Benefits Administration

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,” [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

New FMLA Model Notices and Forms Issued by the U.S. DOL Reflect Significant Changes

2020-09-24T10:51:25-04:00September 21st, 2020|Benefits Administration, Labor News|

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued new model notices and certification forms (FMLA forms), which can be used by employers to administer the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and fulfill the FMLA notice obligations. These [...]

Update on Drug Pricing: White House Issues Executive Orders To Lower Drug Prices

2020-08-24T12:16:35-04:00August 14th, 2020|Benefits Administration, Legislative News|

On July 24, 2020, President Donald Trump issued the following series of executive orders in an effort to lower drug prices: Executive Order on Lowering Prices for Patients by Eliminating Kickbacks to Middlemen: directs federally qualified health centers to [...]

IRS Provides More Options for Unused Funds in Health FSAs and DCAPs

2020-05-18T11:12:57-04:00May 18th, 2020|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News|

Options Include an Extended Period for Incurring Expenses and Increased Health FSA Carryover Limit Flexible spending accounts are about to get more flexible for people who have seen their household budgets upended by the Coronavirus pandemic. Account holders will [...]

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