NYC Employment Law — Pre-tax Transit Benefits
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 Stephen Hans Blog
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As employers, sometimes it is difficult to keep with the employment law changes, which is why you should consult periodically with an employment defense lawyer and stay apprised of new laws.

At the end of October 2014, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the Affordable Transit Act  into law. Under the new law, NYC companies with 20 or more full-time employees must offer their employees pre-tax transit benefits. The new act follows the limits already established by the IRS , which allows a $130 pre-tax benefit that can be deducted from salaries for mass transit expenses. Advantages the new law offer for employers and employees are:

  • Employees can opt into the new program and save over $400 a year on Metro Card expenses
  • Employers save more than $100 a year per employee in tax liability
  • An estimated 450,000 New Yorkers not currently offered pre-tax transit benefits now have access to them

The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2016. Employers violating the law are subject to civil penalties but have 90 days to correct a violation before having the penalty imposed. Also businesses have a grace period until July 1, 2016 to adjust to the law and are not subject to penalties occurring prior to that date.

The intent of the new law is to make mass transit more affordable for New Yorkers, and it is also an initiative aligned with deal with climate changes.

Stay on top of legal changes by consulting with skilled lawyers. Our employment defense attorneys at Stephen Hans & Associates offer employers decades of legal experience that helps protect their rights along with their bottom lines.

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Head Coach Ben Chobhaphand and assistant coach  
Anthony Dulin with Charles Williams.
Head Coach Ben Chobhaphand and assistant coach Anthony Dulin with Charles Williams.
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St. John's women still undefeated
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The Red Storm shot a season-best 54.5 percent from the floor and saw eight different players score on Sunday afternoon, as St. John’s improved to 9-0 with a 66-42 win at home over NJIT. “Obviously I’m happy that we were able to come away with the win today against an improved program in NJIT,” said head coach Joe Tartamella. “Now we move forward and get ready for our weekend tournament coming up on Saturday and Sunday, which is going to be a great test for everybody involved.” Aliyyah Handford scored a game-high 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting in a contest that saw no St. John’s starter play more than 28 minutes. Danaejah Grant was the second of three Red Storm players in double figures with 14, while Jade Walker finished the game with 11 points. Amber Thompson paced the Red Storm with seven rebounds in just 19 minutes of action. Sunday marked the first time this season that the senior forward, who ranked in the top-five nationally in rebounding coming into the game, recorded fewer than 10 boards in any contest this season. The Red Storm received 20 points from its bench against the Highlanders, a season-high. Kyra Dunn led the St. John’s reserves with seven points, while Imani Littleton added six and Tonoia Wade chipped in five. Selina Archer also added two points for St. John’s. Sunday marked the 50th career win for Tartamella, who became the second-fastest coach in program history behind Vickie Kresse to reach the mark. The Red Storm will enjoy the next five days off to focus on final exams, taking the floor for the opening game of the St. John’s Chartwell’s Holiday Classic against Auburn on December 20 at noon.
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Red Hawks center lands scholarship to Div II school
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Head Coach Ben Chobhaphand and assistant coach  
Anthony Dulin with Charles Williams.
Head Coach Ben Chobhaphand and assistant coach Anthony Dulin with Charles Williams.
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LaGuardia Red Hawks center Charles Williams has made school history, becoming the first LaGuardia Community College basketball player to sign an athletic scholarship to attend a four-year college. The 6’9”, 270-pound shot-blocking center will play for Division II Dominican College in Orangeburg, New York next fall. “Charles was and is great as a Red Hawk,” said Coach Ben Chobhaphand. Williams’ scholarship also marks the fulfillment of a promise Chobhaphand made when he recruited the Astoria resident and former William Cullen Bryant High School standout to play at LaGuardia. “Coach said if I came here and played for him I would get into a great school,” Williams said. “I just felt that, with my coaching and his ability, we could help him become a scholarship player,” Chobhaphand said. “His physical size, his coordination and athletic ability for someone his size, I knew we could get him a scholarship.” “As far as the coaching staff, it’s one of the best you could ever ask for,” Williams said. “They’re the best in Queens. Every one of us (players) is going to graduate. We’re not just here to play basketball.” Chobhaphand said he knew of Williams abilities, having coached against him when Williams as at Bryan and he was coaching at Forest Hills High School. “There are not a lot of 6’9” tall, 270-pound gentlemen out there, so he was easy to remember,” Chobhaphand said. “He’s the same size as Lebron James.” Chobhaphand said Williams was one of the first players he recruited after being named LaGuardia coach last year. Williams said he wanted to play for Chobhaphand, whose coaching has produced several professional basketball players, including former Forest Hills High School and St. John’s University standout Maurice Harkless, now of the Orlando Magic. Williams said he will miss LaGuardia’s fans, who have been very supportive of the two-year-old team. “LaGuardia fans, they surprised me,” Williams said. “I did not think we would have so much support, but we have a lot of great fans at LaGuardia. I’m definitely going to miss them.”
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