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Topic: Legislative Update

Tax Alert: The future of the Affordable Care Act after the Midterm Elections

As a result of last week’s midterm elections, in which the Republicans expanded their Senate majority and the Democrats took the majority in the House, there has been much speculation about what will or will not occur when Congress convenes in January. In considering the impacts of the elections on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), […]

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Important Update on Federal and Department of Transportation Drug Testing Programs

The “Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act” or the “Support for Patients and Communities Act”  was signed into law on October 24, 2018 Federal Bill H. R. 6. the “Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act” or the “Support for […]

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Background screening guidelines modified by Federal Deposit Insurance Act

Changes apply to employers within the Financial Services industry Few sectors are as strictly regulated as Financial Services, and that close oversight extends to the industry’s background check policies. Recently the recommended guidelines for background screening, set forth in Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (FDI Act), were modified to expand the de […]

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Tax Alert: New Bill Proposes IEC Permanency

Congresswoman Kristi Noem (R-SD) recently introduced the Tribal Tax Empowerment and Jobs Act of 2018 (HR-7000), meant to provide for increased economic opportunities for Native American tribes. Section 5 of the bill proposes making the Indian Employment Credit permanent. The Indian Employment Credit provides businesses with an incentive to hire enrolled members, or the spouse […]

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Clarification of OSHA’s Position on Workplace Safety Incentive Programs and Post-Incident Drug Testing Under 29 C.F.R. § 1904.35(b)(1)(iv)

On May 12, 2016, OSHA published a final rule that, among other things, amended 29 C.F.R. § 1904.35 to add a provision prohibiting employers from retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses.  See 29 C.F.R. § 1904.35(b)(1)(iv). In the preamble to the final rule and post-promulgation interpretive documents, OSHA discussed how the final […]

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Attention: Employers with Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Compliance Obligations Random Drug Testing Rate Increase Effective January 1, 2019

Attention: Employers with Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Compliance Obligations Random Drug Testing Rate Increase Effective January 1, 2019 Although no Federal Register Notice has been published to date, it has come to our attention that on October 17, 2018, the Federal Transit Administration issued a “Dear Colleague” letter as attached announcing that effective January […]

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Alert: Marijuana/Cannabis is Now Legal in Canada

As appears on headlines across Canada, as publicized in the United States, and likely in many other countries across the globe, Marijuana is now legal in Canada.  Effective October 17, 2018, the Cannabis Act https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-24.5/ legalizes possession and non-medical use of cannabis for adults across Canada. The Act also creates a legal framework to control […]

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California Employers: Pay Special Attention

Unique consumer protection laws could impact your hiring and employment screening processes The Golden State has long been a leading proponent of strict consumer privacy and protection legislation. If you’re a California employer, have employees who work who live in the state, or you collect personal information about California residents, take a minute to review […]

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Fleet Alert: Unified Carrier Registration Period Delayed Indefinitely

In August we sent you an Alert that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration had announced plans to reduce the 2019 annual Unified Carrier Registration fees, but because the fees have not been finalized, the FMCSA has delayed the start of the 2019 UCR registration period indefinitely. Once the fees, which are likely going to […]

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Tax Alert: Potential New Credit for Employers Impacted by Hurricane Florence

The Hurricane Florence Tax Relief Act was recently proposed via House Bill 6854. If passed, this Bill would create a tax credit for businesses located in the Hurricane Florence Disaster Zone that experienced inoperability as a result of the storm. The potential credit would be 40% of up to $6,000 in wages paid to employees […]

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