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|New York Council Amends Earned Sick Time Act Yet Again; Employers Must Comply by April 1, 2014|
Michael S. Arnold; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
March 7, 2014, previously published on March 3, 2014Following up on our earlier coverage, last week the New York City Council passed the very first bill it introduced during the de Blasio administration (Int. 0001-2014), a law amending the Earned Sick Time Act that it passed (and already amended) just last year.
|Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services Issue Final and Proposed Regulations Implementing the 90-day Limit on Waiting Periods under the Affordable Care Act|
Alden J. Bianchi; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
March 7, 2014, previously published on March 4, 2014The Affordable Care Act (the “Act”) generally prevents an otherwise eligible employee (or dependent) from having to wait more than 90 days before coverage becomes effective under a group health plan. The regulation of waiting periods is part of the Act’s insurance market reforms,...
|Despite the Best of Intentions, Paving the Way for the Next Financial Meltdown Part II: Getting Ready|
Frederick J. Pomerantz; Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP;
March 6, 2014, previously published on February 25, 2014As discussed in Part I of our Client Alert, “Despite the Best of Intentions, Paving the Way for the Next Financial Meltdown,” dated August 22, 2013, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) is studying the application of the key attributes of effective resolution regimes for financial...
|Health Care Reform Update: Government Releases 90-Day Waiting Restriction Final Rules and a Proposal|
Jackson Lewis P.C.;
March 5, 2014, previously published on March 3, 2014The Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Health and Human Services have issued final rules implementing the Affordable Care Act’s prohibition on requiring eligible workers to wait more than 90 calendar days (including weekends and holidays) for their...
|Tax Reform Proposal Has Significant Impact on Employee Benefit Plans|
Peter C. Langdon, Juliana Reno, John E. Schembari, Diane Stewart-Ferro, Michelle M. Ueding; Kutak Rock LLP;
March 5, 2014, previously published on February 28, 2014On Wednesday the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Representative Dave Camp (R-MI) released a draft tax reform plan called — the Tax Reform Act of 2014.
|Supreme Court of Canada: Pension Benefits Not Deductible From Wrongful Dismissal Awards|
Karin Pagé; Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.;
March 3, 2014, previously published on February 25, 2014Canada’s highest court released an important decision last December (IBM Canada Limited v. Waterman, 2013 SCC 70) on whether pension benefits should be deducted from a damages award for wrongful dismissal. In a majority decision by Cromwell J., the Court determined that they should not be...
|Bold Shift in IRS Approach to Transfer Pricing Controversies|
J. Clark Armitage, Peter A. Barnes, Neal M. Kochman, Patricia Gimbel Lewis; Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered;
February 27, 2014, previously published on February 27, 2014 U.S. taxpayers should prepare for major changes in IRS transfer pricing audits. New procedures, sharpened objectives, accelerated taxpayer decision points, and revised resolution opportunities will result from a confluence of just-issued IRS guidance. All will require refined handling of audits...
|Beyond DOMA; More Changes Coming For Employers?|
Karl W. Butterer; Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.;
February 27, 2014, previously published on February 20, 2014Last summer, the United States Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in Windsor v United States prompted Michigan employers to reevaluate their handbooks and benefits plans as they relate to spousal benefits for same sex spouses. The Windsor...
|Suspicion of Personal Enrichment Can Justify an Extraordinary Dismissal - Employment Law|
Michael Rainer, Michael Rainer; GRP Rainer LLP;
February 27, 2014, previously published on Februar 27, 2014The Hamburg Labour Court recently ruled that the strong suspicion of credit memos belonging to a business being used for private purposes can justify an extraordinary dismissal.
|Employer Pay or Play Penalties in 2015|
Vorys Sater Seymour Pease LLP;
February 27, 2014, previously published on February 21, 2014The employer pay or play penalties were originally scheduled to apply in 2014 but the IRS gave employers a one-year reprieve. Final regulations and FAQs published February 10, 2014 explain how the penalties will work in 2015 and provide several helpful transitional rules.