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Social Security Disability Insurance Fund Will Be Depleted Soon

The Social Security Board of Trustees has released its annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds.  The Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund will become depleted in 2016, unchanged from last year’s estimate. ——– The … Continue reading

DOL Says Most Workers Are Employees Under The FLSA, Not Independent Contractors

In Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-1, the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor (DOL) has stated that under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), most workers are employees, not independent contractors.  The DOL also says that misclassification of … Continue reading

State and Local Leave Update

If you are trying to keep up with state and local laws related to leaves, you are probably ready to scream “Make it stop!”  There are new paid sick leave laws in Oregon, Emeryville, California and Bloomfield, New Jersey, plus … Continue reading

California Aligns Definition of Small Group With ACA Definition

California’s Governor Brown has signed SB 125, which conforms California’s definition of a small group, for insurance purposes, with the definition in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  This is good news for some groups. ——– The article you have requested … Continue reading

California Employers Have Until July 8 to Notify Employees of New Paid Sick Leave Law

According to the California Department of Industrial Relations, an employer must individually notify all employees hired prior to January 1, 2015 of changes to terms and conditions of employment that relate to paid sick leave within 7 days of the … Continue reading

Supreme Court Rules All States Must Allow Same-Sex Marriages

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that all states must allow same-sex marriages.  Because the ruling was based on the 14th Amendment, it is unlikely that self-funded plans could claim that ERISA preemption would allow them to discriminate against same-sex … Continue reading