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Court Halts Enforcement of New Contraceptive Rules Nationwide

Further Legal Developments May Be Forthcoming The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has granted a nationwide preliminary injunction against two companion Interim Final Rules issued by the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor that expanded religious and moral exemptions related to the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate, under which non-grandfathered group […]

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OSHA Extends Electronic Recordkeeping Submissions Deadline to Dec. 31

Prior Deadline was Dec. 15 The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has extended the date by which certain employers are required to electronically submit data from their 2016 Forms 300A to OSHA from December 15, 2017, to December 31, 2017. Who Must Comply?  By December 31, 2017, the following establishments—if currently required to comply with OSHA’s recordkeeping […]

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NLRB Overrules Standard for Joint Employer Status

Board Reinstates Stricter Measure of Joint Liability The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has reversed its position on joint employer liability, returning to an earlier, narrower standard for assessing joint employer status. In all pending and future cases, two or more entities will be considered joint employers under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) if: One […]

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Reminder: Employers Must File Forms W-2 by Jan. 31

Deadline Also Applies to W-3 and Certain 1099-MISC Information Returns The Internal Revenue Service is reminding employers of the January 31, 2018 deadline for filing 2017 Forms W-2 and W-3 with the Social Security Administration (SSA). The January 31st deadline also applies to certain Forms 1099-MISC reporting non-employee compensation, such as payments to independent contractors. In addition, the […]

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California Clarifies Employers’ Obligations Regarding Rest Periods

Employees May Leave Premises During Rest Periods California has provided updated guidance addressing rest periods. Highlights of the guidance are presented below. Updated Rest Period Guidance Under the updated guidance, an employer generally cannot require that an employee stay on the work premises during his or her rest period. According to the state, the employer cannot impose […]

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New Small Business Health Care Tax Credit Form Released

Form Used by Eligible Employers to Claim Credit for 2017 Tax Year The IRS has released Form 8941, Credit for Small Employer Health Insurance Premiums, and related instructions, for tax year 2017. Eligible small employers use this form to figure the credit for health insurance premiums under the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit. The Small Business […]

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IRS Announces 2018 Standard Mileage Rates

Optional Rates Are Increased From 2017 The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued the 2018 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes. 2018 Standard Mileage Rates Beginning on January 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also […]

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EEOC Releases Guidance on Workplace Harassment Prevention

Agency Offers Recommendations for Employers The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently issued Promising Practices for Preventing Harassment, a guidance document that features harassment prevention recommendations for employers in four broad categories: Leadership and accountability; Harassment policies; Harassment complaint systems; and Harassment training. Under each of the four categories, the guidance lists numerous actions employers can […]

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Applied Resource Insurance Solutions Opens New Valencia Location!

Applied Resource Insurance Solutions celebrated their Ribbon Cutting event for their new location yesterday alongside the SCV Chamber, at their new Avenue Stanford location. “It was wonderful to see so many community members in attendance to help us commemorate all our hard work this past year.” Stated Maggie-Mae Laufman, their Marketing Director. The founder of […]

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IRS Issues New Guidance on Individual Mandate Affordability Exemption

Guidance Covers Individuals & Families Without Access to a Bronze-Level Plan The Internal Revenue Service has issued guidance to individuals and families seeking to claim an affordability exemption from the Affordable Care Act’s individual shared responsibility (“individual mandate”) tax penalty. Under the Affordable Care Act, individuals are currently required to have minimum essential health coverage, […]

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