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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 [...]

Maximize the Benefits of Your Health Savings Account (HSA)

2020-12-10T12:50:17-05:00December 10th, 2020|Employee Benefits, Health Savings Accounts|

Many people who opt into Consumer Driven Health Plans (CDHP) don't make the most of the potential advantages of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), and leave a lot of money on the table for themselves. Open enrollment for 2021 is [...]

Holiday Stress: Some Tips for Coping and Staying Positive

2020-12-31T17:32:10-05:00December 1st, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Wellness|

The Mayo Clinic recently published some thoughts on preventing holiday stress and depression, and we are glad to share this piece with you. The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests — stress and depression. And it's no wonder. The [...]

Five Great Benefits of Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)

2020-11-23T21:30:10-05:00November 23rd, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Employee Benefits|

Much of the automotive, roads, and fuel industry has been deemed "essential" in 2020. Many of these essential workers have experienced high levels of stress and uncertainty, as well as put their health at risk by going to work.  [...]

Massachusetts Passes Its ‘Right to Repair’ Initiative

2020-11-23T21:28:33-05:00November 5th, 2020|Automotive Industry News, Massachusetts News|

The yes vote has it on Question 1. The ballot measure to expand access to data on vehicular performance passed. “The thousands of ‘Yes on 1’ signs in front of small businesses around the state tell the story ---automakers [...]

ALERT: Scammers Could Be Using Your Information to Fraudulently Claim Unemployment Benefits

2020-10-27T16:13:27-04:00October 26th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Labor News|

The following is from the Federal Trade Commission on the rising unemployment scams and fraud: In a large-scale scam erupting in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, imposters are filing claims for unemployment benefits, using the names and personal [...]

SBA Issues New FAQs for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness

2020-10-26T17:10:29-04:00October 26th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Legislative News, Paycheck Protection Program, SBA Stimulus Programs|

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released guidance Tuesday confirming that Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness applications are not due on Oct. 31. Fears of a late-October PPP surprise came to the SBA’s attention because the program’s loan [...]

IRS Provides ACA Reporting Relief for 2020

2020-11-23T21:22:54-05:00October 14th, 2020|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

The IRS released very important guidance concerning employers’ obligations under the Affordable Care Act. Notice 2020-76, released October 2, 2020, addresses a broad array of topics under the ACA compliance umbrella. This post addresses two issues of critical concern [...]

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