The end of the year came and went without formal approval of the “Tax Extenders Act of 2009.” But once enacted, the new law would retroactively extend a bunch of key tax provisions that expired after 2009. Generally, it will preserve these tax benefits for one more year. Here are the main tax winners for individuals and businesses:
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Employees may think that just calling in sick is enough to put their employers on notice that they need FMLA leave. That’s simply not the case. Until recently, at least one federal appeals court had told employers they had to consider an employee’s unusual behavior as “constructive notice” of the need for FMLA leave. Now the DOL has eliminated the regulation on which the court relied.
The longer Scott Berkun works as a shaman in leadership circles, the greater the danger he’ll start believing his own PR and acting like one of those annoying gurus who talk as if everybody else is too stupid to do in a year what he could do in a day. To keep know-it-alls from falling for their own malarkey, he makes the following suggestions for keeping “experts” in line:
Starting Feb. 1, the IRS will begin intensive audits looking into the employment tax compliance of 6,000 randomly selected employers. One key target: identify employers that are improperly misclassifying employees as independent contractors. If your company is selected for audit, follow good IRS examination management practices.
A proposal that would make it easier for unions to enlist members from among railroad and other transportation workers is facing a new challenge from a free market advocacy group.
It’s a serious mistake to wrongly classify employees as exempt when they should be designated as hourly workers eligible for overtime. Be especially wary of one of the most common errors: Applying the exempt administrative classification to employees just because they perform nonmanual work directly related to the management or general business operations of the company.
Now’s a good time to double-check your wage-and-hour compliance. The DOL's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) last month completed its promised hiring of 250 new wage-and-hour investigators—a 33% increase in its investigative force. Plus, starting in early 2010, the WHD will be teaching your workers how to sue.