The CBD Blog

Find peer advice, partner insights, and industry updates – all here in the CBD blog, ‘At The Helm’! With contributions from our entire team, we blog about the things that interest you.

Dealing with Child Support Withholding Orders

If you handle payroll or human resources long enough, chances are you’ll encounter an income withholding order for delinquent child support. Perhaps you’re already familiar with the process. If not, you’ll need some guidance on how to address the issue and what your reporting requirements are. Here’s a quick briefing.

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Balance Your Right to Monitor Communications with EmployeesÂ’ Privacy Rights

Employers try to respect their employees’ privacy rights but they also don’t want to be taken advantage of or risk losing sensitive data. That’s why a growing number of companies are implementing policies to monitor employees’ communications at work, including their emails and Internet activity on company-owned computers. Here are some ideas to help you implement a policy that’s fair but effective.

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Revenue Recognition: Private Companies Prepare for New Rules

At this time of year, many companies are concerned about tax-saving strategies. But there’s more to consider this year end. New accounting rules for recognizing revenue go into effect in 2019 for private companies. Be aware, however, that updating your systems and personnel will likely take more time and effort than you expect.

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DOL Pitches Auto-Portability Program to Preserve Retirement Savings

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is seeking comments on a proposed “auto-portability” program. Under the proposal, an employee’s 401(k) savings would be moved to an IRA if employment (or the plan) is terminated. Those funds would then automatically transfer to a new employer’s 401(k) plan when the employee finds a new job. Here are the details.

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Overview of Real Estate Depreciation Changes

Real estate investors have reason to celebrate in the upcoming tax season: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act significantly expanded the first-year tax breaks for bonus depreciation and Section 179 deductions. But Congress may need to fix one intended change before it can benefit investors. And there are some pitfalls to consider before taking advantage of first-year depreciation breaks for real estate.

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Disability Discrimination Claims May Be Teachable Moments

There’s a law that’s far from new. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been on the books for decades, since 1990. Yet the primary federal agency that enforces the ADA never seems to run out of alleged violations of this law to pursue. A pair of recent cases illuminate key features of the ADA that may benefit employers that have grown a little foggy on just what it requires.

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Estate Tax Planning Tips for Single People

Estate planning tips are often geared toward married couples. Although many of the same principles apply to single people, singles may need to give their estate plans extra attention to maximize how much they can transfer to loved ones tax-free during their lifetimes and beyond. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act expands those opportunities through 2025.

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