Labor Alert: Department of Homeland Security Ending Temporary Policy for Form I-9 Identity Documents

2022-04-20T07:14:45-04:00April 20th, 2022|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Human Resources, Labor News|

Beginning May 1, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is ending its temporary Form I-9 policy that allows employers to accept List B documents that expired on or after March 1, 2020. DHS adopted the temporary policy in [...]

Connecticut Department of Labor Issues Final Proposed Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act Regulations

2022-04-20T13:17:54-04:00April 19th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Connecticut News, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News|

For months, employers have been eagerly awaiting updated regulations that address the revisions to the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act. At last, on March 22, 2022, the Connecticut Department of Labor released its final proposed amended FMLA regulations, answering questions [...]

US Department of Labor Announces Proposed Rule to Amend Occupational injury, Illness Recordkeeping

2022-03-30T11:05:49-04:00March 29th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits Compliance, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News, Safety Tips|

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing amendments to its occupational injury and illness recordkeeping regulation, 29 CFR 1904.41. The current regulation requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness information – that [...]

EEOC Updates Guidance on Religious Accommodations for COVID-19 Vaccines

2022-03-08T10:42:59-05:00March 8th, 2022|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News|

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently answered more questions from employers on how to handle religious objections to COVID-19 vaccinations and requests for accommodation. Here's what employers need to know. New Questions Answered The updated guidance answers the following questions [...]

Human Resources: An Employee Can No Longer Lift 50 Pounds. Can We Terminate?

2022-02-23T12:55:31-05:00February 23rd, 2022|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Human Resources|

Question: An employee in a job that regularly requires lifting 50 pounds now says they can only regularly lift 25 because of an off-the-job injury. Can we terminate? Answer: Possibly, but proceed with caution. The Americans with Disabilities Act [...]

Compliance Alert: OSHA Form 300A Must Be Posted by February 1

2022-01-26T15:13:08-05:00January 26th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Workers Compensation|

Employers that had 11 or more employees at any point in 2021 are required to post Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Form 300A from February 1 through April 30 unless they qualify as an exempt low-risk industry. A [...]

Compliance Alert: Final 2021 Instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C Issued

2022-01-05T12:19:56-05:00January 4th, 2022|ACA Compliance, Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Legislative News|

The IRS released final Instructions for Forms 1094-C and 1095-C for calendar year 2021 reporting. Applicable large employers (“ALEs”) must furnish Form 1095-C to full-time employees and file Form 1094-C and all 1095-Cs with the IRS. ALEs offering a [...]

Human Resources and Benefits Administration: Are Remote Employees Eligible for FMLA?

2021-12-15T09:53:15-05:00December 15th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation|

This is a question being asked more and more. Are remote employees eligible for FMLA? Yes, these new remote employees will likely be entitled to take leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), but not just [...]

Massachusetts Labor Update: Massachusetts Minimum Wage and PFML Increases for 2022

2021-12-14T12:38:12-05:00December 14th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Massachusetts News|

The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave (DFML) has continued to issue guidance and clarifications regarding the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFML) since the law went into effect in January 2021. Below is a summary [...]

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 [...]