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