Posts by Joanna Kim-Brunetti

WOTC Survives Tax Reform Legislation


There were many changes to tax law in the recent tax reform legislation passed by Congress in December 2017. One important program remained untouched, however, the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), which will remain in place until at least the end of 2019. The WOTC is a voluntary federal tax credit administered by the Employment…

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Maryland Becomes Ninth State to Require Paid Sick Leave


Starting this month, Maryland employers will be dealing with a new law addressing paid sick leave or safe leave. Called the Healthy Working Families Act (HWFA), the new law enables Maryland employees to have paid sick leave—for their physical health, mental health, injury, sick covered family members, maternity/paternity leave, as well as leave for violence…

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U.S. DOL Provides New Guidance on Interns


Internships can provide valuable working experiences for college and high school students. Talented students serving as interns can also bring enthusiasm and savvy insights into your workplace, particularly as some of us grapple with ever-evolving technology that young people seem to be facile with well before adults. However, it’s important to remember that students serving…

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New North Carolina Law Reminder to Avoid Worker Misclassification


On December 31, 2017, the North Carolina Employee Fair Classification Act (EFCA) took effect. The law allows for heightened investigations into those employers that are allegedly misclassifying their workers as independent contractors rather than as employees. The law allows workers to report potential job misclassification cases to a new division within the North Carolina Industrial…

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Pay Ratios Are on Investors’ Minds


Public companies will be required to provide disclosure of their pay ratios in registration statements, proxy and information statements, and annual reports that will be issued this year. How did we get here? Several years ago, the SEC adopted a rule that requires public companies to reveal the ratio of the compensation of a CEO…

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Predictive Scheduling Making an Impact In New York


New York City is implementing new rules that will affect the predictability of workers’ schedules in retail stores and fast-food restaurants, becoming the largest city to implement such legislation. These new rules are reflected in a collection of local laws dubbed the “Fair Workweek” legislation (including Int. No. 1387-2016 – applicable only to retail establishments;…

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