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Karen McLeese

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Seattle Mandates Commuter Benefits

January 13, 2020 By Karen McLeese

Seattle Mandates Commuter Benefits

Beginning January 1, 2020, Seattle employers with twenty or more employees worldwide must provide transit benefits to their Seattle employees.

District of Columbia: Paid Medical and Family Leave Posting

January 13, 2020 By Karen McLeese

District of Columbia: Paid Medical and Family Leave Posting

The Department of Employment Services has issued a model notice that can be used to satisfy an employer’s notice obligation under the District of Columbia’s paid medical and family leave law.

Pittsburgh Paid Sick Leave: Implementation Guidelines and Effective Date

January 13, 2020 By Karen McLeese

Pittsburgh Paid Sick Leave: Implementation Guidelines and Effective Date

The City of Pittsburgh passed a Paid Sick Days Ordinance in August, 2015. The Ordinance was challenged and the courts ruled against the City.  The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania overturned the lower courts’ rulings last year and concluded the Ordinance stands.  The City has subsequently issued updated guidelines for employers and employees relating to the Ordinance, which takes effect March 15, 2020.

Unsettled “Use it or Lose It” Vacation Rules in Colorado

January 13, 2020 By Karen McLeese

Unsettled “Use it or Lose It” Vacation Rules in Colorado

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment recent adopted rules in an effort to clarify how to determine accrued unused vacation in employer-employee agreements that contain a use-it-or-lose-it provision.

DOL Clarifies Perks and Benefits for FLSA Purposes

January 13, 2020 By Karen McLeese

DOL Clarifies Perks and Benefits for FLSA Purposes

Almost coincident with the effective date of the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division’s overtime rules, which took effect on January 1, 2020, the Department of Labor issued another set of final rules to clarify the types of benefits and other miscellaneous payments that are excludable in an individual’s regular rate of pay.

Are Genetic Testing Services a Deductible Medical Expense?

January 13, 2020 By Karen McLeese

Are Genetic Testing Services a Deductible Medical Expense?

A recent IRS Private Letter Ruling provides clarification about what types of services qualify as a deductible medical expense under IRC Section 213(d).

The Importance of Properly Executed Plan Documents

January 13, 2020 By Karen McLeese

The Importance of Properly Executed Plan Documents

A recent IRS Chief Counsel Memorandum provides a very important reminder about an essential element required in plan sponsorship, specifically, plan documentation.

Paid Sick Leave Updates in San Antonio and Duluth

December 4, 2019 By Karen McLeese

Paid Sick Leave Updates in San Antonio and Duluth

Practically on the eve of its effective date, the San Antonio paid sick and safe leave ordinance has been stayed by court order.  And, the City of Duluth released final rules and updated FAQs to assist employers with their compliance of the law, which takes effect January 1, 2020. 

Nevada’s “Leave for Any Purpose” Law Clarified

December 4, 2019 By Karen McLeese

Nevada’s “Leave for Any Purpose” Law Clarified

The Nevada Labor Commissioner issued an advisory opinion together with FAQs to clarify certain aspects of the state’s recently enacted “leave for any purpose” law, which takes effect January 1, 2020.  Of particular note, this guidance addresses how to determine employer size and the requirement to include information about the leave benefit in the employer’s workplace policies.

HHS Increases Penalties for Compliance Failures

December 4, 2019 By Karen McLeese

HHS Increases Penalties for Compliance Failures

Employee benefit plans are subject to oversight by several government regulatory agencies including HHS, DOL and IRS.  These agencies may adjust certain monetary civil penalties for compliance failures.  To this end, HHS recently made adjustments in civil penalties for violations of the HIPAA privacy, security and breach rules, the failure to provide the SBC to plan participants, as well as violations relating to the Medicare secondary payor rules. 

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