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Category Archives: Business Law

“The Most Dangerous Phishing Scam” Is Causing Organizations to Lose Billions

By Simms Showers LLP |

By Kyle Winey, Esq. and Robert Showers, Esq. “This is one of the most dangerous email phishing scams we’ve seen in a long time,” says IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, referring to the latest surge of W-2 phishing attacks. Unfortunately, according to the IRS, it is impacting churches, nonprofits and for-profits alike as well as… Read More »

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Legal Alert: Small Business Healthcare Relief Act

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Last year, we informed our readers and clients that small employers and churches that engaged in the popular practice of offering reimbursements for healthcare costs would face a steep penalty for doing so.  These are employers that fall below the large employer threshold of 50 employees and therefore are not required to offer health… Read More »

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Immigration Changes for Nonprofits and Churches

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  1. Form I-9 Changes in January 2017 Recently the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new version of its Form I-9, the Employment Eligibility Verification form and required U.S. employers to begin using the new Form I-9 by January 22, 2017.  Currently, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement conduct thousands of I-9… Read More »

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Nonprofit and Church Alert: Court Stalls New FLSA Rule

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On November 22, 2016, a federal court enjoined the new FLSA salary rule that was scheduled to take effect December 1, 2016. That start date is postponed indefinitely pending further action of the Courts, Executive branch or Congress or all three. Judge Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas granted an Emergency Motion for… Read More »

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New Fair Labor Standards Act Changes to Take Effect December 1, 2016

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The Department of Labor recently issued significant and sweeping salary threshold changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) through its Final Rule, published on May 18, 2016.  The Rule is set to go into effect on December 1, 2016.  These changes are the result of a Presidential Memorandum issued by President Obama in… Read More »

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“Top Ten Legal Hotspots” for Lawyers Serving on Boards for Churches and Non-Profits

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If you are “THE lawyer” on a church or non-profit Board of Directors, then you’re familiar with the unwarranted expectation that, despite your actual area of legal expertise, all potential legal liabilities are now covered by your presence. However, you also know that this is tantamount to expecting that a talented orthopedic surgeon can… Read More »

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Radical Changes Coming to Salary & Overtime Regulations in 2016

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By July 2016, the Department of Labor is slated to release new regulations that will raise the minimum salary requirement for exempt employees.  Currently, in order to be exempt from the overtime requirements of the FLSA, an employee must earn a minimum salary of $23,660 and have specific job responsibilities.  Under the proposed rules,… Read More »

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Excise Tax Goes Into Effect for Small Employers on June 30, 2015

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It was common practice for small churches and nonprofits to allow their employees to purchase insurance on their own, then seek reimbursement for the cost of the premiums from the church or nonprofit. This arrangement had been considered a non-taxable fringe benefit for many years and was a favorable arrangement for all the parties… Read More »

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Going Deeper: Does FLSA Apply to My Church or Nonprofit?

By Simms Showers LLP |

Generally, all employers are subject to the minimum wage requirements and overtime pay requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) if they meet interstate commerce requirements either corporately or individually.  Thankfully, non-profits and churches enjoy some special exemptions under FLSA, some of which may help exempt many churches and religious nonprofits. There is… Read More »

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Common Pitfalls to Avoid in Hiring and Firing

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In our tight economy, hearing “You got the job!” may be one of the most thrilling moments a person can have, while hearing “You’re fired!” may consequently be one of the scariest moments. As an employer, you hold in your hand the fate of your employees and the fate of dozens of well-qualified potential… Read More »

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