Legislative Updates

  • 04/06/2023 4:06 PM | Maggie Garry (Administrator)

    The IRS released final regulations on February 21, 2023 which expands electronic filing for the forms W-2, 1099, 1094-C, 1095-C and other returns.  Under the new regulations, organizations that file 10 or more returns or statements in total (which can be between multiple forms) are required to file electronically beginning in 2024.  The IRS has created a new online portal to help businesses file Form 1099 returns electronically.  

    IRS and Treasury issue final regulations on e-file for businesses | Internal Revenue Service

  • 04/03/2023 9:02 AM | Maggie Garry (Administrator)

    On February 27th, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) confirmed that employers are not able to terminate or discipline employees for raising concerns about racism in the workplace.  The NLRB issued a memo relating to a case in California where a physician engaged in group discussions with students and faculty members about racial bias in the medical field.  The physician claims the school retaliated by ending her contract and discharging her.  She went on to file an unfair labor charge with the NLRB.

  • 04/03/2023 8:44 AM | Maggie Garry (Administrator)

    On March 24th, the DOL and HHS announced a Memorandum of Agreement to increase efforts to address child labor exploitation.  The agreement will do the following:

    *Help identify geographies/employers where children are likely being exploited.

    *Aid in investigations to help identify circumstances where children are being lawfully unemployed.

    *Ensure that victims of child labor trafficking have access to critical services.

    Since 2018, the DOL has seen a 69% increase in violation of child labor laws.

    Press Release: Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services announce additional steps to tackle child labor violations, strengthen coordination | U.S. Department of Labor (dol.gov)

  • 02/23/2023 2:47 PM | Maggie Garry (Administrator)

    On February 22, the Supreme Court ruled 6 to 3 in Helix Energy Solutions Group v. Hewitt that the former employee was eligible for overtime because he was paid on a daily basis.  The former employee who was an offshore oil rig worker was classified as a "bona fide executive" earning more than $200,000 annually and working approximately 84 hours a week.  The supreme court ruled that since the employee was not paid on a salary basis but rather a daily basis they are entitled to overtime.  

    Read more at: 21-984 Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. v. Hewitt (02/22/2023) (supremecourt.gov)

  • 02/08/2023 2:20 PM | Maggie Garry (Administrator)

    President Biden announced on January 30th that it is his intention to end both the Public Health Emergency and the COVID-19 National Emergency on May 11th.  The COVID-19 national emergency and public health emergency have been in place since 2020 which allow Americans to receive free tests, vaccines and treatments.  

  • 02/08/2023 1:55 PM | Maggie Garry (Administrator)

    SD Senate Bill 109 was introduced on 1/25 which would require a private employer with one hundred or more employees to disclose the hourly or salary compensation (or range) and a general description of benefits and other compensation to be offered to the newly hired, promoted or transferring applicant/employee.  

    To read SD Senate Bill 109, visit: 2023 Senate Bill 109 - SD Legislature require employers to disclose compensation or range of compensation to applicants and employees.

  • 02/08/2023 1:34 PM | Maggie Garry (Administrator)

    On February 7th, the SD House of Representatives passed HB 1087 which amends certain language and adds additional titles to the types of practitioners to which the bill pertains.  In addition, a new section was added which indicates that a contract is voidable if it restricts a practitioner from providing professional services after the conclusion of the practitioner's employment or dissolution of a partnership.  

    To read the updated legislation visit: 2023 House Bill 1185 - SD Legislature prohibit certain restrictions in employment contracts.

  • 02/08/2023 1:02 PM | Maggie Garry (Administrator)

    On January 26th, Senate Bill 154 was introduced in the South Dakota Legislature which would incentivize private employers to offer paid family leave by applying for a premium rebate.  The premium rebate amount would be based on the employer size.  The bill would also declare a state of emergency after the bill's approval.  

    Read the full bill at: 2023 Senate Bill 154 - SD Legislature incentivize a paid family leave incentive program, to make an appropriation therefor, and to declare an emergency.

  • 02/07/2023 3:48 PM | Maggie Garry (Administrator)

    On February 2nd, Biden called for support for time-off benefits and announced that he signed a memorandum laying out a national program of paid family and medical leave for employees on the 30th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Biden's administration supports paid family and medical leave program that will ensure workers have access to paid leave for the birth of a child, their own illness, a family member's illness, a loved one's deployment, death of a loved one and to recover from domestic violence.  The White House said it remains committed to working with states on opportunities to expand access to paid family and medical leave.  

    FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces New Actions to Support and Advance Women’s Economic Security | The White House

  • 02/06/2023 1:27 PM | Maggie Garry (Administrator)

    The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that they have redesigned the Permanent Resident Card (aka Green Card) to help improve security.  The changes are to help prevent document tampering, counterfeiting and fraud.  USCIS began issuing the redesigned cards on January 30, 2023.  

    View the USCIS press release at: USCIS Redesigns Green Card and Employment Authorization Document | USCIS

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