Platform of Trust – An Unfair Advantage

Don’t get me wrong – I’m a big believer in the value of the platform of record. Salesforce has done it like no other. If you integrate with Salesforce, you have an unfair advantage when selling your products, especially in the early days. However, at some point the Salesforce integration becomes a baseline and it creates no advantage for …

Ask the Experts: Inappropriate Dress in an Interview

Question: We had a job candidate who we think would be a good fit for one of our open positions, but she was dressed inappropriately for our office during her interview. Can we say anything to her about her attire during the offer process?   Answer: You can, as long as you frame it as a discussion about your …

New York Employment Law Update-September 2017

Tax Guidance on Tax Contributions under Paid Family Leave Program The New York Department of Taxation and Finance recently released guidance regarding the tax treatment of family leave contributions under the state’s new Paid Family Leave Program. Pursuant to the guidance: Benefits paid to employees will be taxable non-wage income that must be included in federal gross income. Taxes …

Illinois Employment Law Update-September 2017

Disclosure of Genetic Information On August 25, 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed legislation (S.B. 318) amending the state’s Genetic Information Privacy Act. The bill prohibits an employer from penalizing an employee who does not disclose his or her genetic information or does not choose to participate in a program requiring disclosure of the employee’s genetic information. The law …

Federal Employment Law Update-September 2017

Revised EEO-1 “Component 2” Stayed Effective Immediately On August 29, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) notified the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) that it is initiating a review and immediate stay of the new EEO-1 pay reporting requirements (Component 2) that were scheduled to take effect with the next filing cycle in March 2018. The previously …

IRS Releases Drafts of 2017 Forms 1094 and 1095

The IRS has released drafts of the forms and instructions that employers will use for 2017 reporting under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is expected that when the IRS releases final versions, the material will be virtually identical to the drafts. Applicable large employers (ALEs) will use the following: Draft 2017 Form 1094-C (transmittal to IRS). Draft 2017 …

Breaking News: Costly Overtime Rule Struck Down

On August 31, 2017, Federal District Court Judge Amos Mazzant overturned the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Final Overtime Rule that would have doubled the annual salary level to qualify for exemption from overtime from $23,660 to $47,476. The same judge issued an injunction stopping implementation of the final rule nine months ago, and the Trump administration did not …

EEO-1: No Wage and Hours Worked Requirement

The EEOC says “stay” On August 29, 2017 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Acting Chair Victoria Lipnic announced that the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) set an immediate stay of the previously announced EEO-1 pay reporting requirement that would have added new pay data reporting for certain employers with 100 …

DOL Guidance for Benefit Plans Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

The U.S. Department of Labor has issued compliance guidance for benefit plans, employers and employees, and service providers who are impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The guidance generally provides relief from various ERISA requirements and time limits for entities in the disaster area. This follows the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announcement extending certain filing dates, including Form 5500. Key excerpts …