Steven A. Pletcher
Mr. Pletcher directs the firm’s employment tax controversy and employee benefits sections, as well as alternative workforce strategies section, which offers counsel to professional employer organizations and advice on driver leasing.
Steven A. Pletcher, a partner in the firm, serves as its principal advisor on alternative workforce strategies practice for motor carriers and non-motor carriers alike. He also counsels clients on tax controversy focusing on federal and state employment and unemployment tax matters. He leads the Firm's employee benefits practice including issues related to ERISA, the Multiemployer Pension Plan Act, and various state laws. He is a frequent speaker at conferences sponsored by the American Trucking Associations, various state trucking associations, the Customized Logistics and Delivery Association (CLDA), and the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) and has authored numerous articles on the professional employer organizations industry.
On The Road
- Case Law Update
May 23, 2019, Steven A. Pletcher, NAPEO's PEO Capitol Summit - Washington, D.C.
- Owner-Operator Business Model Update
Mar 16, 2017, Steven A. Pletcher, Scopelitis Webinar Series
- Transportation Brief: Spotlight on Taxation Practice - Federal Employment Tax IC Classification PortfolioFederal employment tax audits remain an active battlefront for transportation companies that engage independent contractors. The ripple effects of such audits may be significant, particularly given the IRS’s information-sharing initiative with the U.S. DOL and state unemployment tax agencies.
- Law Alert: Unemployment Tax IC Status Decision Q.D.-A., Inc. v. Indiana Dept. of Workforce DevelopmentThe Indiana Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Q.D.-A., Inc. v. Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Read insight from Scopelitis attorneys.
- Transportation Brief: Per Diem Plan – Is Now the Time?Establishing a per diem program is not overly complicated, but motor carriers should be mindful when implementing a per diem plan to ensure compliance with the IRS “accountable plan” rules. Read more from our attorneys.
- Law Alert: NJ Unemployment Tax Owner-Operator Exemption GuttedRead Scopelitis' take on the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development notice that it had adopted substantial changes to the regulations interpreting what constitutes necessary evidence under New Jersey’s unemployment tax independent contractor exemptions applicable to a wide range of industries -NJ Stat. Ann. S 43:21-19(i)(7).
- Transportation Brief: My Driver Filed an Unemployment Claim Where? Jurisdiction as a Defense to State Unemployment Claims and Worker Misclassification ChallengesDetermining where to report unemployment tax is not only important for employee fleets, but it is also an important potential tool for defending state unemployment tax worker misclassification challenges. Read more here.
- Transportation Brief: Spotlight on Unemployment Tax PracticeState unemployment tax remains one of many misclassification battlefronts for motor carriers and other transportation companies utilizing equipment or services provided by independent contractors (IC). Members of Scopelitis' Unemployment Tax team offers a unique set of experiences and thought leadership regarding these matters. Read more here.
- Transportation Brief: The Tax Law and Motor-Carrier-Sponsored Per Diem PlansWhile the Act did not change the motor carrier’s side of the balance sheet when it comes to properly structured per diem plans, motor carriers must ensure their per diem plans are carefully structured. Read Scopelitis' insight here.
- Transportation Brief: The New Tax Law OverviewThe Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the Act) resulted in the most sweeping tax overhaul in decades. This offers overview of the changes in the Act that may have the most significant impact upon the transportation industry. Read Scopelitis' more here.
- Law Alert: Impact of New Tax Bill on Motor CarriersRead Scopelitis' take on the impact of new tax bill on motor carriers
- PEO Insider
Limiting PEO Liability: The Contractual Shield
- PEO Insider
Wrongful Terminations - The Top Five Errors an Employer Can Make
- PEO Insider
Association Plans: Salve or Salt for Group Health Wounds?
- PEO Insider
A Jigsaw Puzzle for Multi-State PEOs