According to the recent IT Security Risks Survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab, 73% of companies have been affected by internal information security breaches, and the largest single cause of confidential data losses is employees at 42%. In fact, 19% of respondents said that at least one of their employees loses a mobile device containing corporate data at least once a year.
Ohio employers will be happy to know that the Bureau of Workers' Compensation is on the verge of providing them yet another major rebate.
At first glance, the distinction between "business income" and "nonbusiness" income appears unequivocal. Recent case law followed by an ambiguous technical memorandum, however, created uncertainty among the legal and accounting communities. The distinction is crucial, as the maximum Ohio tax rate for business income is 3% whereas the nonbusiness income tax rate is capped at 4.997%.
In 2015, Canada's Gross Domestic Product in US Dollars was approximately $1.6 Trillion and the population of Canada was approximately 36 Million. With a shared border, a common language (in the west) and historically positive relations, Canada could represent a fertile trading ground for United States-based companies.
While the country is contiguous and friendly, there are many factors which must be taken into consideration before launching a commercial endeavor with our fellow North Americans.
In November 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new Form I-9 for all employers to use when hiring new employees. Starting January 22, 2017, all employers must use this new Form I-9, which has been referenced as a "smart" form because it can be filled out online and includes drop-down menus, hover text with instructions, and error messages. Failure to use the new Form I-9 beginning January 22, 2017, may result in civil fines.
On December 13, 2016, President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act. Title XVIII of the Act overturns a portion of ACA regulations (IRS Notice 2013-54) that prohibits employers from offering employees standalone health reimbursement arrangements (i.e., HRAs that are not integrated with a group health plan). This change will allow eligible small employers the opportunity to contribute money to HRA accounts of their employees that can be used to pay health insurance premiums as well as deductibles, copayments, and other out-of-pocket medical expenses.
In our blog entry dated November 23, 2016, Coolidge Wall announced that a federal judge in Texas had issued an injunction halting the Department of Labor's new wage and hour regulations from being implemented on December 1, 2016, as anticipated. These amended regulations purported to increase the threshold salary requirement for most exempt positions from $455 to $913 per week, which would have impacted more than an estimated four million workers throughout the country. Many employers were poised to implement changes in compliance with the amendments, and others had already implemented such changes in advance of the effective date.
The statute governing forcible entry and detainer claims, often referred to as evictions, allows landlords to file complaints against their tenants for a number of different reasons, including breaching a lease agreement, failing to pay rent, or engaging in illegal drug activity. If the landlord is a corporation, that corporation is required to be represented by an attorney in filing complaints for eviction and appearing before the Court. Non-lawyers are not permitted to file legal papers or represent the interests of a corporation before a Court except under very limited circumstances which do not apply to eviction actions. See http://www.coollaw.com/blog/2016/09/claim-limits-in-ohio-small-claims-court-increase-to-6000--.shtml.
By April 30, 2016, profit sharing, 401(k), and money purchase pension plans using pre-approved IRS documents were required to restate their plans to comply with the Pension Protection Act of 2006. If an employer finds this year end that the company's plan was not timely restated, the error can be corrected with the IRS. More importantly, if the error is found and corrected before April 30, 2017, the IRS fee to correct the error is reduced.
On August 24, 2016, the federal government published the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council's Final Rule and the Department of Labor's (DOL) Final Guidance implementing President Obama's July 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order 13673. The Final Rule and Guidance imposes numerous and substantial burdens on federal contractors.