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A number of prominent Texas lawmakers in alliance with members of the business community fell short in their efforts to counter paid sick leave policies which had been adopted by several cities, Austin, San Antonio and Dallas.  The Legislature closed the doors on its 86th regular session on May 27th.

Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) face a potentially confusing situation when bringing someone back onto their work force, commonly referred to as a rehire; and need to pay attention that they are following two different sets of rules: first, the IRS’ rules on Employer Share...

The prospect of corrective action or termination makes a lot of managers nervous. That’s understandable. For employees, being disciplined or losing their job can be anything from moderately embarrassing to financially devastating, but it’s rarely a happy occasion. For the employers, these actions always come...

The Texas Senate recently unanimously passed legislation to formally change the Texas Insurance Code to harmonize it with the Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements authorized in the federal 21st Centuries Cure Act passed by Congress in 2016.  By doing so, the legislation also conforms...

A&E Tire pays $60,000 to settle sex discrimination lawsuit; Denver, CO. A&E offered a job to Egan Woodward but did not hire him after learning he was transgender.  Woodward checked the box “female” on his background screening paperwork.  A&E rescinded his offer and hired someone else. ETC...

Even with video conferencing and messaging apps, fully involving remote employees in team and company meetings remains a challenge. There may be no replacing the experience of being physically in the room, but you can take steps to make these meetings more productive and inclusive....

Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) have now learned exactly how serious the IRS was that they comply with the Section 4980H of the Affordable Care Act, (AKA the employer mandate) as the infamous IRS 226J letters arrived in employer’s mailboxes during the past many months. The penalties...

For the 2015 and 2016 tax years, the IRS has been using Letter 5699 to notify employers it suspects of being an ALE that did not distribute and file Forms 1094-C/1095-C. The IRS appears to be relying on the number of Forms W-2 filed to identify potential ALEs. Any employers who receive this letter from the IRS should act quickly to respond or risk penalty exposure for failure to furnish and file form under IRC Sections 6721 and 6722.
Should employers review their policies and practices in light of the proposed upcoming FLSA overtime changes? Reclassified employees may have to follow procedures and policies that didn’t apply to them before—or that you didn’t have. Changing habits can be a challenge, but changing those of your formerly exempt employees with respect to hours worked and tracked is critical to preventing wage and hour violations.
Here are some common questions we've seen at ETC relating to the recently released proposed rule on changing the overtime exemption regulations.