Welcome to the Trüpp Legal Corner designed to keep business leaders informed of critical employment legislation and case law.
Paid-leave tax credit that could apply to certain employers
Under the new section of the Internal Revenue Code, employers that voluntarily offer qualifying employees up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave may claim a tax credit. The leave benefit must meet certain requirements and be in a written policy to qualify for this credit.
EEOC prioritizing pay equity cases
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that pay equity will be one of its six major focuses in the years to come. Employers should review their compensation plans, as the EEOC has established its enforcement of equal pay laws with large scale settlements in the first few months of 2018.
IRS lowers 2018 Family HSA contribution limit
The 2018 contribution to health savings accounts (HSAs) has decreased by $50. This amount has been re-adjusted due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that passed at the end of 2017.
Washington state is the latest to add ban-the-box law
Washington has passed the “Fair Chance Act”, prohibiting employers from asking about prior arrests or convictions before the applicant is determined as qualified for a position. With this law being passed, all west coast states now have ban-the-box laws in place.