As we anticipated in a
previous post, the New York State Department of Finance and
Taxation ("Department") has issued guidance concerning
the state tax impacts of the Marriage Equality Act
("Act") on employees and employers.
Same-sex couples who are married as of December 31, 2011 will be
required to file their New York State return under
"married" status. However, their marital status remains
unrecognized for federal tax purposes due to the continued
recognition of the Defense of Marriage Act. Therefore, employers
and employees should be mindful that for certain employee benefits,
employees who are part of a same-sex married couple may be subject
to tax on the federal level but not on the state level. For
instance, the Department's guidance notes that employers should
not withhold tax for New York income tax purposes on the value of
same sex spouse's health benefits, even though the same benefit
would be subject to federal withholding.
Sylvia Dahlby, a "purveyor of talent acquisition, staffing management and recruiting business solutions" in Hawaii, commented below on our posts about "lookism," beauty bias, appearance bias, and obesity.
Over $2 million, along with "a very strong consent decree," is the price of settlement of an EEOC same sex sexual harassment (and retaliation) lawsuit action against a New Mexico car dealership on behalf of over 50 men.
Recently issued final regulations on the employer reporting requirements under the Affordable Care Act clarify and streamline the process for reporting information relating to the provision of minimum essential coverage and health insurance coverage offered under employer-sponsored plans.
I read with interest a recent post by Michael Kun in the Epstein Becker wage hour blog concerning (non-exempt) employees seeking payment for and/or suing for compensation for time spent checking and responding to emails and utilizing other PDAs on (ostensibly) Company business after business hours and on weekends.
On November 2, 2012, we reported that a federal court in Michigan had enjoined the application of the rule of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that would have required a "secular, for-profit, family owned and operated corporation" owned by a practicing Catholic to provide employee health insurance that covers contraception.
President Obama Issues Initiative to Expand Overtime Pay
On March 13, 2014, President Barack Obama requested that the Labor Department issue rules that greatly expand the number of workers who will be eligible to receive overtime pay.