Category Archives: Industry Update

NYC Fast Food Workers Bills

On December 17, the New York City Council passed two Bills that will alter the terms and conditions of employment for fast food employers in the city. The Bills are headed to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s desk, and he is expected to sign both Bills. The two Bills (Proposed Int. No. 1415-A and Proposed Int. […]

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guidance Supporting Workplace Flexibilities through Virtual Communication

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced new guidance in its ongoing efforts to support the American workforce during the coronavirus pandemic. As employers continue to meet the challenges presented to their businesses by the coronavirus, and as telework arrangements and virtual communication increasingly provide solutions, WHD continues to provide guidance […]

Update: EO 13950 (Race and Sex Stereotyping)

A federal district court has entered a nationwide preliminary injunction stopping the administration from enforcing an order entitled Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping (EO), which was signed by President Trump on September, 22, 2020. The EO included requirements for government contractors when providing diversity and inclusion training and would have applied to contracts entered […]

DOL Amends Employee Tip Regulations

On December 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule to amend employee tip regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The final rule will become effective 60 days after its publication in the Federal Register (March 1, 2021). The FLSA allows employers to collect all the tips employees receive […]

USCIS Extends Policy Allowing Employers to Accept EAD Approval Notices

U.S. Custom and Immigration Services (USCIS) previously notified employers that an I-797, Notice of Action evidencing the approval of an Employment Authorization Document (“EAD”) would be acceptable evidence of employment authorization for purposes of Form I-9 until December 1, 2020. This flexibility in the Form I-9 document requirements was a result of significant delays in […]

CDC & NY DOH Issues Updated Guidance to Reduce Quarantine

Updated CDC Guidance On December 2, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its COVID-19 guidance by suggesting quarantine periods shorter than 14 days. The CDC offers the following options as acceptable alternatives to shorten quarantine: Quarantine can end after 10 days without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily […]

IRS Issues Standard Mileage Rates For 2021

On December 22, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the 2021 optional standard mileage rates, which are used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on January 1, 2021, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel […]

U.S. District Court Sets Aside New Immigration Rules on Specialty Occupation and Wage Levels

As an update to our December communication, both Interim Final Rules (IFRs) issued by the US DOL (DOL) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) were met with legal challenges. The Interim Final Rules would have resulted in significantly higher prevailing wages for certain visas and amended existing regulations by limiting certain key definitions and […]

PCORI Fee Amount Adjusted for 2021

The IRS issued Notice 2020-84, which increases the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) fee amount for plan years ending on or after October 1, 2020, and before October 1, 2021. Specifically, the PCORI fee amount for plan years ending on or after October 1, 2020, and before October 1, 2021, is increased to $2.66 multiplied […]