Individual Mandate Gone, Employer Mandate Next?

When the Tax Cut and Jobs Act was signed into law by the President just before Christmas last month, the law eliminated the individual mandate created by the Affordable Care Act. With that done, it would appear that Republicans in Congress now want to repeal the other side of the two-headed mandate monster, the employer…

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Maryland Overrides & Adopts Paid Leave

We advised as recently as last week that Maryland could be next up in mandating paid sick leave for private employees and that caution became reality last week. The Maryland state senate followed the lead of the House of Delegates and overrode the veto of Governor Larry Hogan on legislation mandating paid sick leave for…

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Over, But Not Gone

As we advised a few weeks ago, the NLRB reversed its egregious decision in Browning-Ferris and the definition of a joint-employer has reverted to the long accepted version of “direct and immediate control” over employees rather than the Obama-era “indirect and unexercised” control standard. Notwithstanding, proponents of retaining the 2015 definition continue to pursue avenues…

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More Minimum Wage

Now that we’ve turned the calendar and 2018 is officially here, we want to remind you once again that as of this past Monday (January 1, 2018), the minimum wage in 18 different states was increased. We advise and caution all to ensure that you are in compliance with the state minimum wage , whether…

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Minimum Wage vs. Jobs

It has long been debated what impact minimum wage increases actually have on job prospects for those same low income individuals the minimum wage is designed to help. A study released a few weeks ago by the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) says that California raising the minimum wage as it has could cost the state…

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Tax Reform Grants Family Leave Credit

There seems to be much debate still on the benefits of the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Tax Reform), signed into law by President Trump shortly before Christmas, but our friends at SESCO Management make it clear that one benefit for business is a new employer credit for paid family and medical leave.  The…

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But They’re Good With Tip Pooling Extension

As aghast as the aforementioned Representative Bobby Scott claimed to be over the reversal of the joint employer and other rulings by the NLRB, it appears he was much pleased with Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta and his extension of the public comment period on a potential tip pooling rule change. You will recall that…

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Senate Confirms 3 To DOL

While DOL considers comments submitted about a potential change in the tip pooling rule, the department welcomed three new executive level employees to their shop as the full Senate gave formal confirmation to three Trump appointees to the DOL.  Last week, the Senate confirmed the nominations of Kate S. O’Scannlain, from Maryland, to be Solicitor…

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Tax Reform Losers?

As we hear more and more punditry on who wins with the new Tax Reform law the President signed last week (80% of American taxpayers will see a tax reduction!) and who loses, it seemed to take a bit of a comical twist last week with the complaints of a number of institutions of higher…

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New Jersey Tax Change

And for the record, the new federal tax reform law, which doubles the exemption from the federal estate tax for the next 8 years, after which the higher threshold sunsets. But in New Jersey, outgoing Governor Chris Christie succeeded in eliminating the state tax on inheritances completely back when he signed a tax overhaul bill…

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