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Safety Tips: Forklift Operation and Best Practices

2021-01-14T19:13:09-05:00January 14th, 2021|Safety Tips, Workers Compensation|

Powered industrial trucks, commonly called forklifts or lift trucks, are used in many industries, primarily to move materials. They can also be used to raise, lower, or remove large objects or a number of smaller objects on pallets or [...]

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Final Rule to Clarify Independent Contractor Status Under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

2021-01-11T12:27:36-05:00January 11th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

(VIA U.S. DOL) The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule clarifying the standard for employee versus independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). “This rule brings long-needed clarity for American workers and employers,” [...]

SBA Extends EIDL Loan Application Deadline Through End of 2021

2021-01-11T12:06:56-05:00January 8th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Legislative News, SBA Stimulus Programs|

The Small Business Administration (SBA)has announced the extension of the deadline for businesses to apply for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program to December 31, 2021. The new deadline extension for the second round of EIDL funding comes after the [...]

OSHA Announces Deadline for 2020 Workplace Injury Data (Form 300A) Submission

2021-01-11T11:43:48-05:00January 8th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Labor News, Legislative News, Safety Tips, Workers Compensation|

OSHA is reminding employers to submit the 2020 Form 300A data electronically by March 2. The agency began collecting data for the calendar year on January 2. Establishments that have 250 or more employees and are required to keep [...]

IRS Acknowledges Congressional Reversal on Deducting Eligible PPP Expenses

2021-01-07T18:14:20-05:00January 6th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Legislative News, Paycheck Protection Program|

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service will allow businesses that got their Paycheck Protection Program loans forgiven to write off expenses paid for with that money, shifting policy after Congress passed new legislation last month. IRS guidance issued on Wednesday overrides [...]

Connecticut Legislative Update: What You Need to Know About the New Paid Family Medical Leave Act (PFMLA)

2021-01-07T18:09:55-05:00January 6th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Connecticut News, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

On January 1, 2021, a significant change in employment law for Connecticut employers of all sizes took effect.  Connecticut has joined many other states in creating a Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) that is very different than [...]

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker Signs New Health Care Law Safeguarding Telehealth Coverage

2021-01-05T12:05:20-05:00January 4th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has signed into law a telehealth bill that mandates permanent payment parity for telehealth services and established parity for primary care and chronic care management for the next two years. After signing the bill on [...]

Colorado Labor Law Updates: Changes For Employers and Workers in 2021

2021-01-05T12:10:41-05:00January 4th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Colorado News, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

Colorado employers have had a lot on their plate in 2020, including shifting to remote work arrangements, ensuring a safe workplace, and juggling furloughs and layoffs. As 2021 kicks off, they will have to implement several new labor law [...]

Massachusetts Labor Update: Increased Minimum Wage, Paid Family Medical Leave Program Take Effect in Massachusetts

2021-01-04T10:54:58-05:00January 4th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

On January 1, 2021, a new minimum wage and a new paid family and medical leave program took effect in Massachusetts. Both changes are the result of laws passed in 2018. “As residents across our state continue to struggle [...]

Legislative Update: Highlights of the New Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

2020-12-31T17:30:29-05:00December 29th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News, Paycheck Protection Program, SBA Stimulus Programs|

President Donald Trump has signed into law a new $900 billion coronavirus relief and stimulus package. Among its provisions: An extension of last spring’s Paycheck Protection Program, allowing another $284 billion or so in forgivable, federally backed loans for [...]

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