Don't HR Alone #22 - Louisiana Payroll, Benefits Raises, Salary History, and AHCA Updates

Louisiana DOR authorized to require electronic tax return filings, payments — LOUISIANA — Withholding and Reporting

Effective June 12, 2017, the Louisiana Department of Revenue (DOR) is authorized to require the filing of electronic tax returns and the payment of taxes by electronic funds transfer, except for individual income tax reports or filings. Also, in cases where the taxpayer can prove the payment by electronic funds transfer would create an undue hardship, the DOR must exempt the taxpayer from paying by electronic funds transfer. (Act 150 (H.B. 333), Laws 2017, effective as noted.)

One-third of companies increase employee benefits in war for talent, SHRM survey finds — SURVEY RESULTS

Nearly one-third of organizations increased their overall benefits in the last 12 months signaling the need to remain competitive in today’s recruiting environment, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM’s) 2017 Employee Benefits survey report released June 19. Increases in benefits packages were most likely in health (22 percent) and wellness (24 percent) offerings.

“Recruiting difficulty has continued to increase over the last five years, and competition for talent is high,” said Shonna Waters, vice president of research for SHRM. “Most companies are now using benefits as a strategic tool for recruiting and retaining talent in this competitive environment.”

Offering health care to employee spouses and domestic partners is one way that employers are strategically using health care benefits in recruiting. In 2014, 71 percent of companies offered opposite-sex spouses health care coverage, while only 46 percent offered it to same-sex spouses. That gap closed to just 10 percentage points in 2017. Ninety-five percent of employees now offer health care coverage to opposite-sex spouses, while 85 percent offer it to same-sex spouses. Although to control health care costs, 19 percent of employers have restrictions or a surcharge for coverage for opposite-sex spouses, and 16 percent have restrictions for coverage for same-sex spouses.

Additionally, about one-third of co