5th Executive Order of 2014 Applies to Federal Contractor Employers
For the fifth time in seven months, President Obama issued a new Executive Order that applies to federal contractor employers with new federal procurement contracts valued at more than $500,000. The Executive Order, entitled “Fair Play and Safe Workplaces,” is expected to be implemented on new contracts, in stages, and on a prioritized basis, sometime during 2016. The Department of Labor estimates that there are...
EEOC Says Accommodations Required for Pregnant Employees
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued its first new guidance on pregnancy discrimination since 1983. On July 14, 2014, the EEOC added provisions explaining when the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) might require reasonable accommodations for workers with pregnancy-related “disabilities” or work restrictions, such as, for example, morning sickness or high blood pressure. No Federal Court...
New Executive Order Requires Federal Contractors to Protect LGBT Workers
President Barack Obama has signed an Executive Order prohibiting workplace discrimination against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (“LGBT”) community. Federal contractors are now prohibited from discriminating against workers and job applicants based on sexual orientation and gender identity, under an Executive Order that President Barack Obama signed July 21, 2014. The order will bring new requirements for federal contractor employers to follow...
IRS Ruling Includes Estate Tax Exemption Portability Relief
ScottHulse Issues Guide to Ruling Which Includes Retroactive Benefits for Some Widows and Widowers On January 27, 2014 the IRS announced a simplified procedure to provide retroactive tax relief to certain individuals whose spouses died after December 31, 2010 and before January 1, 2014. ScottHulse PC would like to make you aware of a window of opportunity for widows and widowers to take advantage...
Mexico Tax Reform: Implications for the Maquiladora Manufacturing Industry
In October 2013, the Congress of Mexico passed and approved a package of laws that amend and repeal some existing tax laws and also create new tax laws that will take effect in 2014 (“Tax Reform”). Some of the laws are yet to be published in the official gazette, but most of those laws will become effective January 1, 2014. Even though the Tax Reform...