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January 10, 2018

Question: One of our newer employees (she’s been with us only six months) just asked for a raise. One issue is that she was hired near the top of the salary range for her position, and while she’s a great employee, we feel giving her a raise now is not an option. How should we approach her request?

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Employee Benefit Changes in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

January 4, 2018

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed what is popularly known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) (the “Bill”), overhauling America’s tax code for both individuals and corporations and providing the most sweeping changes to the U.S. Tax Code since 1986.  The House and Senate Conference Committee provided a Policy Highlights of the major provisions of the Bill, and the Joint Committee on Taxation provided a lengthy explanation of the Bill. Compared to initial proposals, the final Bill generally does not make significant changes to employee benefits.  Notable changes include:

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Legal and Compliance News

January 2, 2018

Question: We are in the process of revising our employee handbook. Are there any anticipated new laws that will require policy changes in early 2018? If so, we will probably wait for those new policies before finalizing the handbook.

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Court Vacates EEOC’s Wellness Program Incentives Rules Effective January 1, 2019

December 28, 2017

In an opinion dated December 20, 2017, in American Association for Retired Persons (AARP) v. EEOC, the federal court in the District of Columbia vacated, effective January 1, 2019, the portions of the final regulations that the EEOC issued last year under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) addressing wellness program incentives.  The current regulations will remain effective for 2018 while the EEOC reconsiders and promulgates new rules.

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