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Rock, Meet Hard Place: Reflections from 2020 on Compliance Risks Surrounding Workplace Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives

“Daddy changed the world!” – Gianna Floyd, daughter of George Floyd

This year has been a study in contrasts in so many aspects of life, including with respect to diversity, equity and inclusion (“DEI”) initiatives within the workplace. By any measure, the community conversation surrounding racial…

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Part 1: 2020 Case Law Highlights for Employers in Indiana and Beyond

From the COVID-19 pandemic to the election, a lot has happened in 2020. For employers, staying up to date on developments has become a full-time job. To alleviate some of the burden with staying up to date, this article is one of a two-part series that highlights key employment law cases that may…

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The [Economic] Reality for Employers: The Department of Labor's Proposed New Rule for Determining Independent Contractor Status 

On September 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced a new proposed rule that could affect whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The proposed rule sets forth the “economic reality” test as the proper test for…

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IRS Confirms Payroll Tax Deferral Not Mandatory

In its monthly payroll industry teleconference held on September 3, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) confirmed that the payroll tax deferral of the employee portion of the FICA tax described in IRS Notice 2020-65 is not required. Employers may choose to exercise the deferral option but are…

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