Federal court grants injunction to delay overtime regulation implementation

A federal court granted an injunction on the federal overtime regulations that were slated to take effect on December 1. This ruling means that the regulations CANNOT take effect before the Court makes a final ruling on the lawsuit. A final ruling is not expected before the end of the year and most likely not before the new administration takes over. While many businesses have already made adjustments to be in compliance with the new regulations, it does gives businesses some leeway to roll back some changes that may have negatively affected employees.  

Drive-by lawsuits

S. 3446 the ADA Education and Reform Act was recently filed by Sen. Jeff Flake (R—AZ) and Roger Wicker (R—MS), which would add a provision to the American with Disabilities Act that would provide businesses with a defined period of time to correct an alleged ADA violation before legal action can be taken. This bill is a companion bill to House legislation that was recently passed out of the House Judiciary Committee.  

ACA form deadlines extended until March 2

The IRS has announced it will extend the deadline for the 1095-B (Health Coverage) and 1095-C (Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage) forms from January 31, 2017, to March 2, 2017.

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services releases new I-9 form

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a new version of its Form I-9, the Employment Eligibility Verification form. The new form should make it easier for employers and employees to complete portions of the form electronically. Employers may start using the new form on January 22, 2017.