Workers’ Compensation and Employment Law

On October 11, 2018, the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA) released an updated Memorandum to clarify its position on whether employee drug screening and safety incentive programs are permissible.  In May 2016, OSHA published a final rule that prohibited employers from retaliating against their...

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In a recent Chief Counsel Advice (CCA), the IRS concluded that an employer who misclassified employees as independent contractors could offset FICA taxes owed by the employer with self-employment taxes paid by the workers. Where workers are properly classified as employees, the employer is liable for...

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Under the Affordable Care Act, a 40% excise tax, often referred to as a “Cadillac tax”, was originally scheduled to apply for tax years beginning after 2017.   This Cadillac tax was to be levied on the “excess benefit” provided to an employee by an employer-sponsored...

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Congress approved a Joint Resolution nullifying the Department of Labor's Final Rule published on December 19, 2016 entitled "Clarification of Employer's Continuing Obligation to Make and Maintain an Accurate Record of Each Recordable Injury and Illness.” Previously, the Rule had imposed greater recording and recordkeeping requirements...

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In a surprising victory for employer groups and 21 states in a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Eastern District of Texas, Judge Amos Mazzant issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that effectively stopped implementation of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule, which...

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The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released its newly revised Form I-9, which employers need to complete upon hiring new employees to confirm their identity and authorization to work in the USA as required by the existing immigration laws. Use of the new...

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Under IRS Notice 2016-14, employers are obligated to report health care coverage information to the IRS and to issue statements to employees under the ACA, by March 16, 2016.  Sections 6055 and 6056 of the Code require “providers” of Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) to furnish...

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