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New York Employment Law Update – February 2018 | New York Benefit Brokers

Enforcement of NYC Fast Food Deductions Law Stayed by Federal JudgeOn January 17, 2018, enforcement of the NYC Fast Food Deductions Law, part of the city’s Fair Work Week laws, was stayed by a federal judge in Restaurant Law Center, et al. v. City of New York, et al, 1:17cv9128. The lawsuit challenges the Deductions … Continued

CMS Disclosure Requirement for Employer Health Plans | NY Benefit Advisors

Do you offer health coverage to your employees? Does your group health plan cover outpatient prescription drugs? If so, federal law requires you to complete an online disclosure form every year with information about your plan’s drug coverage. You have 60 days from the start of your health plan year to complete the form. For … Continued

Benefits Easy: Intro to Self-Funding | New York Benefit Brokers

As the first month of 2018 wraps up, companies have already begun the arduous task of submitting budgets and finding ways to cut costs for the new year. One of the most effective ways to combat increasing health care costs for companies is to move to a Self-Funded insurance plan. By paying for claims out-of-pocket … Continued

2018 W-4 Forms Won’t Be Released Until Late February | NY Benefit Consultants

If you’ve been getting questions from your employees about completing new 2018 W-4 forms to take advantage of the tax reform rules, we’ve finally received some answers. You can continue to rely on the current W-4 forms for now until the new 2018 form is released in late February.The January 29th Internal Revenue Service (IRS) … Continued

Federal Employment Law Update – January 2018 | NY Benefit Advisors

WHD Revises Test for Unpaid InternshipsOn January 5, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) released a Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB No. 2018-2) establishing that the primary beneficiary test, rather than the six-point test, will determine whether interns at for-profit employers are employees under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).The … Continued

Ask the Experts: BLS Current Employment Statistics Survey – Is participation mandatory? | New York Benefit Advisors

Question: We received a request from the New York State Department of Labor, Division of Research and Statistics, to provide information for “Occupational Employment Statistics Report in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor.” Is our participation mandatory or required?Answer: Your state department of labor has asked you to participate in the Bureau of Labor Statistics … Continued

So Who Is a Paid Intern Now? | New York Benefit Consultants

On January 5, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) created new guidance for determining whether a worker could be classified as an unpaid intern under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA requires “for-profit” employers to pay employees for their work. Interns, however, may not be classified as … Continued

Nothing Is Certain, But Death and LESS Taxes… | NY Benefit Consultants

On January 11, 2018, the Internal Revenue Service released its income tax withholding tables for 2018 reflecting changes made by the December 2017 tax reform legislation. The updated withholding information provides the new rates for employers to use during 2018. Employers are encouraged to use these tables as soon as possible but must use them by … Continued

Oral Health = Overall Health | NY Benefit Advisors

Have you heard the saying “the eyes are the window to your soul”? Well, did you know that your mouth is the window into what is going on with the rest of your body? Poor dental health contributes to major systemic health problems. Conversely, good dental hygiene can help improve your overall health.  As a … Continued

New Year, New Penalties | New York Benefit Advisors

Department of Labor Publishes Updated Penalties for OSHA ViolationsOn January 2, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published updated, inflation-adjusted penalties for violations of various laws regulated by the DOL and its internal components or divisions, including the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). The DOL is required to adjust the level of civil … Continued