FLSA Overtime Rule Blocked by Federal Judge

The federal overtime rule scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2016 has been blocked by U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III, who issued a preliminary injunction on Tuesday. The Department of Labor (DOL) rule would have essentially doubled the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) salary threshold for overtime pay exemption.

To learn more about what this recent development means for you and your business, click here for an informative article from the Society for Human Resource Management.

 

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Employee Benefits Update: October/November 2016

This issue’s topics include:

Small employers on notice
Fiduciary focus important for any size employer

One recent lawsuit alleging fiduciary duty violations caught the attention of many in the employee benefits business not because of the nature of the charges, but instead because it involved a small employer. A string of large employers have faced similar charges and ultimately compensated participants. Even though the plaintiffs later withdrew their complaint, this article examines why the filing of this case matters. A sidebar offers several methods of allocating recordkeeping fees equitably among participants.

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IRS places high priority on retirement plan internal controls

When IRS examiners check under the hood of many retirement plans, they often find a lack of sufficient internal controls. The consequences can be severe — even if an IRS audit doesn’t turn up any other problems. The worst-case scenario? Theft of plan assets that is financially damaging to participants and your company, and can also lead to plan disqualification. This article highlights the importance of internal controls for both retirement plan sponsors and their service providers.

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Fair Labor Standards Act update
New employee exempt status threshold rules affect retirement plans

Changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that take effect December 1 could have implications for retirement plans. The changes affect what forms of compensation businesses use to calculate employer contributions to their qualified retirement plans and determine highly compensated employee (HCE) status. This article reviews the new exemption rules and how they affect retirement plans.

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Hybrid pension plan interest credit rule amendment deadline nears

The deadline for hybrid pension sponsors to adopt plan amendments bringing them into compliance with key provisions of final IRS hybrid plan regulations is fast approaching: January 1, 2017 (2019 for collectively bargained plans). This article reviews the deadline for transitional amendments to satisfy the regulations’ market rate-of-return rule.

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Compliance alert

This feature lists a few key tax reporting deadlines for October and November.

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Insero Named a Rochester Metro Area 2016 Top Workplace

Insero & Co. CPAs has been named one of the 2016 Top Workplaces in Rochester by the Democrat and Chronicle. The firm was also honored with a Special Award for Ethics, described by the phrase “This company operates by strong values and ethics.” The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. Several aspects of workplace culture were measured, including Alignment, Execution, and Connection, just to name a few.

2016 Top Workplaces Award Winners

Vincent Leo, Nancy Catarisano, and David Mandrycky

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Employee Benefits Update: February/March 2016

This issue’s topics include:

  • IRS eases pain for correcting certain plan administration errors
  • What are you forgetting? Reviewing commonly overlooked fiduciary duties
  • It may be time to offer annuity options to 401(k) plan participants
  • Shut the door: IRS ends defined benefit plan lump sum payouts

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Federal Tax Weekly: January 14, 2016

This issue’s topics include:

  • IRS Nixes Proposed Regs On Optional Reporting By Charitable Organizations
  • IRS Clarifies Treatment Of Retroactive Increase In Excludable Transit Benefits For FICA Taxes And W-2 Reporting
  • Tax Court Reversal: Taxpayers Can Claim Losses By Mark-to-Marking Currency Options Under Code Sec. 1256
  • Chief Counsel Will Assert Penalties Based On Disallowed Refundable Credits, Following Change In PATH Act
  • IRS Provides Some Penalty Relief To Education Institutions For Missing TINs

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Federal Tax Weekly: January 7, 2016

This issue’s topics include:

  • IRS Announces Extension Of Some Key ACA Information Reporting Deadlines
  • New Guidance Expands Scope Of Nontaxable Identity Protection Services
  • IRS Issues 2016 Updates Of Procedures For Ruling Requests, Technical Advice, Determination Letters, User Fees, And No-Rule Areas
  • IRS Reminds Taxpayers Of How To Request Transcripts
  • IRS Provides Guidance For Plan Sponsors Before Elimination Of Cycle System

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Federal Tax Weekly: December 31, 2015

This issue’s topics include:

  • Year-End Tax Legislation Impacts Extenders, ACA, IRS, And More
  • IRS Releases 2016 Standard Mileage Rates For Automobile Use; Business Rates Drop Four Cents, Medical And Moving Rates Drop 3.5 Cents
  • 2016 Filing Season To Open January 19
  • Final Regs For Type III Supporting Organizations Retain Distribution Requirements
  • IRS Clarifies Various ACA Provisions

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Federal Tax Weekly: December 17, 2015

This issue’s topics include:

  • Negotiations Continue On Extenders, Omnibus, ACA Taxes
  • IRS Launches Initiative To Help Employers Keep Current With Payroll Taxes
  • IRS Reminds Applicable Large Employers Of ACA Reporting Deadlines
  • Transfer Of Stock In Family Business To Trust For Children Was Taxable Gift; No Gift Tax Return Kept Limitations Period Open
  • IRS Releases Annual List Of Cumulative Changes In Plan Qualification Requirements

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Federal Tax Weekly: December 10, 2015

This issue’s topics include:

  • Obama Signs Highway Bill With Tax Offsets; Negotiations Continue On Omnibus And Extenders
  • Chief Counsel Reaffirms Prior Guidance On Computer Costs: Some Costs Must Be Capitalized; Others Deductible
  • IRS Clarifies Proposed Regs’ Substantiation Option For Charitable Contributions
  • Damages And Legal Expenses Paid By Corporation’s Managing Shareholder To Satisfy Judgment Were Deductible Business Expenses
  • IRS Extends Time Limits For Issuing Tribal Economic Development Bonds

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Employee Benefits Update: Year End 2015

This issue’s topics include:

  • Determination letter limbo: IRS makes changes to determination letter program
  • Tibble case puts focus on fiduciaries’ ongoing duties
  • Give employees more bang for their buck: How to use default deferral rates and auto-escalation clauses
  • Is a customized TDF right for you?

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