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Federal Employment Law Update – February 2018 | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

IRS Releases Publication 15 and W-4 Withholding Guidance for 2018On January 31, 2018, the federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released Publication 15 — Introductory Material, which includes the following:2018 federal income tax withholding tables.Exempt Form W-4.New information on:Withholding allowance.Withholding on supplemental wages.Backup withholding.Moving expense reimbursement.Social Security and Medicare tax for 2018.Disaster tax relief.Read Publication 15 … Continued

Federal Employment Law Update – January 2018 | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

WHD Revises Test for Unpaid InternshipsOn January 5, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) released a Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB No. 2018-2) establishing that the primary beneficiary test, rather than the six-point test, will determine whether interns at for-profit employers are employees under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).The … Continued

Utilize FSA Monies with Key Year–End Strategies | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

‘Tis the Season’. Like most, you ‘re probably in the midst of the “hussle and bussle” of this holiday season with dinners, parties, and activities; Christmas shopping; and spending those remaining FSA dollars you have allocated this year.  Wait, what? Yes, you read right. Chances are, if you’ve opted to utilize an employer-sponsored FSA account … Continued

Agencies Provide Relief for Group Plans and Donation Programs Affected by Hurricanes/Wildfires | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a news release to recognize that plan participants and beneficiaries may encounter problems due to Hurricane Maria and the California Wildfires. The DOL advises plan fiduciaries to make reasonable accommodations to prevent workers’ loss of benefits and to take steps to minimize the possibility of individuals losing benefits because of … Continued

IRS Updates Guidance on Play-or-Pay Penalty Assessments | JRW Associates, Inc., a Raleigh Benefit Advisory Firm

Beginning in 2015, to comply with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), “large” employers must offer their full-time employees health coverage, or pay one of two employer shared responsibility / play-or-pay penalties. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) determines the penalty each calendar year after employees have filed their federal tax returns.In November 2017, … Continued

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