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Possible FICA tax savings on severance pay
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • USA
  • September 17 2012

A recent Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision concluded that severance pay provided to employees as a result of layoff or discontinuance of a plant, operations or other similar condition is exempt from FICA taxes


Another health insurancedisability insurance coverage issue
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • USA
  • September 11 2012

I recently blogged about an employer who continued health insurance coverage for an employee on short term disability in contravention of the health plan document


Court upholds wellness program
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • USA
  • September 11 2012

In one of the few cases that has considered the legality of an employer wellness program, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals considered a challenge by an employee of Broward County, Florida to the county’s imposition of a $20.00 bi-weekly charge on employees enrolled in the group health insurance plan who refused to participate in the employee wellness program


Gas prices must be going down
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • USA
  • December 10 2013

Every year the IRS issues optional standard mileage rates that can be used by taxpayers to calculate the deductible cost of operating an automobile


The Supreme Court will decide whether FICA taxes is owed on severance pay
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • USA
  • October 10 2013

I blogged here and here about Quality Stores, a case in which the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that severance pay is not subject to FICA


Independent contractor or employee it can depend upon who has the burden of proof
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • USA
  • January 24 2013

Those of us who work in the benefits area understand that the distinction between employee and independent contractor is an important one, but one in


Penalty for employer missed COBRA notice affirmed
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • USA
  • September 17 2014

Almost two years ago I blogged about a federal district court decision from Alabama that imposed a penalty of $37,950 ($75 a day) on an employer that


HIRE Act tax benefits
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • USA
  • May 13 2010

On March 18, 2010, two new tax benefits were enacted as part of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act


Dodd-Frank: disclosure of median comp of what utility?
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • USA
  • August 6 2010

I have been thinking about the new Dodd-Frank requirement for public companies to report the ratio of the median annual total compensation of all the company's employees (other than the CEO) to the CEO's annual total compensation


Assisting victims of Hurricane Sandy
  • Stinson Leonard Street LLP
  • USA
  • November 6 2012

Although our main office is in Minneapolis, Minnesota, we have clients located in other parts of the country, and ourselves have an office in Washington, D.C