Employment Law Topics

‘Tis the Season: Tax Implications of Employee Gifts

Many business owners use the holiday season to express their gratitude to their employees with gifts.  Of course, cash gifts and monetary bonuses will always be taxable to an employee and fully deductible as a business expense to the employer, but there are other items which may not be taxable to an employee.

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COVID-19: Legalities of Reopening Businesses

After a few months, the governors of various states have relaxed their stay-at-home orders in the wake of perceived hopeful trends in the numbers of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths due to the coronavirus. In Arizona Governor Ducey’s order was rescinded effective May 16, 2020, and businesses have begun to reopen subject to certain guidelines. But the risk of infection still remains, and as businesses restart their operations they face several legal challenges.

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Age Discrimination On the Rise

A number of major U.S. companies, including IBM and IKEA, have been named in recent lawsuits claiming discrimination against older workers. The most recent lawsuit against IBM follows a ProPublica story published last March that exposed a companywide strategy aimed at “correcting seniority mix.” For Ikea, this is the fifth age discrimination lawsuit filed against the company in just over a year. Discrimination against “older workers” is clearly an increasing problem.

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