Entertainment Partners distributes this newsletter to provide updates on payroll issues affecting our clients in the entertainment industry.
In this Issue:
On February 10, 2014, the U.S. Treasury Department and IRS issued the final regulations implementing the employer-shared responsibilities (Employer Mandate) under the ACA. Click for details.
Portland, OR Sick Time Ordinance
Effective January 1, 2014, any employer with six or more employees (regardless of where they work) who has at least one employee working within the Portland city limits must provide sick time leave to covered employees.
The ordinance requires employers to establish and disseminate a written policy regarding sick leave. Employers must also post a poster in a conspicuous location at the work site. In addition, each qualifying employee is to receive a quarterly notice of the accrued sick time available to use.
For more information, please visit the Portland Protected Sick Time Ordinance website.
2013 W-2 Information
Please refer your employees to the various contact methods below to request copies of their W-2’s or for questions or issues.
W-2 Automated Line: 800.417.0037
P.O. Box 7836
Burbank, CA 91510-7836
EP Cares™ Health Insurance
Ready to offer an Affordable Care Act compliant insurance program for your non-union production workers? We’ve got you covered!
EP Cares™ is an ACA-compliant insurance program created to meet the needs of the entertainment industry. EP has partnered with Anthem Blue Cross and Lockton Companies to provide EP Cares™, offering medical, dental, vision, and life insurance products specifically designed for the entertainment industry’s non-union workers. The medical programs are ACA-compliant and are designed to offer quality options at low cost to production workers across the country.
Production companies can subscribe now by contacting us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 855.339.7350.
North Carolina W-4 Guidelines
The North Carolina General Assembly recently enacted House Bill 998 which became effective January 1, 2014. Under this new law, taxpayers may no longer claim a personal exemption for themselves, their spouse, children, or any other qualifying dependents.
As a result of this Act, every employer must have all resident and nonresident employees provide a new Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate, either Form NC-4 EZ or Form NC-4. The new form must be completed by the employee and provided to the employer so the correct amount of state income tax is withheld for any payment periods beginning on or after January 1, 2014.
If an employee fails to provide Entertainment Partners with the applicable updated form(s), EP is required to withhold North Carolina tax based on “Single” with no allowances.