March 2016 Newsletter
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From the President
   This month our focus is on employment and employee related issues. I was especially intrigued with the article by Peter Vajda on the issue of vacations and how modern technology has blurred the line between work and personal time. Peter makes a good argument for why we all need to seriously guard our personal time and the value of a balanced life.
   The article on common workplace violations by employers is also worth noting, if only because it has become such an important focal point with federal and state regulator who continue to field complaints from employees who believe their employer is not treating them fairly under the law.
    As always, if we at CMA can be of service to your organization on issues of employment or business operations please don't hesitate to contact us. We exist because of you and serve to be a blessing to you and your ministry.
Yours in His Service,

Steve Boersma
We All Need Proper Vacations
by Peter G. Vajda, Ph.D, C.P.C.
   A few years ago, New York University sociologist Dalton Conley coined the term: "weisure" - the result of blurring the line dividing work and leisure. More and more, it seems, our work is spilling over into our leisure time. It appears that places and activities usually regarded as "fun only" are now work-play ambiguous. No surprise here!
   Thanks to our smartphones, many of us are now chained to business colleagues while at home or hanging out with our families in the evening. We spend hours chatting on Facebook. And, of course, there are other electronic leashes to keep us connected when we're supposed to be "on vacation." (read more)

IRS Revises Official Position
          on  Church Audits
The IRS has revised their position on how the Church Audit Protection Act applies to any sort of audit the IRS might want to undertake of a local church, or church denominational organization. Up to this point, their official position has been that the Act was applicable only to income tax matters. However, in a recent internal memorandum the IRS issued "corrected" guidance. The memorandum specifies that Internal Revenue Code Section 7611 also applies to church employment tax inquiries and examinations. This means that the Church Audit Protection Act now covers payroll tax issues, something which had not previously been the case. ( read more)
California Annual Business
Property Tax Returns
571-L, Business Property Statements
   When the IRS increased the expensing threshold for capital equipment from $500 to $2,500, many organization likely took advantage of this and began to expense larger amounts of equipment and other assets rather than to go through all the work of adding the items to their fixed asset and depreciation schedules.
    However, if you are an organization that is doing business in California you will want to make note of a proposed Letter to Assessors, soon to be issued by the State Board of Equalization, in which they make it clear that the State's Revenue and Taxation Code (R&TC) Sec. 441 does not conform to that IRS treatment. (read more)
Employment Law
5 Workplace Laws Your Employer
Might Be Violating

Here are five of the most common ways employers often violate labor laws - with some of them being so common that many employers and employees may not even realize a violation is occurring. Take a look and see if you spot anything here that your organization should be doing differently to protect itself from potential problems.
  1. Telling employees that they can't discuss their salary with co-workers.
The National Labor Relations Act says that employers cannot prevent most employees from discussing wages among themselves. The reason for that is that employees can't effectively protect themselves, organize or unionize if they're not permitted to discuss wages or uncover potential inequities. ( read more)