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Laurie Savage

Laurie Savage is Senior Compliance professional, leading robust legislative research efforts analyzing intricate policy, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA), paid leave, tax reform and recently, legislation responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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[Update]: Tax Credits for Paid Leave Extended by the American Rescue Plan Act

The American Rescue Plan Act expanded and extended the opportunity for employers to claim tax credits for paid leave under the framework of the expired Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

U.S. Supreme Court Dismisses Affordable Care Act Case; ACA Remains in Effect, Along with ESR Provision

The U.S. Supreme Court in California v. Texas held that the plaintiffs do not have standing to challenge the constitutionality of the Affordable care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate and the validity of the entire law. The ruling dismissed the lower court’s ruling and the entire case. The ACA continues to be the law of the land.

U.S. Department of Labor Temporary Rule Addresses Court Decision on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The FFCRA dedicates tens of billions of dollars for paid sick and family leave, unemployment insurance, free COVID-19 testing, and other measures to help Americans impacted by the pandemic. A recent court decision in New York invalidated some provisions, but the U.S. Department of Labor responded with a Temporary Rule to offer additional guidance.

Tax Reform Bill Passes in the Senate; Considerable Amendments Made to Secure Support

The Senate passed its tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, following an early morning vote Dec. 2. Get details on the significant amendments made to the bill, and next steps for Congress.

TIGTA Report on IRS Processes to Identify Businesses Subject to Employer Shared Responsibility Payments

Following findings from a recent audit report, employers should expect the IRS to ramp up efforts to attain data and tighten processes around ESR penalties. Read on to learn more about the findings in this report and what they could mean for your business.

Treasury Issues Guidance on Payroll Tax Deferral Executive Memorandum

President Trump signed three memoranda and one executive order aimed at providing Americans expanded financial relief during the COVID-19 pandemic after Congress failed to reach an agreement on a stimulus bill. The Treasury provided guidance Aug. 28 for the payroll tax deferral.

Debate on Senate Health Care Bill Impacted by CBO's Findings

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its analysis of the Senate's legislation to repeal and replace various provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Read on to learn what the CBO found as part of its score.

Final Rule Extends Usage Period for Short-Term, Limited-Duration Health Plans

Employers may feel a significant indirect impact from the final rule on short-term, limited-duration health plans, as it could affect employees' healthcare needs and health insurance markets nationwide.

DOL Proposal Seeks to Expand Association Health Plans

On Jan. 4, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed regulations that would expand access to health coverage by allowing more employers to form association health plans (AHPs).

Businesses Have Until 2024 to Claim the Employee Retention Tax Credit Retroactively

Businesses can no longer pay wages to claim the Employee Retention Tax Credit, but they have until 2024 to do a look back on their payroll during the pandemic and retroactively claim the credit by filing an amended tax return.

Health Benefits Implications of Reduction of Hours, Furloughs, and Layoffs Created by Coronavirus Pandemic

As businesses continue evaluating staffing needs in response to the COVID-19 disruptions, one of the potential unintended consequence of reducing working hours or furloughing employees is the impact on health benefits.

2020 W-4 Changes and How to Fill Out the New Form

The 2020 Form W-4 has undergone significant changes to more closely align the withholding to the changes in the tax law. Here is a step-by-step process detailing how to fill out the new form properly.

Washington State Mandates Paid Family and Medical Leave for Almost All Businesses

The state of Washington has begun administering a Paid Family and Medical Leave program, leaving employers with new requirements, as well as potential questions about how to remain compliant.

Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Program Begins Providing Benefits Jan. 1, 2021

After an initial delay for implementation, the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave program will begin providing benefits Jan. 1, 2021.

Expect Tighter Enforcement of ACA Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions in 2022 after IRS Discontinues Good-Faith Transition Relief

Employers should be prepared for what to expect from the IRS if they did not meet the requirements under the Employer Shared Responsibility provision of the Affordable Care Act.

Massachusetts “Grand Bargain” Includes New PFML Law, but Program Implementation Might be Delayed

Massachusetts passed legislation to provide paid family and medical leave, and to make changes to the state wage and hour provisions. The law went in to effect Jan. 1, 2019.

IRS Proposes Regulations on New Tax Deduction for Some Qualified Business Profits

The IRS has issued proposed regulations on the new tax deduction for certain qualified business profits on entities other than C-corporations. The change was contained in the federal tax overhaul passed late last year.

IRS Guidance Limits State SALT Workaround

Last year's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affects individuals in high-tax states who itemize deductions, limiting the SALT deduction. Get more details in this article.

Paid Family Medical Leave Act Tax Credit Extended to Employers through 2025

The tax credit employers can claim - up to 25 percent of what they pay workers under the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act - has been extended through 2025.

New Jersey Becomes Second State to Enact its Own Individual Mandate

Uncertainty about federal changes to the Affordable Care Act has spurred state-level efforts to structure and stabilize their health care markets. New Jersey is the latest, with the recent passage of its individual mandate requirement. Read on for important details.

ACA Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019 Make Slight Modifications to ACA Rules

A recent Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2019 modifies rules related to the Affordable Care Act, and further shifts decisions back to the states. This article explains in detail how such developments may impact employees' demand for access to employer-sponsored health benefits.

New Inflation-adjusted Amounts Result from Tax Reform

In compliance with the recent tax code overhaul, the IRS has set a new revenue procedure that adjusts inflation amounts in the 2018 tax year. Here's a glimpse of what's changed.

(Update) Provisions in Spending Bill Impact Health Care and the Affordable Care Act

On Dec. 19 and 20, 2019, Congress passed and the president signed into law, respectively, a spending bill that included several provisions related to health care and/or the Affordable Care Act.

(Update) What Employers Should Know about the Paid Family and Medical Leave Tax Credit

Although questions remain about the paid family and medical leave tax credit that's been made available as part of tax reform, the details we do know can be complex. Here's a brief explanation.

Congress Approves Tax Reform Bill; Changes for Employers and Individuals Coming in 2018

The Senate and House have passed the tax reform bill, and the president has signed it into law. Get details on how the changes impact businesses and individuals in 2018 and beyond.

Senate Tax Reform Plan Diverges from House Proposal

The Senate and House have now both released proposed bills for revising the federal tax code. Learn how the two versions are different, and what lies ahead for tax reform legislation.

Washington, D.C. Implements Paid Family Leave Requirements for Most Employers

With the implementation of the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act, most businesses with employees working in Washington, D.C., must begin meeting requirements under the law, starting with making premium contributions by the July 31, 2019, deadline before penalties kick in.