Tax Breaks for the Military

IRS Summertime Tax Tip 2016-06, July 15, 2016

If you are in the U. S. Armed Forces, there are special tax breaks for you. For example, some types of pay are not taxable. Certain rules apply to deductions or credits that you may be able to claim that can lower your tax. In some cases, you may get more time to file your tax return. You may also get more time to pay your income tax. Click Here for some tips to keep in mind.

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Federal Student Loan Discharge Procedures Expand-Empire Justice Center

Advocates will recall that in 2012, the Department of Education amended its regulations governing discharge of federal student loans based on total and permanent disability.  See the December edition of the Disability Law News, http://www.empirejustice.org/issue-areas/disability-benefits/non-disability-issues/misc/federal-student-loan.html#.V3QEscv6vIU.  But not all disabled borrowers were aware of or able to take advantage these provisions. 

As part of the March 2015 Presidential Student Aid Bill of Rights Memorandum, President Obama required the Secretary of Education and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, in consultation with the Commissioner of Social Security, to develop a plan to identify federal student loan borrowers who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and determine which beneficiaries qualify for a total and permanent disability discharge of their student loans.  In April, the Department of Education announced it will begin contacting borrowers identified by this match to inform them of the loan cancellation process. 

Of the people the Department identified, over 100,000 of those borrowers have been certified for the Treasury Offset Program, meaning that they are at risk of losing federal tax refunds, and of  having a portion of their Social Security benefits taken.  While the new matching program is intended to help SSDI recipients apply for this relief, it will not automatically stop those offsets from occurring.  Borrowers still need to apply for relief.  A Department of Education website includes information on how to get a “total and permanent disability” discharge of federal student loan debt.  There is also an online application.  http://www.disabilitydischarge.com/Application-Process/. 

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Life of the Law

www.lifeofthelaw.org

“Law is alive,” the authors of Life of the Law

declare. “It doesn’t live in books and words. It

thrives on our streets, in our schools, in our

courtrooms, and in our lives.” Written and produced

by a team of journalists and scholars, Life of the

Law is a regular 30-minute podcast dedicated to

examining legal news and history in a manner that

enables everyone – not just trained legal scholars –

to understand the significance and nuances of these

developments. Recent episodes have covered the

impact of new French anti-terrorist policies on

French citizens, the history of forced-sterilization

laws and the question of modern-day reparations to

survivors, and an examination of the jury selection

process. On its website, users can browse through

past podcasts (currently there are 85) and either

listen online or download full PDF transcripts.

Interested listeners can subscribe to this podcast

on iTunes as well. 

Copyright © 2016 Internet Scout Research Group – http://scout.wisc.edu

Gretchen Carlson’s Lawsuit Against Roger Ailes

Gretchen Carlson‘s Lawsuit Against Roger Ailes

Ms. Carlson, the Fox anchor, says that Roger Ailes, the chairman of Fox News, fired her from the network after she refused his sexual advances.

Read the Complaint here.

Original Document (PDF) »

Contributed by: News Documents, The New York Times

Division of Human Rights Adopts Regulation Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Relationship or Association – New York Labor And Employment Law Report

By Alyssa Campbell on June 3, 2016

Posted in Employment Discrimination, New York Law

On May 18, the New York State Division of Human Rights adopted a new regulation prohibiting employment discrimination based on an individual’s relationship or association with a member of a protected category covered by the New York Human Rights Law.  The proposed rule was published in the State Register on March 9.  The agency did not receive any public comments regarding the proposed rule, and adopted the rule without making any changes.

According to the Division, the purpose of the new regulation is to confirm long-standing precedent supporting anti-discrimination protection for individuals based on their relationship or association with members of a protected class.  The new regulation applies to employment discrimination and all other types of discrimination protected under the New York Human Rights Law, including housing, public accommodations, access to educational institutions, and credit.  In order to prove a claim of employment discrimination in this context, an individual must prove that he or she was subjected to an adverse employment action based on the individual’s known relationship or association with a member of a protected class.

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Refugee Law and Policy In Selected Countries | beSpacific

Refugee Law and Policy In Selected Countries, The Library of Congress Global Legal Research Center. March 2016.

“This report describes the law and policy on refugees and other asylum seekers in twenty-two geographically dispersed countries and, at the supranational level, in the European Union (EU). The individual surveys cover such topics as participation in relevant international conventions; laws and regulations governing the admission of refugees and handling refugee claims; processes for handling refugees arriving at the border; procedures for evaluating whether an applicant is entitled to refugee status; the accommodations and assistance provided to refugees in the jurisdiction; requirements for naturalization; and whether asylum policy has been affected by international emergencies, such as the current refugee crisis in Europe. A bibliography of selected relevant English-language materials from recent years is included.”

Home Care – Paying Minimum Wage and Overtime to Home Care Workers: A Guide for Consumers and their Families to the FLSA – U.S. Department of Labor — Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

This guide is meant to help individuals, families, and households who use home care services determine their responsibilities under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the federal minimum wage and overtime law that applies to most home care workers.

The guide explains who must follow the FLSA rules, with examples of situations involving hiring a home care worker directly, using a home care agency, and arranging care through a self-directed program. It discusses paid providers who are family members of the consumer and who are live-in workers.

The guide also explains how to follow the FLSA rules, that is, what it means to pay minimum wage and overtime, track hours worked, and keep proper records.

Download the Guide in PDF here.

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