Correction: COVID Sick Leave Effective Date for Massachusetts

2021-06-10T06:28:29-04:00June 10th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

Last week we notified you about the new Massachusetts COVID sick leave law that we believed took effect on June 7 based on the text of the bill that was available on the state legislature’s website. At that time, the state [...]

Massachusetts Passes Paid COVID-19 Sick Leave

2021-06-07T17:51:29-04:00June 7th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

Starting June 7, employers are required to provide paid COVID-19 sick leave to employees who can’t work because of COVID. COVID sick leave is in addition to other leaves the employer provides, whether required by law or provided as part of [...]

Massachusetts Updates Premium Pay Under Blue Laws

2021-05-28T08:03:45-04:00May 28th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Labor News, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

Massachusetts has made several revisions to its “blue laws” that require most employers that are retailers to pay premium pay for work on certain holidays. First, the Commonwealth has designated Juneteenth Independence Day, June 19, as a legal holiday. [...]

Important Update: DOL Issues COBRA Subsidy Guidance and Model Notices

2021-04-13T09:26:12-04:00April 12th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

On April 7, 2021, the Department of Labor (DOL) published FAQs to further explain this COBRA subsidy and provided models of the required related notices. Notable Points from the FAQs Eligibility Based on Reduction in Hours.   The FAQs take an expansive view [...]

IMPORTANT: The American Rescue Plan Act Creates COBRA Subsidies and New Notice Requirements Starting April 1st

2021-04-05T12:23:50-04:00March 31st, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

As part of the recently enacted American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARP”), certain COBRA eligible individuals are eligible for temporary premium subsidies April 1 to September 30, 2021. These subsidies will cover 100 percent of the premium for [...]

Four Misunderstood Terms in the Americans with Disabilities Act

2021-03-09T07:50:32-05:00March 9th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits|

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to a lot of organizations—all public employers and any private employer with 15 or more employees. Nevertheless, there’s a lot of confusion about what the law requires and what its terms entail. [...]

U.S. Department of Labor Confirms Investment Advice Exemption

2021-02-17T10:22:47-05:00February 17th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Includes important retirement investor protections; additional guidance forthcoming WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration has confirmed that “Improving Investment Advice for Worker & Retirees,” an exemption for investment advice fiduciaries, will go into effect as scheduled [...]

Reminder OSHA Form 300a Must Be Posted by February 1

2021-01-28T11:42:44-05:00January 28th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News, Workers Compensation|

The OSHA Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (Form 300), Summary (Form 300A), and Instructions can be found in the Forms section of the HR Support Center by searching for OSHA Form 300. Click the link that says, “OSHA [...]

The Impact of COVID-19 on Paid Leave

2021-01-21T12:01:36-05:00January 21st, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

Paid time off (PTO) is one of the employee benefits that employees value most. The pandemic, however, upset many employees’ PTO plans due to travel restrictions and the cancellation of trips and family gatherings. It has also raised numerous [...]

Department of Labor Clarifies Pay for Travel Time in Work-from-Home Era

2021-01-19T09:01:55-05:00January 18th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

The U.S. Department of Labor issued an opinion letter addressing whether the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) continuous workday doctrine requires employers to pay employees for commute time when they complete part of their workday from home. An opinion [...]

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