October 16, 2017
In a one page opinion, the United States Supreme Court remanded one of the two “travel ban” cases pending SCOTUS review.
October 13, 2017
President Trump issued an Executive Order yesterday which purports to suggest three avenues for offering health insurance at a decreased cost to small employers and consumers for the overall goal of reducing healthcare costs on the grounds that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has limited consumer choice resulting in an increase in healthcare insurance cost. The Order charges various administrative agencies to act within 60 days.
October 10, 2017
Jeff Stover, an intellectual property attorney with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, recently spoke at BevCon Charleston, a conference solely focused on the beverage industry.
September 19, 2017
There are several ways that employers can keep their unemployment insurance (UI) tax rate down. First, it is beneficial to learn how the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce (“SCDEW”) determines the employer’s experience for tax rate assignment.
September 14, 2017
On August 28, 2017 the South Carolina Department of Revenue published Rev Rule #17-5, which updated Rev Rule #15-3 (the “Rev Rul”).
September 01, 2017
By now, employers are certainly well aware that on November 22, 2016, a federal judge in Texas issued a preliminary injunction that effectively prevented the implementation and enforcement of the new Department of Labor (“DOL”) regulations regarding the exemptions from overtime for bona fide executive, administrative, or professional (“EAP”) employees.
August 28, 2017
Court of Appeals reverses judgment for bank customer on breach of fiduciary duty claim in case where representations in question were made by an individual that was not employed by the Bank at that time.
August 24, 2017
This blog has previously covered the potential pitfalls of classifying workers as independent contractors. While classifying a worker as a “1099” offers many potential benefits on the business side, it can expose the company to significant tax liability, statutory penalties, and monetary damages.
August 15, 2017
Last month, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a new version of the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form.
July 26, 2017
Today, July 26, 2017, the Department of Labor issued a Request for Information seeking notice and comment from the public before issuing revised proposed regulations regarding the minimum salary level required to meet the executive, administrative, and salary level exemption from the overtime requirement.
David Donovan of South Carolina Lawyers Weekly posted an article, “The Pence Policy: Male-Female Interaction Rule May Have Pitfalls for Employers”, which addresses how Vice President Pence’s policy to never eat alone with a woman other than his wife might disadvantage women if the policy was employed in the workplace because of lost mentoring or career-advancement opportunities.
July 20, 2017
On July 6th, we covered the United States Supreme Court decision regarding President Trump’s travel ban. That Order limited the entry of foreign nationals and refugees based on an individual’s “bona fide relationship” with an entity or person in the United States and capped the number of refugees that may enter for 2017 at 50,000.
July 06, 2017
President Trump’s Second Executive Order acted to limit the entry of foreign nationals and refugees into the United States.
June 28, 2017
Recently, the District Court for the Southern District of Florida held in Gil v. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., that Winn Dixie’s website violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), and awarded the plaintiff attorneys fees and injunctive relief. Many believe this to be the first trial regarding website accessibility to date.
June 20, 2017
Last week, in the case of EEOC v. Consul Energy, Inc., the Fourth Circuit affirmed a $586,860 judgment for a coal miner who claimed that his employer (Consul Energy) failed to accommodate his religious beliefs and constructively discharged him when it forced him to use a biometric hand scanner to monitor work hours.