IRS Extends ACA Employer Filing Deadline

The Internal Revenue Service this week released Notice 2016-4, extending filing and distribution deadlines for the employer reporting requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), thereby giving employers more time to comply with the law. Under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), employers (both self-insured and those with 50 or more FTEs) must file the requisite…

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Spending Bill Extends Menu Labeling Date

Speaking of federal extensions, further review of the omnibus spending bill passed by Congress a few days before Christmas reveals that the compliance date for federal menu-labeling regulations was extended by the law.  Originally, the rules were set to take effect on December 1, 2016, but language in the spending bill provides that compliance with…

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Minimum Wage Increases at State Levels

With the turn of the calendar, minimum wages will increase in 14 individual states with 12 of those coming as a result of legislation enacted within the past two years.  Both New York ($9/hour and $9.75 for fast food workers) and West Virginia ($8.75/hour) mandated increases to minimum wages effective December 31.  The 12 state…

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Tackling “Joint Employer” in the New Year

As the individual state legislatures begin new sessions, efforts to address the new NLRB definition of a joint employer at the state level are front and center in Wisconsin, Michigan and Virginia.  Senate Bill 422 in Wisconsin prohibits a franchisor being considered a joint employer with the franchisee unless the former agrees to the role…

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New Year Means New Requirements

With the New Year, also comes a host of new requirements on businesses.  For many states across the nation, the increased minimum wages translate into new employee information posters being required in all businesses.  In other states, changes to different statutes governing employment law may mean that new posters are required even if the wage…

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California Fair Franchise Celebration

This week the Coalition of Franchisee Associations (CFA) will gather in Sacramento for its quarterly Board meeting and to celebrate the signing of the California Franchise Relations Act with a reception on the evening of January 6.  If you would like to attend, contact Misty Chally, Coalition of Franchisee Associations, at 202-416-0270.  We also remind…

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Miscellaneous

Last week, the US Census Bureau issued its annual report on population estimates and trends from July, 2014 to July 2015.  According to the report, the US population increased by 0.79 percent to 321.4 million people (that’s a lot of coffee!). North Dakota (+2.3%) was the fastest-growing state for the fourth consecutive year, while the…

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On the Lighter Side

Although the information may be too late for this year, Washington DC- based WalletHub, a Washington DC-based financial advisory community, released a report identifying the best and worst cities from a cost/value perspective for celebrating New Year’s Eve.  Orlando topped the list followed by San Francisco, Atlanta, San Diego and Scottsdale, Arizona.  Although the ball…

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Congress Tees Up Critical Bill

Although it hasn’t made it to the President’s desk just yet, an important tax relief & spending authorization deal appears to have been reached in Congress this week and seemingly contains a few small but important Christmas gifts for small business if the deal holds and the bills signed into law by the President.  Three…

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