft IRS Form 1095-A: Health Insurance Marketplace Statement (PDF) Internal Revenue Service [IRS] 6/17/2015 [Official Guidance] Draft version, dated June 16, 2015. 2015 Draft IRS Form 1095-B: Health Coverage (PDF) Internal Revenue Service [IRS] 6/17/2015 [Official Guidance] Draft version, dated June 16, 2015. 2015 Draft IRS Form 1095-C: Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage (PDF) Internal
Just in time for spring cleaning, the Social Security Administration and the IRS have issued a joint publication — the Spring 2015 issue of SSA/IRS Reporter — which offers valuable pointers for employers who want to clean up their old payroll files. In most (but not all) cases, that means following a four-year retention rule.