Approaching Deadlines: An Eye on the Calendar

As we’ve tried to do over the past several months, now seems a good time to advise you of state law changes that will be taking effect within a few weeks, on or around the first of November. Those of you who live or have business interests in Missouri, New York, Oklahoma and Virginia might…

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Classification Law Moving East

With its recently enacted legislation, AB-5, which significantly alters the ground rules for the classification of employees, California has advanced the political “acceptability” of the “ABC” test first implemented in Massachusetts. Now, it would appear that New York State may be the next state to fall in line on “ABC” classifications. A new labor-backed coalition…

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IRS Issues Priority Guidance Plan

The Internal Revenue Service this week released its priority guidance plan for 2019-2020. The plan, which identifies and prioritizes tax issues that should be addressed through regulations, revenue procedures, notices and other published guidance, calls for the IRS to continue its focus on implementing the 2017 tax law as well as the Taxpayer First Act.…

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In Joint Employer Battle: Round 2 Goes to McDonald’s

On Tuesday of this week, a federal appeals court gave McDonald’s Corporation a significant victory on the question of joint employment status. The US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit found in Salazar v. McDonalds that the company was not a joint employer in that it did not exert enough control over employees at…

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EEOC Extends Pay Data Window

Notwithstanding the deadline for employers to collect and report certain pay data for the 2017 and 2018 calendar years to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was this past Tuesday, October 1, the agency has again extended the window for employers to do so. Essentially the agency, which is under court order to collect the…

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New York City Squeezes Speech

The New York City Commission on Human Rights is seemingly ramping up its restrictions on employers with a new Legal Enforcement Guidance on certain protections in the NYC Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). Specifically, a new guidance released this month provides that employers (as well as landlords) could be subjected to fines up to $250,000 for…

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Interchange Fee Settlement Proposed Again

It has been bouncing around for a good number of years now and was thought to be settled a few years ago before that settlement was ultimately rejected. Now, it would appear that a settlement has again been reached in the class action suit over VISA and MasterCard Interchange Fees. The lawsuit stems from claims…

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Maine Salary History Prohibition In Effect

Our friends at the Bennett Law Firm in Portland Maine reminded us that a new law banning employers from inquiring about a prospective employee’s salary history took effect this week. The prohibition, which formally took effect on September 18, exists until such time as the employer extends a job offer to the applicant that includes…

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Approaching Deadlines: An Eye on the Calendar

As we’ve done periodically over the past year, we want to advise you of some changes in various state laws that may impact your businesses so you’ll be better prepared when the calendar turns to October. Those of you with business interests in Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Illinois, Vermont and Oregon may want to…

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TSA Launches REAL ID Awareness Campaign

The debate happening in a number of states over the question of illegal immigrants being given drivers licenses, prompts me to speak to the imposition of the new Real ID requirements. We all still have another 12 months before enforcement will begin, but you may want to start planning to comply with these new requirements…

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