ACA Reporting Deadline Extension, CBS Harassment Settlement, Age Discrimination, and More
IRS Extends ACA Reporting Deadline, Experts Warn Fines Will be Levied for Noncompliance
The deadline to provide employees with Affordable Care Act (ACA) Form 1095-C has been extended from January 31, 2019 to March 4, 2019. The deadlines to file Forms 1094 and 1095 with the IRS have not changed, and remain February 28, 2019 if filing manually and April 1, 2019 if filing electronically.
The IRS has also published final forms and instructions for the 2019 filing season. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reports that experts see this as a “clear message from the IRS that it’s continuing to to enforce the reporting requirements”, and warns employers of the risks of noncompliance.
For more information and links to the final forms, please click here.
Connecticut Salary History Ban Effective January 1, 2019
Effective January 1, 2019, Connecticut employers will no longer legally be allowed to inquire about a candidate’s salary history during the interview process. Several other states and localities (including Vermont, Massachusetts, Oregon, California, and New York City) have already put similar legislation in place. Employers are encouraged to prepare for the salary history ban by notifying those involved in the hiring process about the new restrictions and reviewing employment applications to ensure any request for compensation history is removed.
For more information about the new legislation, please click here.
CBS Reaches Settlement with Charlie Rose Harassment Accusers
The New York Times reports that CBS News has reached a legal settlement with several women who were victims of sexual harassment by Charlie Rose. The lawsuit, which was settled for an undisclosed amount, was brought by three women who accused the network of not doing enough to protect them after they complained of Rose’s harassment and inappropriate behavior.
To read the full article, please click here.
As Workforce Ages, Experts Warn Employers to be Cautious of Age Discrimination
As American workers continue to remain in the workforce later in life than in previous time periods, Human Resources Executive Online warns employers to be aware of age related discrimination issues. HRE encourages employers to be avoid asking age related questions in employment applications, be sure not to promote job postings to only certain age groups, and also encourages employers to offer training to maturing populations on new technology or other industry changes.
To view the full article and study results, please click here.
New York: New Wage Laws Effective 12/31/18
As of December 31, 2018, the thresholds for New York’s “executive” and “administrative” overtime exemptions will increase for all employers. For employers with 11 or more employees (“Large Employer”), the salary thresholds will increase from $975 per week to $1,125 per week ($58,500 annually). For those with 10 or fewer employees (“Small Employer”), the thresholds will increase from $900 per week to $1,012.50 per week ($52,650 annually).
For more information, please click here.
IRS: 2019 Adjustments Released
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released the 2019 adjustments for employee benefit plan limits. Most limits have increased, including the highly compensated employee (HCE) limit, which has not been increased since 2015.
For more information and a table showing the various plan limits, please click here.