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Eye on Washington: Legislative Updates

Updated on July 29, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Underscores the Ongoing Duty to Monitor 401(k) Plan Investments

In Tibble v. Edison International, the U.S. Supreme Court was asked to decide whether a claim challenging a fiduciary’s decision to add certain investment options to a 401(k) plan’s investment lineup was barred by the statute of limitations under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended.


Rhode Island Legislation Codifies Status of Payroll Cards

Jul 23

On July 15, 2015, the State of Rhode Island enacted Public Law No. 2015-267 to make clear that payroll cards are a permissible means of wage payment.


Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 Significantly Increases Penalties for Failure to Properly File or Provide Affordable Care Act (ACA) Forms, Forms W-2 and 1099, and Other Information Returns

Jul 15

On June 29, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, Pub. L. No. 114-27 (the Trade Act).


The U.S. Supreme Court Rules That States Are Required to License a Marriage Between Same-Sex Couples and Recognize Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages

Jul 2

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court (the “Court”) released its decision in Obergefell v. Hodges regarding whether the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex, and recognize a same-sex marriage licensed and performed in a state which does grant that right.


FUTA Tax Increases Are Likely to Continue in 2015

May 8

The Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) tax rate is normally 0.6% of wages paid up to a limit of $7,000 per worker, or $42 per employee per year. However, employers in as many as five states and the U.S. Virgin Islands may pay an increased FUTA tax rate in January 2016, based on FUTA taxable wages paid in the affected jurisdictions during 2015.

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