Monthly Archives: November 2012

Employee Tax in 2013: Prepare for Changes in Payroll, Income, and Medicare Taxes

Happy new year? On January 1, 2013, taxes go up for most employees, and the burden is on employers to make sure the money gets to Uncle Sam. That leaves just one short month to prepare for these three changes: 1. Expiration of the payroll tax holiday: “The 2 percent payroll tax cut enjoyed in… Read more »

Workplace Discrimination: Latest Need-to-Know from JD Supra

We welcome one of our newest JD Supra contributors — the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission — with a roundup of recent updates on workplace discrimination and related legal issues. For your reference: ATK to Pay $100,000 to Settle EEOC Race Discrimination Case (U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission): “Alliant Techsystems, Inc. (ATK), a Minnesota-based company that… Read more »

Health Care Reform Is Here to Stay – Are You Ready?

“For employers and plan sponsors that have been adopting a ‘wait and see’ approach before focusing on compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the time to wait is over. PPACA’s insurance mandates, market reforms, and employer requirements generally will move ahead as scheduled, with most of PPACA becoming fully effective just… Read more »

Firing Up on the Job Can Still Get You Fired: What New Marijuana Laws Mean for Employers

[Editor’s note: for full effect you might consider playing the song embedded below as you read the latest on this buzzing topic.] On November 6 of this year, voters in both Colorado and Washington approved initiatives to legalize the possession and use of small amounts of marijuana. What do the new laws mean for employers… Read more »

5 Tips for Navigating the Employee References Minefield

 True or false: When asked to give a reference for a terminated employee, you should provide only the person’s name, dates of employment and, if asked, salary level? True. Furnish just about any other information and – assuming it’s negative – the former employee could sue your company for, among other things, defamation. (Fisher &… Read more »

Tax News: Want to Help Sandy Relief Efforts? Here Are 3 Tax-Exempt Ways

“Because Hurricane Sandy has been designated a qualified disaster for U.S. federal tax purposes, certain payments made by employers and others to assist disaster victims will be considered qualified disaster relief payments and thus can be excluded from taxable income.” (Proskauer) Employers and small business owners who help victims of Hurricane Sandy deserve a break,… Read more »

3 Tips for Filing Hurricane Sandy Insurance Claims for Your Business

“Businesses with operations in the path of the storm may have suffered significant property damage and an interruption of business. Businesses nationwide—and even worldwide—also may have suffered contingent business interruption losses due to the inability to obtain supplies, among other things, from business in the Eastern United States that suffered direct physical property damage.” (Perkins… Read more »

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath a HR Nightmare for Workers and Their Employers

“Natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy can create a host of employment challenges for employers, from wage-hour concerns to employee leave and employee safety.” (Schnader) As the country begins to understand the profound damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy, those folks who managed to make it through relatively unscathed are finding a new nightmare in the wake… Read more »

EEOC to Employers: Anti-Discrimination Also Laws Protect Domestic Violence Victims

Earlier this month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released new guidance to help employers avoid discrimination of domestic violence victims. Entitled “Questions and Answers: The Application of Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act to Applicants or Employees who Experience Domestic or Dating Violence, Sexual Assault or Stalking,” the guidance provides examples of employment… Read more »