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March roundup

16 Apr 2018 8:46 PM | Rebecca Kellner (Administrator)

Here’s the important employment news you might have missed in March:

See our latest blog post about Wisconsin and the possible end of WFMLA for domestic partners.

IRS issued a new W-4

And other calculations resulting from tax reform lead to a change in the maximum HSA contribution for families in 2018 (despite a previously reported limit that was $50 higher).  Read more from Associated Benefits and Risk Consulting.

DOL launched a new voluntary program to rectify wage violations, called the PAID program.  See more from Walcheski & Luzi.  And to make sure you don’t have future violations, DOL also published some new compliance videos on the FLSA.

EEOC provided a status update to the DC court that mandated the EEOC to rethink its wellness rules – the update is there won’t be an update until a new EEOC chair is confirmed.  Check out the full story from Bloomberg Law.

If you were hoping to get a H-1B visa in October and haven’t filed yet – you’re out of luck.  The H-1B cap, which opened April 2nd, was met by April 6th this year.

The Supreme Court ruled those servicing automobiles at a dealership are exempt from overtime under FLSA.  See Walcheski & Luzi for more details. 

Last month the NLRB decided to vacate the definition of joint employer.  This month that decision has been challenged. SHRM has more details.

CEO pay ratio disclosures began for publicly traded companies this month.

The 5th Circuit court struck down DOL’s fiduciary rule; the DOL is not currently enforcing the rule. https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/benefits/pages/fiduciary-rule-in-limbo.aspx

The government spending bill, which resulted in funding for our federal government to stay open, had some added measures that impact employers:

Texas court ruled EEOC’s background check guidance is unenforceable (but in Wisconsin we still have state law that basically requires the same thing).  Littler has more information on the case

And don’t forget to check out WISHRM’s court update from Boardman and Clark!

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