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Tax Cuts & Jobs Act Impacts Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
February 16, 2018
By now, you have probably heard about the recent changes to tax rates for individuals and businesses, the personal exemption, and the cap on deductions for state, local and property taxes.
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Update Your Employee Handbook for the New Year
February 12, 2018
In the rush to start the new year right, there are many things that businesses large and small need to take care of. It’s a time to review strategies, evaluate performance, and make new projections. One task that is also critical is to update the employee handbook to account for changes in law and benefits, among other changes.
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CMS On your radar - Key employment issues worldwide
February 1, 2018
The international CMS employment group has the pleasure of sharing the fourth edition of On Your Radar publication giving you access to the key employment law developments at your fingertips. Our easy to read guide provides our expert analysis and action points to deal with these developments in Europe and beyond.
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Massachusetts: Are You Prepared for the “Hot Topics” in 2018?
January 26, 2018
Earlier this week, Erica Flores and I teamed up with the Chicopee Chamber of Commerce for a seminar with an HR focus. During the presentation, we discussed new employment laws and issues that we expect to impact Massachusetts employers this year, as well as proposed legislation that should be on your radar.
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Legislative Outlook for 2018
January 26, 2018
The pro-business shift, begun in 2017 under the Trump administration, will continue in 2018. Thus, the DOL will undoubtedly set new standards for the payment of overtime and the application of any exemptions, while the Senate looks to force through a new joint employer standard.
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DOL Modifies Test for Unpaid Interns
January 19, 2018
Over the past 20 years the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”), state labor departments, and the courts have substantially narrowed the definition of an “intern” for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and its state law counterparts.  The rules changed again this week.
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Implications of a Government Shutdown for Employers and Educators
January 19, 2018
As the looming threat of a government shutdown becomes more real, we briefly review prior shutdowns and provide guidance on what employers and educators might anticipate.
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EEOC, NLRB and DOL Shutdown Contingency Plans – The 2018 Edition
January 19, 2018
Here we are again on the brink of another possible federal government shutdown, and employers may be wondering how it may impact them.
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Affordable Care Act (ACA) 1094-C/1095-C Reporting and Employer Mandate Update
January 12, 2018
Similar to notices issued in prior years, the IRS has once again issued a notice granting an extension for providing employees a copy of Form 1095-C.
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IRS Will Again Impose No Penalties on Timely Affordable Care Act Filings, Even if Incomplete or Incorrect; Deadline for ACA Employee Notices is Extended
January 10, 2018
The IRS has announced that it will continue its past policy of imposing no penalties on Employers who make good faith, timely efforts to meet their filing requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  An extension on the due date for employee notices will also be continued.
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U.S. Department of Labor Changes Course on Interns
January 9, 2018
In 2011, we alerted employers to the issue of unpaid interns bringing claims and lawsuits for unpaid wages, alleging that they qualified as employees entitled to the minimum wage and overtime protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and corresponding state law.
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What Do Texas Employers Need To Know About The Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA)?
December 26, 2017
When it comes to changing laws in Texas, employers need to be very diligent. One of the laws that could be an issue, and that could have a surprising impact on employers, is the TCPA (Texas Citizens Participation Act). This law is something that many employers aren't prepared for, and one that they potentially won't understand the effects of without some research.
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Feb 21

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Feb 20

Tax Cuts & Jobs Act Impacts Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation: https://t.co/LbCpbCozcn

Feb 16

NLRB Extends Time For Public Comments On Ambush Election Rules: https://t.co/fpv6Ub8r8i