IMPORTANT UPDATE: Uncertain Fate of OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard

2021-12-02T16:56:39-05:00December 2nd, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News|

On November 5, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) ( 29 C.F.R. Part 1910.501), stemming from President Biden’s strategic plan, Path Out of the Pandemic. This ETS will require private employers [...]

Appeals Court Halts COVID Vaccine Mandate for Larger Businesses

2021-11-08T10:24:42-05:00November 8th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News|

A federal appeals court on Saturday temporarily halted the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine requirement for businesses with 100 or more workers. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted an emergency stay of the requirement by the federal Occupational Safety and [...]

Connecticut Legislative Alert: Connecticut Expands Family and Medical Leave

2021-11-05T15:48:07-04:00November 3rd, 2021|Benefits Administration, Connecticut News, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Starting January 1, 2022, the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act (CT FMLA) will apply to all employers, requiring them to provide unpaid, job-protected leave to employees. Several other expansions of the law will also take effect at the [...]

CMS: Employer Plans Can’t Deny Benefits to the Unvaccinated, But Can Offer Premium Discounts

2021-10-05T09:46:10-04:00October 5th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Employer group health plans cannot deny benefits to customers who have not gotten the COVID-19 vaccine but can offer premium discounts to customers who decide to get the shot, new guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [...]

Massachusetts COVID-19 Emergency Paid Sick Leave Extended To April 1, 2022

2021-10-04T16:34:17-04:00October 4th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

Massachusetts has updated its COVID sick leave law to extend the deadline and expand the reasons for leave. As before, the law applies to all employers and entitles employees to paid leave when they can’t work for certain COVID-related [...]

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

2021-10-04T16:23:09-04:00October 4th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Labor News|

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Declared in 1988 by the United States Congress (though its roots go back to 1945 when Congress urged employment for WWII servicemembers with disabilities), NDEAM is a good occasion for us [...]

Update on The White House Actions Regarding Vaccinations and More on September 9th

2021-09-16T13:46:40-04:00September 15th, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Health Savings Accounts, Labor News, Legislative News|

On September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden announced a “Path Out of the Pandemic,” indicating he will use regulatory powers and other actions to increase the number of vaccinated Americans. In short, the plan provides the following: Employers with [...]

The Employee Retention Tax Credit: How Do You Claim It?

2021-09-01T16:56:32-04:00August 31st, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News, Tax News|

Congress created the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) in March 2020 to provide financial relief to small businesses during the pandemic. Here’s some key facts about the ERTC and how to benefit from it. What is the Employee Retention Tax Credit? [...]

Commonly Asked Question: Does enrolling in Medicare trigger an offer of COBRA?

2021-08-06T09:50:10-04:00July 29th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits|

The answer to this question is, NO, enrolling in Medicare does not cause COBRA to start. Under the federal rules, COBRA must be offered to persons enrolled in the employer’s health plan only if they lose coverage because of [...]